A-Level Film Studies

What will I be learning? 

You will study 8 units within the course. These will be as follows:  

  • Classic Hollywood film
  • Modern American Film
  • British Film
  • European Cinema
  • World Cinema
  • Silent Film
  • Documentary Film
  • Planning, filming and editing your own short film. 

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed at the end of Year 13, with 1 externally assessed Non-Examined unit. For this you will plan, film and edit your own short film in response to a brief set by the examination board. 

Independent study opportunities

Students will have access to watch a range of different films. Students will be required to film and edit outside of lesson to enhance their filming and editing ability. It is encouraged that students also watch a range of different films independently. 

What resources do I need? 

School will provide access to cameras and editing software should you need it. 

Will I go on any trips?

In the past we have taken students to Warner Brothers Studios and the British Film Institute.  In the course its great experience for students to regularly visit the cinema to experience films on the big screen. 

What careers could this lead on to? 

The film industry is one of Britain’s fasted growing industries, and they are crying out for young people to train in this field. 
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What grades do I need for this course? 

An Average Point Score of a 4 is needed. Studying GCSE Media would be an advantage, although not a set requirement.