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Film Studies AS / A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

Film has the ability to inform, to educate, to entertain. It is an art form which has the power to change the way its audience views the world. Indeed, in a society in which 15 million people (on average) go to the cinema every month, it is clear to see that film matters.
AS Film Studies will enable you to develop a greater appreciation of different genres of film and to understand the history of film. It will also allow you to develop a critical approach to analysing film and relate films to the social and cultural contexts in which they exist. The course helps to develop literacy, analytical, and creativity skills. You will be involved in group work at times, but will also be required to engage in independent study.


Course content

The AS course consists of two units of work:
• Unit 1 – Exploring Film Form (40%)
• Unit 2 – British and American Film (60%)
Unit 1 is an internally assessed unit which focuses on the micro features of film and the construction of meaning and emotion. Throughout this unit, the emphasis will be on the interaction of film and spectator. There are two pieces of assessment: an analysis of a film extract and a creative project.
Unit 2 is an externally assessed unit focuses on producers and audiences and the relationship between them and the role of macro features of film (narrative and genre) in constructing meanings. These will be studied in the context of
two national cinemas – those of the UK and the USA. This unit emphasises the interaction of its twin areas of study: the film industry (as producer/supplier of films) and audiences (as purchasers/consumers of films). This provides a context for the study of the narrative and genre features of UK and US films, including the ways in which they represent social reality.
At A2 level, students go on to study two more units which will further develop the skills and understanding learnt at AS level:
• Unit 3 – Film Research and Creative Projects (25% of A2)
• Unit 4 – Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates (25% of A2)

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge of the subject is required. It is recommended that candidates have attained communication and literacy skills at a level equivalent to GCSE Grade C in English.


For AS Level Film Studies, there are two units of assessment. Over the course of the year, you will develop a portfolio of coursework that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding, as well as your creativity and ability to work to a professional brief. The two hour external exam, taken in May/June, will assess your textual analysis skills and
provides a context for the study of the narrative and genre features of UK and US films, including the ways in which they represent social reality.

Future opportunities

AS Level Film Studies provides the foundation to further develop your skills at A2 level and can then lead on to various university courses, e.g. Media Studies, Media Production, Journalism and Film Studies, or into a film-related job or apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015
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Key information

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