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Film Studies AS/A Level at Sandwich Technology School

Course description

Why study this subject?

Film Studies offers a wide range of material for study, from recent Hollywood blockbusters to powerful challenging foreign language films. A range of topics relating to British cinema, both historically and thematically is available, and there is a strong expectation that students will keep up to date with developments in the film industry itself through case studies of contemporary film releases. If you enjoy a wide range of films and want to find out more about how they are put together then this course could be for you. Equally, if you want to learn more about making films yourself then this course would capture your interest. It would suit people considering going into film production or media related employment as well as those looking to go on to university or further training.

Length of the course: AS in one year. A2 in a further year


Course content

Component 1: American and British film

Assessment: Written examination which equates to 3 hours 35% of qualification

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films.

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Section B: American film since 2005
Section C: British Film since 1995

Component 2: Varieties of film

Assessment: written examination: 3 hours which equates to 35% of qualification

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of 5 five feature-length films and one compilation of short films

Section A: Global Film

Section B: Documentary film

Section C: Film Movements - Silent cinema

Section D: Film Movements - Experimental Film


Component 3: Production

Assessment: Non-exam assessment which equates to 30% of qualification

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 and an evaluative analysis (1250-1500 words).





Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE passes at Grade 4 including English or English Literature at grade 5

How to apply

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Last updated date: 09 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years