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Film Studies - A Level at Canon Slade CofE School

Course description

Eduqas – Subject to DFE’s subject content requirements

What is the course aiming to do?

The A level specification in Film Studies is designed to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twenty-first century. You will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. You will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing your creative and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form. A variety of forms of assessment are used, with the intention of producing imaginative, active learners.


Course content

British Cinema

Hollywood Studio System

Contemporary Independent Cinema

World Cinema






Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English and Mathematics plus 3 A*-C grades at GCSE with a points score of 5.5+ (which equals roughly 4xB/6 and 4xC/5), from the top 8 GCSEs taken in the first sitting.

Additional Subject requirements are as follows:

A passion for film is also encouraged.


Written Examination component 1: American and British film

Section A: Classical Hollywood: US Hollywood Studio film.

Section B: Hollywood since the 1960s (two-film study)

Section C: Contemporary American independent film

Section D: British film (comparative study)

Written examination component 2: Varieties of film

Section A: Film movements (two-film study)

Section B: Documentary film

Section C: Global film (two-film study)

Section D: Short film

Non-exam assessment component 3: Production

This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. Learners produce:

• either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) and a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay

• an evaluative analysis (1250-1500 words).  


Future opportunities

Film Studies deals with many contemporary issues. You will be encouraged to analyse and challenge the powerful machinery of the mass media and film institutions. This subject requires you to be critically autonomous and you will develop excellent research skills in preparation for a wide range of careers. Students considering a career in the media are advised to take this course.

Further information

Am I suited to this subject?

You will need to develop initiative and flexibility in your thinking. Film Studies demands the ability to learn and to apply theory as a tool to analyse a wide films from different contexts.

What will I need to do myself?

In the first year of the course practical production will be interspersed with theoretical work. In the second year you produce a small-scale research project and build on your production skills. Wider reading of the subject is expected

Why should I come to Canon Slade to study Film?

The Film Studies qualification will allow you access to a variety of degree courses. If you wish to specialize it can be used to apply for Film studies / Media Studies related degree courses. As Film Studies employs close analysis skills, and aspects of Psychology, the course would be a benefit to any learner wishing to study, either English Literature or Psychology at degree level. With further training, you could go into a job related to film or the media, such as a camera operator or an editor. The course helps you develop the practical skills and deeper understanding of meaning and audiences, that employers in the film and media industries are looking for.

Additional information from Mr Stayte  

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 02 November 2016
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