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Film Studies AS and A level at Eastbrook Comprehensive School

Course description

Film Studies is designed to deepen students' understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. Students will study cinema as an art form and as a social and economic institution. Students' will develop skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection. The course provides a strong base for progression to undergraduate film studies in Film Theory, Film Criticism and Film History.   

Course content


Exploring Film Form

Understanding film language and theory.

Considering audiences and the producers of films.

Assessed through a portfolio of coursework, including a short film.

British and American Film

i) The study of the UK and US film industries. Including: the Film Industry the Film Audience the interaction between Industry and Audience

(ii) The study of British film focusing on:  British Film and Genre

(iii) The study of US film focusing on a comparison between two films.  


Film Research and Creative Projects

Small-scale research project 

A complete short film of three to five minutes

Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates

A    World Cinema - Focus on surrealism or neo-realism

B    Spectatorships Topics  - Popular Film and Emotional Response

C  Single Film – Critical Study - Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Entry requirements

5   GCSE’s at grade C in 5 separate subjects including both English and Mathematics. 

Excellent attendance and punctuality are essential.  You will be required to complete independent research and study. You will need to complete all homework on time and to the required standard. You are expected to take responsibility for your revision and attend any support sessions which are offered when preparing for the examination.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbrook Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September