A Level Film Studies

Film Studies A Level

In Films Studies A level you will be watching a wide range of films. Your job to prepare for the course is to watch as many films as you can. Really explore the films you watch, if you usually only watch Action films, check out some fantasy or Sci Fi. A good guide is to look for award winning films you can watch. Also look out for any of our study films (see list below)

As you are watching the film think about the following:-

  • Cinematography – What is the camera doing? How is it helping to tell the story?
  • Lighting – How is light and shadow being used deliberately to communicate the mood?
  • Editing – How has the film been edited between shots to create a dynamic flow?
  • Mise-en-scene – How have props and setting been used to create layers of meaning?
  • Performance – How are the actors building character through their gestures and voice?
  • Sound – How is the soundtrack (the music) complimenting the onscreen action. How is the sound within the film story being used?


Hold these ideas in your mind as you watch the film, you will be amazed at how much deeper your film experience will be. I sometimes sit with a favourite movie and a pad and make little notes as I go. It sounds weird, but believe me, you get to the other end of the Movie and it changes your entire view of a film you thought you knew so well.

Our study films

Pulp Fiction (1994) – Tarantino film, a real modern classic, great soundtrack too. Dow things with story telling that will blow your mind.

Casablanca (1942) – Always in the top 10 of the greatest films of all time. Amazing performances.

Blade Runner (1982) – Wow! To look at this film is stunning even by modern standards. Great story too.

Pans Labyrinth (2006) – OMG I love this movie. It’s Spanish but there is no language barrier. It’s written and directed by one of my favourite modern directors Guillermo del Toro, who is now a big Hollywood director

No Country for old Men (2007) – What a movie! The villain of this film is legendary. He is the ultimate bad guy. He’s even popped up in the Simpsons.

Trainspotting (1996) – A work of art. One of the greatest films to come out of Britain. Funny, heart breaking, thrilling. This film is a rollercoaster that kicks off with an iconic opening scene.

Winters Bone (2010) – American film making at its most beautiful and its darkest. This is Jennifer Lawrence before Hunger Games. What a performance.

This is England (2006) – Directed by Shane Meadows, this is British film making done as only we do. Gritty realism mingles with laughter. This film takes a seriously dark turn but wow, what a movie. At the end of this you will be a different person.

City of God (2002) – One of the greatest films to come out of Brazil. Language barrier, forget it! This story of the rise of gangs in a deprived district of Rio De Janeiro (the City of God) is packed full of characters you will fall in love with, that will terrify you. This film has a moment in it of such intensity it will scar you (in a good way) for life.

Amy (2015) – The Amy Winehouse story. This documentary is edited together by the director (Kapadia) that you end the film feeling you know the singer intimately. Her tragic end is felt almost as a personal loss. I went into this film sort of liking Amy Winehouse but came out of it a devoted fan. There are more twists and turns in this movie than you would get in an action movie. A classic.

Sunrise (1927) – A masterpiece. The greatest film you have never heard of. It won a bunch of Academy Awards. It was one of the first films to have a music soundtrack and sound effects.

Watch these films if you can, but really watch as many films as you can. It’ll be tough

See you in September. Happy watching.

Choose a product from around the house and produce a product analysis on it. You should use ACCESSFM to help you to analysis the product. You should aim to write a paragraph for each section. See link below to help.



Dismantle a product at home—ASK YOUR PARNETS FIRST!!! Take photos and record your findings



Research into ICT in manufacturing. Was JIT and automation? Research into CAD CAM. What do they mean—what are positive and negative points?



Revise into the following production methods.

One off—mass—batch –continuous


I would like you to give a definition and a product example for each method. Picture may also help you remember this for future revision task.

Write 250 words on what makes a good product.



Revise and make notes relating to QA, QC, tolerance and manufacturing specifications—what are they?



Describe the role of a designer and the impact the products they make can have on society


Research and record the following design movements:

Art Deco-Art Nouveau-De Stijl Modernism-Bauhaus-Memphis


Find examples of their work and give an honest opinion of whether you like it or not.


Design a new product that will help keep people safe from COVID-19. Your design should be rendered and annotated. To make it better you could attempt to draw this isometrically or 3rd Angle Orthographic.

Follow this link to help you gain an insight into what engineering will entail at Furness College:



The links below provide lots of information to allow school levers, parents and schools to gather information about the Construction sector, they are interactive and give information from apprenticeship right through to specific trades. These are a great place to start when looking into developing skills in the constructions sector

Some specific tasks carrying on from this to consider:

  • Discover on your exercise walks different types of brick patterns (bonds) and research their uses
  • Discover different types of roofs, look around you or use the internet to take note of the different looks and structures and investigate the differences.
  • Discover different types of wall finishes ( eg rendering and plaster) both internal and external – first start with your house and then look at other buildings around you. How is this different in larger buildings or public places and why?
  • Discover different types of paint finishes on different surfaces, investigate why different paints are used and the best types of paints for different applications.

