What will I study?
An A Level in Film Studies enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of film, the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts, film and its key contexts (including social, cultural, political, historical and technological contexts). You will also study how films generate meanings and responses, film as an aesthetic medium, the different ways in which spectators respond to film and film production and screenwriting. The historical range of films studied is extended in the second year with the study of silent film and significant film movements (such as European avant-garde and new wave cinemas in Europe and Asia) and studies in documentary, experimental and short films.
How will I be taught?
Lessons usually consist of a mixture of teacher input , class discussions, group work and often provoke 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 essay and past exam questions) and individual or group presentations. A Level Film Studies uses a system of Flipped Lea
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. Each project is assessed as a portfolio of work. You will be assessed through two exams at the end of Year 2, both worth 35%, and a production (screenwriting) based component worth 30%. To prepare you for external exams, you will carry out a programme of weekly tests, exam style assessments and Formal Progress Points where you 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.