TOP COURSE HIGHLIGHTS
Learn creative skills
Excellent academic & technical support
Small class sizes
Studying film enables you to see the world in a different light and develop a wide range of transferable skills for further education, work, and life, including creative & critical thinking, emotional intelligence, analytical & research skills, and technical competencies (e.g. film editing).
Dedicated and creative staff
The Film Studies lecturers are friendly, supportive, and offer high level pastoral, academic and technical support to help you realise your creative potential. Each individual has their own specialism, industry experience and technical skills which together build an outstanding teaching team.
Study films of depth and substance
Study important and inspiring films from acclaimed directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Spike Lee, Guillermo del Toro, Edgar Wright and Jonathan Glazer. From silent cinema to contemporary Hollywood, the films studied have great critical reputations. They are films of depth and substance which have been chosen to offer rich and interesting analysis. They represent different time periods and different moments in history showing alternative representations of culture and people.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
The A Level First year will cover the following topics:
- Hollywood 1930-1990
- American Independent Film
- British film
- European Film
- Film Production
The A Level Second year will cover the following topics:
- Global Film
- Silent Film
- Experimental Film
- Short Film
You will study the key elements of film form including cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing, sound and performance. You will also study the contexts of your chosen films and what was happening when the film was made. What can the film tell us about history and society at that time? You will study the films in terms of the representations they present or challenge. You will also explore the specialist film areas of Spectatorship & Narrative, Ideology, the Auteur and Critical Debates surrounding Film.
Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. You will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods including essay writing, presentations, timed exercises, group & pair work, tests and review meetings.
WHERE WILL IT TAKE ME?
Careers: Career paths include practical avenues such as Filmmaking, Directing, Producing & Editing. However, a qualification in Film also allows you to move into theoretical pathways such as Film Criticism, Journalism, Teaching and Education.
Progression: You can progress from this A Level to a creative art or visual culture-based degree. Film Studies is also an excellent subject to complement many courses, such as Media, English, Psychology, Sociology, Photography, Art and Design.
At A Level there are 2 exams, each worth 35%, and a 30% assessment of production work. The exams are 150 minutes long and consist of answering 3 extended response questions on Component 1 and 4 extended response questions on Component 2.
There is also a creative production element which allows you to showcase the filmmaking or screenwriting skills you have developed during the course:
Short Film (video)
Short Film Screenplay (with storyboard)
For all A levels a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above in appropriate subjects, to include English Language or Literature and/or Maths at grade 5 or above is required.
information & support
We encourage all students to read/view widely and conduct their own research into Film, especially those who wish to study Film or Media at degree level. We expect you to actively engage with the online resources as well as course relevant textbooks, such as:
WJEC Eduqas Film Studies for A Level & AS (Illuminate Publishing 2018) by Lisa Wardle, Ellen Cheshire, Mark Ramey, Jenny Stewart
A YouTube playlist introducing you to elements of Film Language & Analysis:
Our evolving course website featuring guides, lessons & interactive resources:
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