As a larger project, look at different types of buildings both locally or pick a village or town to research, and identify their age from building processes and materials used. Research building practices from the eras you have found.

When planning to study Geography at A level your learning from GCSE is your foundation to build on. When you start the A level Geography course we will begin with Topic 1: Earth Life Support Systems.

This topic forms the basis of study for much of the rest of the course as you progress through your 2 year A level.

In topic 1 you will learn about natural systems that keep Earth habitable for life and the important components of those systems, in particular those which help to regulated climate. These include oceans, key ecosystems like tropical rainforests and Arctic ice and glaciers.

Later topics in the course will include glaciations and oceans and in depth study of climate change which looks at how all these different Earth life support systems are being impacted by human activity.

To help you get a head start useful topics to revise from GCSE Geography would include;-

  • The water cycle
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Glaciation
  • Global warming and human impacts
  • Tectonics

As part of your A level you will be required to complete an independent investigation into a chosen topic based on practical fieldwork. This coursework counts for 20% of the total mark towards your final A level grade.

This means that practical geographical skills are an essential of the course including map work and interpretation of data. These skills will underpin much of geographical studies and be essential for your coursework.

It would be very useful for you to ‘brush up’ on some of these skills before your start in September.

Some taster tasks to help you prepare for some of these topics are suggested below;

Topic Tasks


Water Cycle Google the water cycle and identify the main ways that water moves between the atmosphere, biosphere (living things), hydrosphere (surface water such as rivers & oceans) and lithosphere (rocks)

Put the ways you have identified into 4 categories: Inputs of water, Outputs of water, Stores of water, Transfers or flows of water

Draw a simple flow diagram: INPUTS _ STORES_FLOWS_OUTPUTS


Global Warming Watch David Attenborough’s recent BBC programme on the iplayer-“Climate change: The Facts” www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00049b1/climate-change-the-facts

The programme is divided into 3 parts; causes, impacts, solution

Make a table as below to briefly summarise the main points under the following headings:

Causes Impacts  



Tropical Rainforest



Look at the picture of the rainforest in Sarawak, Malaysia and read the article. Complete Activities 1 and 2.

Look at the climate data for London and Sarawak. Using graph paper draw a climate graph for each of the 2 locations. Put months along the bottom x axis (Jan – Dec). You will need 2 y axis (left and right). Make one of these for rainfall and the other max temperature. For each month do rainfall as vertical bars and temperature as a point. Then join all the points to make a single line for the year.

Compare the results and describe the differences.


Glaciation Look at the photo and map of the Fox glacier in New Zealand.

Use the contour heights to find; a) the attitude of the top of the glacier and b) the height of Mount Garnier.

Give the 6 figure grid reference of Mount Garnier.

Print the map and draw a straight line with a ruler from the top of the Fox glacier to the bottom. Where the contours cross your line identify the approximate height at each point. You will then have a line showing the slope (long profile) of the glacier from top to bottom.

On a sheet of graph paper (or using an excel spreadsheet) plot the long profile as a graph in the same way you would plot a cross section. The bottom x axis is distance and the y axis is height. Use the information sheets to help you do this.



To prepare you for A Level physics why not try some online lessons that are designed specifically to help you bridge the gap from your GCSEs to A level.

Each lesson should take you between 1 and 2 hours and involves three steps

  1. LEARN – Watch some videos and test yourself with Quick Questions
  2. PRACTISE – Complete the short worksheet
  3. REVIEW – Watch the daily livestream at 10 am that will take you through the answers

The livestream videos are also stored on YouTube in case you miss a livestream or want to revisit any.

Use the link below to access these upcoming lessons.


There are also two more lessons each week to help you brush up on your GCSE physics knowledge if you need to.

Maths A level

Algebra skills are vital for Maths A level. Watch the following videos, attempt the questions and mark your answers using the solutions provided to ensure you are ready to start A level Maths.

To access the questions and answers you will need to follow these links.

Rearranging formula

Watch this:  https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/changing-the-subject2.html

Try these:  https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/changing-the-subject2.html

Self mark:  https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/7-rearranging-harder-formulaans.pdf

The quadratic formula

Watch this:  https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/7-rearranging-harder-formulaans.pdf

Try these questions:  https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/7-quadratic-formula.pdf

Self mark:  https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/7-quadratic-formula.pdf

Factorising harder quadratics

Watch this:  https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/factorising-harder.html

Try these:  https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/factorising-harder.html

Self mark:  https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/7-factorising-harder-quadraticsans.pdf

Algebraic Fractions

Watch this: https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/7-factorising-harder-quadraticsans.pdf

Try these: https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/7-algebraic-fractions.pdf

Self mark: https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/7-algebraic-fractions.pdf


Watch this: https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/surds.html

Try these: https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/7-surds.pdf

Self mark: https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/7-surds.pdf

Introduction to OCR Law

Activity 1 – Law in the news

Law is part of everyday life. Instructions: Look at the home page of a news website (e.g. BBC News). Try to spot the link that the law has with each story. The purpose of the activity is to show that there is a legal aspect to most, if not all stories in the news every day. Some examples could be e.g. sport – drugs testing, contractual law, international law, corruption

Activity 2 The differences between civil and criminal law. A civil case – Donoghue V Stevenson (1932)

Research this case: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p018gjjp

1.What are the important facts of this case? 2. Who won the case? 3. What did the claimant want from the defendant? 4. What law comes from this case? 5.How does this law affect you?

