Film Studies AS Level

What will you learn?

  • The key elements of film (such as cinematography and editing.)

  • How film form creates meaning

  • Film as an aesthetic medium

  • Genre

  • Representation

  • Spectator theory

  • Narrative theory

  • Film contexts: historical, social, cultural, political and production.

  • Films from the Classical and New Hollywood eras

  • American independent films

  • British films

  • European films not in the English language

  • How to apply your learning to producing a film sequence or storyboard and screenplay.

  • Writing at an academic level commensurate with AS level.

What resources will I need?

No specific resources are required however:

  • Access to films and ways to view these is preferred.

  • The school has cameras but students may prefer to use the excellent cameras on their phones.

  • Most students prefer to bring their own A4 ring binder in which to store and organise their notes.

How will you be assessed?

In year 9, you are assessed in line with GCSE grades in order to aid the transition to AS Level. You will be expected to perform at the top end of this range.

The AS level itself is assessed in two 90 minute exams in which you respond in essay form., as well as via a Non-Examined Assessment in the form of either a film sequence or a digital storyboard plus a screenplay

Where can this subject take you in the future?

You can study Film at the very highest level at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities as well as specialist courses across the country.

Practical jobs in the film industry, such as production, editing, marketing and distribution, as well as theoretical pathways such as film criticism, film journalism and film education.