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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE
Albemarle Independent Private College in Central London

Film Studies (OCR)

A Level Course Outline

Who should study this course?

Film Studies

This course is attractive to students who have a keen interest in moving image products and processes by situating them into broader cultural and historical perspectives.

It would complement any subject combination, including English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, History, Politics, as well as Photography and Art. Anyone who wants to study the way in which the mass media influences our daily lives should study this course.

What does the course aim to do?

Film Studies is designed to harness and develop your analytical skills through the analysis of a diverse range of film including: documentary; film from the silent period; experimental film; and short film. Using an historical framework the syllabus utilises case study film texts to focus on: the institutions that made them; how and why they were made; who they were made for and the rules that govern their production. These approaches will be combined with an understanding of the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts.

Students will also be able to research, plan and develop film production skills through practical work.

Which topics will I study?

A-level Film Studies engages students with the in-depth study of film products. Students are introduced to the contexts and concepts of film making and how they are used to create meaning,

There are three components to the Film Studies syllabus

FILM STUDIES A Level Specification

Paper One
Film History

35% of A level Exam

Film History

  • The silent period
  • 1930-1960
  • 1961-1990.
  • Experimental film (European surrealist film) and either
  • German expressionism or
  • French new wave.

Assessed in May/June

Paper Two

35% of A level Exam

Critical Approaches to Film

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.

Assessed in May/June

30% of A level Exam


Coursework production

  • Production of a 5 minute short film
  • Evaluative analysis of the production in relation to professionally produced set short films.

What Skills Will I Develop?

Structure of the Course

This course will be taught for 6x 1hour lessons per week. The course will involve a substantial amount of essay writing, so please be prepared for this.

Course Textbook

A Level Film Studies: The Essential Introduction, (2020), Casey-Benyahia, S, White, J and Gaffney, F.

Further Reading

The Oxford Guide to Film Studies (2002), Hill and Church-Gibson