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Film Studies A2 GCE A Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

The course is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twenty-first century.

Course content

You will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. You will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing your creativity and practical skills.

The study of film producers and audiences explores issues of production and consumption: the supply of and demand for films. Some of the recurring debates within film culture will be explored. These include the global dominance of Hollywood, strategies for supporting indigenous film and the significance of fandom. The course will also introduce you to the diverse range of film forms and film styles developed in different places throughout the history of cinema.

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved a C grade in English and have a genuine interest in Film.



FM3: Film Research and Creative Projects 25%

This is the coursework unit and consists of:

* An individual small-scale research project. You will choose a focus for your study, for example a film director such as Quentin Tarantino or a star such as Marlon Brando, and will conduct detailed research. You must base your study on one relevant focus film, making appropriate reference to at least two other related films. You will then write a script for a presentation about your chosen focus.

* Creative project, consisting of creating and producing a new short film and writing a reflective analysis of your production.

This work is internally assessed and externally moderated

FM4: Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates 25%

In this unit you will study complex films from different contexts, extending knowledge of the diversity of film and its effects; explore spectatorship issues in relation to a particular type of film; and apply key concepts and critical approaches gained throughout the course to explore one film in detail. You will study Mexican Cinema since 1990, Popular Cinema and Emotional Response, The close film (which is the individual film you will study in detail) will be Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock

2 hours 45 minutes examination

Film Studies is a well established, academic subject, supported by the British Film Institute.

Future opportunities

There is a huge range of courses available to students who would like to continue Film Studies at university, from practical film making degrees to courses that apply critical and theoretical approaches to film. Students have gone on to enjoy careers in film and media production, film marketing, arts and events management and teaching.

Further information

Film Studies is a well established, academic subject, supported by the British Film Institute. Exam results at Weatherhead are excellent and many students go on to study Film or Screen Studies as part of their degree. Students have the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics while on the course and will be supported by a team of staff with a broad subject knowledge and industry experience.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year