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Film Studies GCE AS Level (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Film Studies is an analysis of the art of film from its inception to the modern day. You will study Hollywood films, British cinema and how the industry functions. You also get the chance to look at films from other countries and come up with your own creative ideas for a new screenplay or storyboard, and even make your own film. You will learn how to read a film, initially using popular examples from Hollywood. You will gradually widen your experience of film until, in the second year, you study world cinema and issues such as regulation, censorship and shocking cinema. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to have your own views and to look at films in your own way. An open mind will be encouraged, as will the ability to work on your own initiative and think for yourself about the creative decisions of those involved in film-making.

Course content

AS Level (year one) Unit One: Exploring Film Form: This unit focuses on how films construct meaning. You will learn how to ‘read’ a film and create your own sequence. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Unit Two: British and American Film: You will explore the relationship between producers and audiences in Hollywood and the UK. You will also study the narrative of British films, and conduct a comparative study of two American films.

Entry requirements

You will need a grade C in GCSE English Language.


The coursework counts for 40% of both AS and A2: film readings and a screenplay or a storyboard in year one; and creative work and a research project in year two.

Further information

Exam results are outstanding, with a large percentage of students gaining high marks. Film Studies complements almost anything - all arts and humanities subjects, with especially strong links to English Language, English Literature, Performing Arts, History, Psychology, Art and Sociology. You may go on trips and courses to local cinemas in Manchester, where visiting experts and those involved in the film industry will debate issues and illustrate their work. As the subject involves close analysis, creative flair and informed opinion making, it is relevant to a range of courses and careers. It has led in the past to media posts, teaching, journalism, advertising, the arts and practical film-making.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year