Entry Requirements:


Grade 4 in English language




Two teachers will be responsible for delivering the content of the course over five lessons a week.

• Each lesson should be understood as a 'signpost' for the student's learning and independent learning is actively encouraged.

• You must be willing to engage in discussion and debate around the film text and other primary sources.

• You must provide close analysis of set film texts and be able to consider new and challenging ideas.

• You must be prepared to carry out independent research, interpret secondary sources and engage with wider critical reading - this is often evidenced in presentations and seminars run by students in the class!


You will be assessed by a combination of coursework (40%) and external exam (60%).


AS in the first year consists of 2 modules:

Exploring Film Form (40%)

This is composed of one written analysis of a chosen sequence from a film of the student's own choice and a creative / practical project (storyboarding, screenwriting or filmmaking) that will draw upon the skills developed in the analysis.

British and American Film (60%)


This is an externally assessed exam of 2.5 hours divided into three sections with a choice of questions. Section A considers both the Hollywood and British film industry, and trends in cinema-going. Section B considers an aspect of British Film culture via the analysis of a variety of film texts, in particular 1963-73. Section C considers two US Films for comparative study


A2 in the second year consists of two modules:

Film Research and Creative Projects (40%)

This is composed of a research project on area of investigation identified by the student and a creative / practical project (screenwriting, outline for a documentary or filmmaking) that will draw upon established skills.

Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates (60%)

This is an externally assessed exam of 2.5 hours divided into three sections with a choice of questions. Section A considers World Cinema and in particular the style of German and Russian cinema of the 1920s.Section B considers spectatorship and audience responses to films which challenge 'mainstream' cinema. Section C considers a single film for critical analysis and interpretation.


Future Opportunities:


Although it might not get you a job in the film industry, the skills developed during the course link with a range of subjects at Higher Education and with a wide range of vocations and Professions:


* Advertising   * Marketing

* Arts Administration  * Museum

* Film    * Public Relations

* Journalism   * Archivist work.

* Media


Future prospects in these areas are encouraging and this course provides students with an understanding of an art form, industry and institution that has prominent cultural significance in the new millennia.


Please note: This subject is delivered at Tapton School as part of the Tapton Academy Trust Partnership. A free minibus is provided to transport students between lessons.





Film Studies

Taught at Tapton School



Ever considered that a film is so difficult to explain because it's so easy to understand? Well, this course will introduce you to the study of film as an art form and an industry. Analysis of the film maker's craft will give you a critical understanding of the moving image and assessment mixes written exams with course work (screen writing, story boarding and film-making options). You'll have an interest in film, a willingness to extend the range of films that you watch and an enquiring mind, established writing skills and a willingness to enter into debate.


Course Content:


You will study:


• The history of the Hollywood and British Film Industry.

• The global dominance of Hollywood both as an Industry and as an Institution.

• How films are made, sold and shown.

• How audiences make choices about the films they watch, where they watch them and the pleasures they take from this experience.

• How films reflect the attitudes and values of the times in which they were made.

• The filmmakers' art.

• A variety of genre films.

• A variety of films produced in a particular historical context.

• Examples of Hollywood, British and World Cinema.
























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Sheffield S6 5HG

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