About the course

A Level Film Studies will deepen your understanding and enjoyment of film. You will engage with a wide range of different films, developing your analysis and personal reflection skills. It is intended that your interest in film culture will be fostered and can be taken forward in lifelong learning.

Who is it for?

This course may appeal to Year 11 students if:

  • You want to develop your knowledge of the history of cinematic practices
  • You have an interest in film beyond just watching blockbusters
  • Perhaps your study of literature has sparked an interest in narrative

What will I do on this course?

You will be developing your understanding of film through a combination of analytical and creative work.

We explore film through an analysis of how it creates meanings and responses for audiences.

Course Outline


For this unit you will write a 1500 word essay on a film sequence of your choice. The focus will be on the effects/meanings generated by one of the following aspects of film technique:

  • Mise-en-scene
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Sound
  • Performance

Candidates will also plan, draft and produce one piece of practical film-related media. They can choose between:

  • A storyboard (of up to 25 images) for a short film or film extract
  • A step-outline (1,000 words) for a short film or film extract
  • A short film (2-3 minutes) in duration

The practical work will be accompanied by a brief (750 words) commentary on how meanings are produced by the practical work.

FM2: EXAM (60%)

For Section A of this unit, candidates will study the UK and US film industries, the audiences for films produced by these industries and their interrelationship. Case studies have included Disney, The Avengers (2012) and Working Title Films.

For Section B we will study British horror films over a variety of decades, looking at representations of Britishness and how British culture informs approaches to the genre. Focus films include Shaun of the Dead and The Wicker Man.

For Section C you will study two American films from different periods. The selection for the last few years have been the westerns The Searchers (1956) and Dances With Wolves (1990).

The course is currently taught by Mr Harris and Mrs Reeves.