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A-Level Film Studies (WJEC/ Eduqas)

Film Studies is a wide and exciting subject to study. Film is widely acknowledged as a major art form of the 20th Century and today film continues to be an important part of most people’s cultural experience. AS Film Studies is designed to build upon your own experience of film – as consumers and creators – and to encourage recognition of the complexity of this experience within an increasingly globalized environment.
This course allows you to study films and the ways in which they are experienced, the importance of visual representation in today’s global society and the place film has in communicating ideas, attitudes and cultural beliefs, both now and in the past.

You will be encouraged to:

Develop a critical and investigative approach to films, the film industry and film audiences.
Study patterns of similarity and difference across a range of films.
Recognize the ways in which films represent people, places, ideas, issues and events to different audiences.
Recognize and explore the creative possibilities of film and film products
Engage with aesthetic, technical, economic, ethical and moral issues as they arise in their study of film, film audiences and the film industry.

What’s it like studying Film Studies?

In film studies we pride ourselves in delivering varied and interesting lessons in order to provide all students with opportunities to work in the ways which suit them best whilst allowing them to develop a wide range of skills. Lessons may include: A lecture or teacher-led discussion to introduce key themes. Film screenings followed by Class debate and discussion. Individual and small group presentations. Note-taking and essay writing. Group work. Individual research

Core focus Areas

  • Area 1. The key elements of film form – cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing and sound, which have significance both individually and in combination with one another
  • Area 2. How film creates meaning and generates response, including how it functions as a medium of representation.
  • Area 3. Film as an aesthetic medium.
  • Area 4. The social, cultural, political, historical and institutional, including production, contexts of film.
    Additional focus areas
  • Area 5. Focus on the spectator and spectatorship in contemporary American independent film
  • Area 6 & 7. Focus on narrative and critical approaches to studying narrative – the formalist and structuralist conception of film narrative in recent British film, a two-film study.
  • Area 8. Film poetics – film as ‘constructed’ in non-English language European film.


Core Film TEXTs A/S

Do The Right Thing (Lee, 1989, USA)
Some Like it Hot (Wilder, 1959, USA)
Trainspotting (Boyle, 1996, UK)
This is England (Meadow, 2006, UK)
Pan’s Labyrinth (Del-Toro, 2006, Spain/Mexico)
Winter’s Bone (Garnik, 2010, USA)


Mark Lickley

Mark Lickley has an MA in Film Studies from UCL and has fifteen years’ experience of teaching A level Film Studies. He is a course work moderator for the current specification and presents at Film Studies training evens for the Eduqas/ WJEC examination boards.

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