A Level Film Studies

“Why should I study Film Studies??”

This course of study encourages learners to watch, engage critically with and explore a wide range of film; to develop and sustain confident, personal responses to film via textual analysis; and to enjoy a variety of critically acclaimed films across the major genres. These include films from different cultural perspectives, films from the Silent Era to the present day, and different forms of film, including documentary, shorts and experimental. OCR’s A Level in Film Studies reinforces the relationship between academic theory and practice through a creative production where students get to make a five-minute short film or write a screen play.

“What will I study?”

Course Content

Paper 1- Film History (2 hour exam)

Learners will develop knowledge of film form through the study of at least three US set films from:

•               the Silent Era

•               1930–1960

•               1961–1990.

Learners will also study set films from two major European film movements or stylistic developments such as German Expressionism or the French New Wave.

Paper 2- Critical Approaches to Film (2 hour exam)

Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of key critical approaches to film and of narrative, genre, representations and spectatorship. Learners must study at least one set film from each of the categories below:

•               Contemporary British

•               Contemporary US

•               Documentary

•               Non-European non-English language

•               English language (non-US)

•               US Independent.

Making Short Film Non-examined assessment (NEA)

Learners will study a compilation of short films and then make their own short film or a 10 minute screenplay for a short film (incorporating a digitally photographed storyboard)