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Film Studies A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

A successful AS/A2 level Film Studies student will need to be interested in the world of film: understanding the relationship between films and viewers, watching movies from a range of genres and film movements, analysing issues of representation and discussing why we see the films we do in cinemas. You will enjoy film and want to find out more about the production and social context of the movies you watch.

Course content

What will I study?

The first year introduces the subject and important concepts that you will need to apply throughout the course. This includes macro concepts such as narrative and genre as well micro terminology for analysing films. We will watch a variety of films and analyse them closely, considering representation in British Horror cinema and the themes and style of the Film Noir genre in Contemporary American film. The A2 course requires knowledge and understanding of world cinema; we will look particularly at the portrayal of power, poverty and conflict in Brazilian and French cinema. Coursework units focus on a mix of written, analytical work and creative, practical work.

How will I learn?

Film Studies lessons incorporate a range of activities, from film screenings, group discussion work, individual analysis and student led presentations. Lessons are fast paced and encourage students to work both independently and in groups.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C including English Language


40% of the AS course is assessed through coursework, which comprises a 1500 word micro study of the film of your choice and a creative project in which you produce a storyboard for an original film. 60% of the first year is examined during one exam.

You will answer ONE question in each of the three sections on British Horror films, Contemporary American films and the British and Hollywood movie industries.

The A2 course is assessed in the same ratio of coursework to exam. You will produce a small scale Research Project on the area of study of your choice, which will develop your research and presentation skills, and a screenplay for an original film. The examination will assess your knowledge of world cinema in a comparison question and a single study question, as well as a question on emotional responses to popular film.

Future opportunities

Film Studies is a well respected course as it encourages close analysis and contextual understanding. This course works well with a range of subjects such as English (Language/ Literature), Communication and Culture and the humanities. Students who have taken this course have gone on to courses at university such as Film, English, Journalism, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Teaching and History. This course will develop your confidence, skills of analysis and contextual understanding of the world around you.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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