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Film Studies A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study Film Studies?

Studying Film will deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the major art form of the last 120 years. We have all been ‘cineliterate’ since early childhood but few realise what a complex act of decoding we take on when we watch a film. Studying Cinema as a medium, as art and as a social and economic institution, you will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection. 

Course content

What Does The Course Involve?

You will be introduced to the diverse range of film forms and film styles that have developed in different places through the history of cinema. This will include analysing how film ‘works’; how the interaction between spectator and the use of editing, sound and visual storytelling creates meaning. There will be opportunities to put this learning into practice through practical filmmaking.

We will also analyse how the context of filmmaking affects style and ideology through study of a diverse range of film, including documentary, Hollywood genre films, experimental film and British cinema. There will also be a focus on international film movements.

With its emphases on visual storytelling and response Film Studies extends areas of experience covered by Literature, Theatre and Art History specifications. With its emphases on depth and diversity it goes much further than Media Studies in providing a foundation in the study of film texts, producers, audiences, messages and critical approaches. With its emphases on the interaction between audiences and film and psychoanalytical approaches to reading Cinema, there are links with the Social Sciences and Business Studies. With its emphases on the context of film production, there are parallels with the study of History.

Entry requirements

Five 4s. 4 in English Language


How Will I Be Assessed?

Exam board: WJEC. The A Level course will involve two exams, one focusing on American and British film, the other on Varieties of Film.  Exams will total 70% of the mark.  30% will come from a creative production of either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay (1600-1800 words), plus an evaluative analysis of the creative work

Future opportunities

Film making, film theory, film criticism and film history

The social sciences

The media


The performing arts



Creative writing

Further information

Contact Head of Department for further information on extension 5743.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Fs