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AS and A Level Film Studies



Mr S Johnson


About the subject

Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.


This course offers opportunities to study mainstream American films from the past and the present as well as a range of recent and contemporary British films, American independent films and global films, both non-English language and English language. The historical range of film represented in those films is extended by the study of silent film and significant film movements so that students can gain a sense of the development of film from its early years to its still emerging digital future. Studies in documentary, experimental and short films add to the breadth of the learning experience.


Production work is a crucial part of the course and is integral to learners' study of film. Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting.

At Robert Clack we offer students the chance to first study the AS Level and then in their second year the option to take up the full A Level course.


Year 12 Overview

AS Level – Exam


Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990


Section B: American film since 2005


Section C: British film since 1995


Year 13 Overview


A Level - Exam


Paper One

Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990

Section B: American film since 2005

Section C: British film since 1995




Paper Two

Section A: Global film

Section B: Documentary film

Section C: Film movements – Silent cinema.

Section D: Film movements – Experimental film (1960-2000)


Coursework Portfolio


Across both years of the course students are asked to produce a short film (4-5 minutes) and an evaluative analysis (1600 - 1800 words).


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