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Film Studies A level at Shenfield High School

Course description

Film Studies deepens students’ understanding of film as a significant cultural art form. The course explores the relationships between film audiences and institutions, offering a historical and contemporary critique of both Hollywood and the UK film industry.

Students will be awarded with a fully accredited A Level after completion of the two year course and will also learn many transferable work skills which will be of vital use in the future. Throughout the course there will be various additional opportunities including visiting speakers, potential work experience placements and other trips, both in the UK and abroad.

Course content

  • British Horror Cinema – Students will explore how British Horror cinema has evolved over the last fifty years, with emphasis on contemporary modern horror.
  • The Film Industry – Students will explore how technology is changing the landscape of the film industry in the modern world. This unit also explores how films are marketed, the role of stars in modern Hollywood and other associated topics.
  • American Cinema – Students will compare and contrast two American films made in different decades and comment on what aspects of American society the films analyse.
  • Documentaries – Students will explore issues associated with documentary filmmaking, including notions surrounding reality in documentaries and the impact that this form of filmmaking has on the watching spectator.
  • Fight Club – Students will analyse this film, in terms of its reception and other debates surrounding the narrative, including issues with the depiction of masculinity and marketing.
  • Film research – The coursework for the A Level is based around student’s own knowledge of the film form and they will be asked to present their own research on an area of interest.

Entry requirements

Students need to have at least a grade B in GCSE English language. (Students obtaining a C grade in English Language will still be considered for the course, but only following a successful meeting with the Course Leader.)


All units are marked through a mixture of external examinations and internally moderated coursework. Assessment will be undertaken continuously and all pieces will be awarded a grade ranging from an A*-E.

Future opportunities

At the end of the course you may choose to progress to Higher Education to study for a degree or to an alternative institution in the form of an apprentice programme. Alternatively you could pursue employment in a wide range of media areas such as marketing, editing, promotions or a career in television or cinema.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenfield High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years