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Film Studies AS & A Level at Bebington High Sports College

Course description

Film Studies allows students to examine contemporary film and explore our reaction to messages and themes in a range of texts. Students identify the techniques that are use to communicate meaning in sequences, as well as the how the film industry operates. Students employ these skills to plan and create their own film sequences.

Course content

There are a total of four units in the course – two at AS and two at A2:

AS (one year):

  • Unit 1: FM1 – Exploring Film Form Students analyse the opening sequence of a film of their choice, identifying how meaning is created using micro-features (lighting, sound, camera angles, etc). Once the genre codes and conventions have been identified, students plan their own opening sequence to a film using the same characteristics. Students fully evaluate the success of their projects.
  • Unit 2: FM2 – British and American Film Students explore the film industries of the UK and US, exploring different and similar processes in creating meaning for the spectator. Students study in detail the genre of horror within British films, and analyse two American films from different time periods in detail, identifying factors that can cause the presentation and content of the films to differ.

A2 (one year):

  • Unit 1: FM3 – Film Research and Creative Projects Students select an area of modern film that interests them and they research and prepare a detailed presentation to be performed to the class. Students use this research to produce a linked screenplay, evaluating the success of the finished product.
  • Unit 2: FM4 – Varieties of Film Experience Students study a variety of international film styles, exploring issues of spectatorship and meaning within these texts. Students look at Surrealism and the creation of emotional response within film texts. Students analyse one film text in detail (Vertigo), analysing the director’s craft as well as critical interpretations of the text.

Entry requirements

For both courses students should gain a C grade or above in English.

For Film Studies, students are expected to have an interest in film and have viewed a range of contemporary film texts. Students need to pass the AS courses to continue on to A Level.


For AS and A2 Film Studies, the course is 60% examination and 40% coursework.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Media or Film Studies is an excellent springboard to Higher Education and careers in film, television, journalism, marketing, advertising and public relations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bebington High Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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