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Film Studies

Film Studies A Level

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Eduqas A-level 

Entry Requirements 

GCSE grade 5 in English Language or English Literature and successful completion of the pre-course tasks. 

Skills required 

Students must have a desire to deepen their understanding of film, a dedication to directed and independent study and an enthusiasm for creativity and discussion. 

Far from being a passive activity of simply watching the screen, Film Studies can help you gain an appreciation of film as an art form. It can develop your knowledge of storytelling, practical creative applications and understanding the world in terms of competing attitudes and beliefs. 

Film Studies at Coombe Dean School will provide an engaging, challenging and exciting opportunity to study the medium of Film through its processes, messages and connotations. 

Course outline 

Students will study a range of films from silent cinema, modern American film, British and World Cinema, documentaries and experimental film.  

Students will ultimately demonstrate their knowledge with two examinations at the end of Year 13 with elements of practical and theoretical coursework. 

Student testimony

“If you like different types of film, it’s interesting and very entertaining. And you get a chance to be creative when it comes to the NEA.”   

Career paths 

Employment in the screen industries has grown by over 20% since 2009.    Career paths for students of Film may include practical ‘film-making’ avenues such as Directing, Producing and Editing, but also allows movement into Film Criticism, Journalism and Teaching, among others. Universities view Film Studies as an academic subject and is a relevant A Level for further study or entry to reading Humanities and arts related disciplines. 

Course outline/assessment 

Term 1 - An introduction to film 

Term 4 - British Cinema 

Term 2 - Global Cinema 

Term 5 - Film Movements: Silent Cinema 

Term 3 - Hollywood 

Term 6 - Film Movements: Documentary film