Film Studies

Qualification: A Level

Why study Film Studies?

Film is a primary source of entertainment but also a mirror that reflects the way society evolves. It is constantly changing, both in terms of how it is made and how we access it. Understanding film will help you to understand the world around you (people, places, cultures, time periods, technology and more); through analysing the construction of films, you will learn to look at and respond to films differently.

If you love watching films, analysing texts and challenging yourself, this is the course for you. It balances academic challenge, creativity and genuinely fascinating content to develop a range of skills required to succeed in any career path.

What will I study?

The course is based on an understanding of the key film concepts of language, representation, audiences and institutions.

You will cover a range of topics related to different film industries from around the world. You will explore the history of Hollywood and compare this with American independent films as well as historical and contemporary British films. You will also study a number of cinematic ‘new waves’, including the silent era and European film, as well as short and documentary films. This work will consist of in-depth, analytical and often comparative case studies. Having watched a film, we will research, discuss, analyse, compare and write about it. This work develops many of the skills that you will have learned through the study of English Literature GCSE as you will need to explore each film text in detail in the exams.

The coursework is an opportunity for you to flex your creative muscles by applying what you have learned about different types of film to a project of your own. You can choose to plan and film a short film or write an original screenplay for a film of your design. This work will test your technical skills as well as your imaginative ideas. Your practical work will also be accompanied by a detailed analytical evaluation.

How will I be assessed?

Two exam papers and coursework:

Varieties of Film and Filmmaking (35%)

Global Filmmaking Perspectives (35%)

Coursework: A screenplay and storyboard, or a short film, plus an evaluative analysis (30%)

Future Opportunities & Careers

Film Studies opens the door to a wide variety of jobs as it develops your ability to be analytical, critical, creative and evaluative. Career paths include: Film Production, Journalism, Magazine Editing/Writing, Graphic Design, Review Writing, Marketing, Advertising and Web Design.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English Language and GCSE Film Studies (if taken)

Course expenses

There are no essential expenses in Film Studies. However, we do run trips and also encourage our students to subscribe to MediaMag, a magazine aimed specifically at A Level Media and Film Studies students, at a cost of £35.

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