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St Mark's Catholic School

St Mark's Catholic School

Film Studies

Mr P Hanlon - Subject Leader

Film Studies is divided into a total of 4 units, 2 AS units and 2 A2 units. Weightings noted below are expressed in terms of the full A level qualification (AS in brackets).

AS Level

Unit 1: FM1 - 20% (40%)


Exploring Film Form

  • One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of candidate's choice produce meanings and responses (1500 words)
  • One creative project based on a film sequence or short film (sequence of short film/reflective analysis)

Unit 2: FM2 - 30% (60%)

Exam: 2½hours Written Paper

British and American Film

Three questions, one from each sectino:

  • Section A: Response to stimulus material set by Awarding Body based on producers and audiences of film
  • Section B: Topics in British Film
  • Section C: US Film - Comparative study of two films

A Level (the above plus a further 2 units)

Unit 3: FM3 - 25%


Film Research and Creative Projects

a small-scale research project

creative project

Unit 4: FM4 - 25%

Exam: 2¾hours Written Paper

Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates

Three questions, one from each section:

  • Section A: World Cinema topics
  • Section B: Spectatorship topics
  • Section C: Single Film - Critical Study