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Film Studies A Level at Parkside School

Course description

The course will be of value to those who wish to engage closely with film interpretation, critical evaluation, audience contexts, industry processes and film theory. In the first year students will acquire a range of analytical skills by studying British and American film, developing an understanding of film language as well as being provided with the creative opportunity tocreate a storyboard sequence. The second year focusespredominantly on exploring world cinema texts and critical frameworks as well as offering a practical opportunity for a small-scale research project and the production of a screenplay or complete short film.


Entry requirements

Completion of AS Film Studies


FM3 - Film Research and Creative Projects - Coursework 50%

A small scale research project with an investigation into a specific context like genre, director or performer - it will be based on one focus film, making appropriate reference to at least two other films

Creative project which may be either a complete short film, an extended screenplay or a step outline for a documentary

FM4 - Varieties of Film Experience; Issues and Debates 50%

2 hour 45 minute written paper

Three questions, one from each section:

Section A : World Cinema topics - Aspects of National Cinema, International Film Styles, Specialist Study

Section B : Spectatorship topics; Early Cinema, Documentary, Experimental Film, Popular Film and Emotional Response

Section C : Single Film - Critical study

Future opportunities

Film Studies is a relatively recent A level, which is now well established and fully recognised by alluniversities. It could be combined very successfully with English, Drama, Photography, Art & Design, Sociology, Psychology, Languages or Humanities.

It provides an excellent progression for those who wish to follow a career in Film and the Media or other related areas or to any analytical course at Higher Education. The skills acquired through studying film can also prove invaluable in jobs which involve creativity or communication

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 1 year