What will I study?
An A Level in Film Studies will develop your knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of films. Students study the significance of film and film practice in national and global contexts as well as studying the contexts that inform our understanding of films and explain their importance (including social, cultural, political and historical contexts). You will also study the wide variety of ways in which films generate meanings, how film can be appreciated as an aesthetic medium and the different ways in which spectators respond to film intellectually and emotionally. In addition, students learn about film production and will be taught how to write a screenplay for a short film. The historical range of films studied is extended in the second year with the study of silent film and experimental films and documentary cinema.
How will I be taught?
Lessons usually consist of a mixture of teacher input, analysis of films, class discussions, group work and lively debate. A range and variety of learning materials and resources are used during lessons to engage you and encourage debate about the films and topics being studied. In class assessments and activities take a variety of forms, including Q&A, written assessments (such as essays and past exam questions) and individual or group presentations. A Level Film Studies uses a system of Flippe
How will I be assessed?
This is a two-year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. You will be assessed through two exams at the end of Year 2, both worth 35%, and a production based component worth 30% that centres on screenwriting. To prepare you for external exams, you will carry out a programme of weekly tests, exam style assessments and Formal Progress Points that will monitor your attendance, how hard you are working and your academic progress. All Year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway that will allow you to progress to Year 2.