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Film Studies A Level at Corelli College Co-Operative Academy

Course description

Course Outline Film Studies is a fast-growing subject, both at AS/A level and in universities. Students will achieve a deep understanding of Hollywood and non-Hollywood film industries.

In the first AS unit, students will study film techniques (e.g. mise en scene, cinematography, sound, editing) and different genres. Students will look at how filmmakers use techniques to create meaning, and they will apply them to create their own short films. Students will also write a 1500 word analytical coursework essay on a film sequence of their choice.

The second unit explores film industries and audiences. The exam paper here takes the form of case studies. Students also study films from Britain and Hollywood; this part of the course is very similar to studying literature, i.e. we consider characters, narration, themes, etc. Assessment is also very similar to literature in the form of written essays.

In the second year, the course covers the same aspects in more depth, and widens the scope to include world cinema e.g. Mexican or Japanese cinema. As part of their coursework, students complete a research project on a film area of interest to them, and also produce a creative film project. In the industry section we consider issues such as audiences’ emotional response(s) to film. We also study one film in depth e.g. Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ (1958), bringing together all the aspects covered elsewhere in the course throughout the two years. Assessment is essay-based.

Obviously, Film Studies suits students who enjoy watching films. However, it should be stressed that Film Studies is not a film club but an academic approach to film-making. Students should therefore be interested in finding out what goes on behind the scenes. Moreover, a large part of the assessment consists of essay-writing, so to do well in Film Studies you should have proved yourself in GCSE subjects such as English Literature.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSEs including English, due to the importance of essay writing a B in English Language is desirable


AS: 60% exam, 40% controlled assessment (produce a short film & write an evaluation; analysis of film sequence)

AS: 50% exam (three sections); 50% controlled assessment (short film and research project)

Future opportunities

Media, broadcasting, film production and advertising courses at university, teaching or Industry based careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Corelli College Co-Operative Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years