A Level Film Studies
Full time course
A successful film studies student will need to be interested in the world of film, such as a desire to understand the relationship between films and viewers, watch movies from a range of genres and film movements, analyse issues of representation and discuss why we see the films that we do in cinemas.
What will I study?
The first year introduces the subject and important concepts that you will need to apply throughout the course. This includes macro concepts, such as narrative and genre, as well micro terminology for analysing films. We will watch a variety of films and analyse them closely, considering representation in British horror cinema and the themes and style of the film noir genre in contemporary American film. The course requires a knowledge and understanding of world cinema; we will look particularly at the portrayal of power, poverty and conflict in Brazilian and French cinema. Coursework units focus on a mix of written, analytical work and creative, practical work.
What do I need to join?
To join the full time A Level Programme you need at least 5 full GCSEs grades 9–5 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths.
In addition for A Level Film Studies you need grade 9-5 or a merit in Media Studies or Film Studies if taken.
How long is the course?
How will I learn?
Film Studies lessons incorporate a range of activities, from film screenings, group discussion work, individual analysis and student-led presentations. Lessons are fast paced and encourage students to work both independently and in groups.
How will I know how I am doing?
Tutors work closely with learners to ensure they reach their full potential. This course is assessed by examination and coursework.
Are there any extra costs?
You may be expected to purchase a text book.
What can I do next?
This qualification gives learners the knowledge understanding and skills to prepare for employment or higher education.