What will I learn?
A level film studies encourages learners to examine films critically and analytically, developing their understating of what makes ‘great’ film and recognising how past masters have helped shape this progressive medium. It is both a practical and creative course so you will have the opportunity to consider the cultural and artistic impact of important works, whilst using this knowledge to help you inform your own productions.
If you consider yourself a creative thinker and are interested in film analysis and film creation, then this is the course for you!
What skills do I need?
People who excel on this course have a real enthusiasm for film. They are motivated to understand what techniques make film such a unique form of expression and enjoy examining the meanings behind the texts. Students who have been successful in English are likely to do well, but it is also important that you are prepared to use your understanding to create your own texts (either as screenplays or as fully completed film extracts).
How is the course graded?
Component One: American Film. This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three American films.
Section A: Hollywood since the 1960s (two-film study) - one two-part question, requiring reference to two Hollywood films, one produced between 1961 and 1990 and the other more recent.
Section B: Contemporary American independent film. One two-part question, requiring reference to one contemporary American independent film (produced after 2010).
Component Two: European Film. This component assesses knowledge and understanding of two British films (a comparative study) and one non-English language European film.
Section A: British film (comparative study) - one two-part question, requiring reference to a pair of British films, one produced between 1930 and 1960 and the other more recent.
Section B: Non-English language European film - one two-part question, requiring reference to one non-English language European film.
Component Three: Film Production. This component assesses one production and its accompanying evaluative analysis.
Production. Either an extract from a film highlighting narrative construction (2½ to 3½ minutes) Or a screenplay for an extract from a film highlighting narrative construction of between 1200 and 1400 words plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay.
Evaluative analysis - An evaluative analysis (1000-1250 words) of the production in comparison with other professionally produced films or screenplays.
What is next for me after this course?
The course can open up doors in journalism, TV production, advertising, public relations, publishing and film production.