Activity 3 – A criminal case – R V Dudley & Stephens (1884) Activity 3 – A criminal or Civil Case

Research the above case. There is a short video clip about this case taken from the BBC Coast programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p018gjjp

1.What are the important facts of this case? 2. What defence did they raise? 3. What was the verdict?   4. What law comes from this case? 5.What would your decision have been?

Activity 4 – A criminal or civil case

Task: To decide whether each case study is a civil offence or a criminal offence and then to place it in hierarchical format dependant on the seriousness of the case.

Welcome to A level chemistry at Barrow 6th Form College

Chemistry is a dynamic and constantly evolving discipline at the forefront of scientific discovery and is of vital importance in today’s modern society.

To give you a feel for the importance of chemistry in the modern industrial world you can visit the following site:

Website: https://www.essentialchemicalindustry.org/

An important aspect of Chemistry is the Periodic table. At the University of Nottingham, they have developed an interactive table, which contains videos of the key chemistry of each element. Click on the link below and explore the richness of the chemistry of the elements.

Web site: http://www.periodicvideos.com/

Molecules are varied and complex in their chemical behaviour in nature. This web site introduces you to the wide diversity of compounds and their chemistry.

Molecules of the month: http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/motm.htm

Preparation for A level chemistry  

The link below contains a compilation of thirty-four MaChemGuy videos which cover many of the introductory topics covered at the beginning of any A level chemistry course. Working through these videos will give you best possible preparation for starting your A level chemistry course.

A useful addition to any budding A level chemistry student.


Enjoy you exploration of the wonders of chemistry.


Since the onset of the Coronavirus and the UK lockdown, one topic that has frequented the business pages is cash flow, i.e. do businesses have enough money to pay their day to day expenses?

Cash flow pressures

With all but essential retailers closed, the majority of firms have seen the taps turn off overnight and revenue from cash sales plummet, putting extreme demands on cash reserves and creating cash flow pressures. Those that are reliant on cash sales and those who have money tied up in stock and receivables no doubt felt the pinch quickly. Firms with an online presence will have clearly benefitted but the sudden increase in demand that some have seen, has resulted in websites only offering sales for limited hours in a day or even implementing queuing systems, to manage demand due to a lack of capacity. This in itself still creates a cash flow issue. We have also seen firms cancel dividend payments. This article goes into further detail regarding the insurer Aviva cancelling its 2019 dividend payment.

The impact on high street names

High street retailers were already struggling prior to the crisis. A report by the British Retail Consortium suggested that 2019 was the worse year for retailers in 25 years. Therefore in a sector that was already struggling, the crisis couldn’t have come at a worse time. According to an article in The Times on 10th April, Callum Jones wrote that the projected cash flow of 34 leading retailers was set to fall into negative territory. Some of these retailers include high street names such as: JD Sport, Dixons Carphone and Pets at Home. This was based on modelling from a consultancy firm that forecasted a 70% fall in sales. Post-crisis, what will the high street look like? For those that survive, how will their operations be affected by the lack of cash?

Planes and Automobiles

Airports and airlines have also been some of the hardest hit. As countries closed their borders, fleets of planes were grounded and along with that, revenue streams. In an article in the Economist, it was put forward that three quarters of airlines couldn’t cover costs beyond three months. Some of the biggest airlines have managed to secure credit lines from banks to support their cash flow. This still begs the question, what will the competitive landscape look like in 6 months? Will we see state aid as in the case of the USA? To read more about how the airline industry has been affected click the following links to articles in The Economist and The Guardian.

The unprecedented fiscal interventions by the government aims to prevent industrial scarring and the furloughing of workers via the job retention scheme. This will no doubt prove to be extremely beneficial but some firms will still suffer. Car manufacturers face significant fixed costs which must still be paid regardless of production. One UK firm which has been reportedly ‘scrambling’ to save cash is Jaguar Land Rover. A report in the April 5th edition of the Sunday Times stated that the shutdown of UK operations was estimated to cost £1bn a month. JLR is known for its R&D and has expanded its operations in the UK to support electric car development; fitting with changing market conditions and external pressures.

Research Activity

The new Jaguar XJ is the company’s latest addition to its electric vehicle (EV) portfolio and it is touted as the rival to the Tesla Model S.

When Jaguar’s production facilities reopen, management are faced with two choices:

1) Do they continue development of the car, ready for a launch in 2021?


2) Prioritise production of the successful Range Rovers and Land Rover Defenders?

Use the internet to conduct some research. Consider the merits and drawbacks of each option and justify which you think JLR should choose.

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