A Level Film Studies at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School
Unit 1 Exploring Film Form - coursework (40% of the total AS marks)
• An analysis of how the aspects of a chosen extract from a film of the candidate’s choice produce meanings and responses.
• A creative project - e.g. a short film or a digital storyboard.
Unit 2 British and American Film - 2 hours 30 minutes written paper (60% of the total AS marks)
Section A—Responses to stimulus material concerning producers and audiences of film.
Section B—Topics in British film - for instance in 2014/15 we are looking at British Horror focusing on 3 film texts - Dracula Prince of Darkness, The Wickerman and Plague of the Zombies.
Section C—US Cinema Comparative Study. The students will be required to compare and contrast two films
Unit 3 A small scale film research and creative project - coursework (25% of the total A level marks)
• A research project based on one director and two/three of his/her films.
• A creative project – a short film approx four minutes long - a group piece.
Unit 4 Written Exam - 2 hours 30 minutes (25% of the total A level marks)
Section A: World Cinema topics
Section B: Spectatorship topics Section C: Single Film - Critical Study e.g. in 2014/15 we are studying Hitchcock’s Vertigo..
At least a Grade C in GCSE English Language.
Students will be assessed through a coursework unit in Year 12 (40% of the AS) and a written exam in the summer of the first year (60% of the AS).
At A2 the research unit and the short film work represent 50% of the A2 with the exam in the summer of the second year representing the remaining 50% of the A2.
Past students have gone on to study Film, Media, English, Politics, Arts Foundation, Sociology, Design and other Arts related subjects. Some students may want to pursue a more practical film courses and careers in film production and post production.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School directly.