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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in January 2023 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Film Studies A Level KS5

What will students study in Film Studies this year? 

In years 12 and 13 students will have nine periods of Film Studies a fortnight.

Year 12:

Students will be introduced to the skills and terminology that they will need to analyse films.  They will also be introduced to practical production skills.  They will complete units including:

  • American Film 1930-1990
  • American Film since 2005
  • British Film Since 1995
  • Silent Cinema

They will study set films about which they will be examined in their final A Level exams in Year 13.  They will also learn how to plan a short film, write a screenplay, shot list and storyboard and how to film and edit.   They will use this knowledge to produce a practice short film and will complete research and planning work in preparation for their final coursework production in Year 13, working to briefs set by the exam board.

Year 13:

Students will study the following topics in Year 13, to prepare them for Paper 2 of their A Level Film Studies exam:

Additionally students will produce their final short film for the production component of the course. A significant period of time in the spring term will be devoted to revision and exam preparation.

What are the major assessments this year? 

Students will be assessed at the end of each unit of study, this will usually be half termly, although units do vary in length so some may be assessed after a term.  Students will also sit practice examinations in accordance with the whole school assessment calendar. 

What do assessments test? 

The majority of assessments will test students’ ability to analyse films in extended pieces of writing.  Students will also be assessed on their practical production work.

What are the expectations of my child in Film Studies? 

To be enthusiastic about films and learning about filmmakers and film history and committed to an exciting and challenging subject.  To approach the academic aspects of the course with an analytical and enquiring mind and to approach practical production work with organisation, creativity, an eye for detail and a willingness to adapt and improve. 

What should students do if they are struggling in Film Studies?

We want to encourage an open atmosphere within the department where students are happy to say if they feel they need help or guidance with Media work.  Students should speak to their Media Studies teacher in the first instance and they may be offered additional support after school if it is felt necessary. 

How can I best support my child in Film Studies?

Through encouraging students to watch films that stretch and challenge them and encouraging them to attend the trips and extracurricular activities offered by the Media and Film Studies Department.