A-Level Film Studies
- Start date(s):
- 7 Sep 2020
- 2 years
- Level 3
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- Awarded by:
- WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee)
- Framwellgate Moor Campus
- Course costs:
- 16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £1112 per year, your course may be free
Do you have a genuine interest for film? By studying this subject you will develop your knowledge and understanding of how different genres of film encode meaning for their audience and how they function as a business within wider institutions.
You will produce a photographed storyboard for a film scene. This involves studying cinematography, editing, sound and mise en scene and demonstrating how they can be used to create meaning for an audience. You will also engage with screenplay writing through studying codes and conventions of narrative and genre.
As well as these practical skills you will also study theoretical concepts behind film, focusing on production, textual analysis, representation, institutions and audiences, and the British film industry in comparison to Hollywood.
This course is an introduction to the complex industry of media. You will have the opportunity to explore lots of skills and creative techniques combining both theory and practice.
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This exciting A-Level programme aims to provide learners with a knowledge and understanding of:
- A diverse range of film, including documentary, film from the silent era, experimental film and short film.
- The significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts.
- Film and its key contexts (including social, cultural, political, historical and technological contexts)
- How films generate meanings and responses
- Film as an aesthetic medium
- The different ways in which spectators respond to film.
- Varieties of film and filmmaking - this component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films. You will sit a written examination (2½ hours) which makes up 35% of the qualification.
- Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study) - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two Hollywood films, one from the Classical Hollywood period (1930-1960) and the other from the New Hollywood period (1961-1990).
- American film since 2005 (two-film study) - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two American films, one mainstream film and one contemporary independent film.
- British film since 1995 (two-film study) - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two British films.
- Global filmmaking perspectives - this component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films (or their equivalent). You will sit a written examination (2½ hours) which makes up 35% of the qualification.
- Global film (two-film study) - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two global films: one European and one produced outside Europe.
- Documentary film - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one documentary film.
- Film movements – Silent cinema - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one silent film or group of films.
- Film movements – Experimental film (1960-2000) - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one film option.
- Production - This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. You will engage in a practical assessment which makes up 30% of the qualification. For this assignment, you will produce either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words), plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay, and an evaluative analysis (1600-1800 words).
Average number of hours per week
Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.
Teaching & assessment
You will be taught by lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given.
You will sit monthly in-class assessment for which you will receive extensive feedback, as well as other assessments throughout the academic year, which will help you track your progress.
This course is assessed through terminal written exams and coursework.
Maths and English
Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.
Work placements are an important part of the programme and all learners will be given assistance in finding a suitable position.
This A-Level, in combination with other subjects, could enable you to apply for degree courses in Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Communication Studies, Media Production, Television Studies, and Literature.
Studying one of these degrees will provide you with career opportunities in the film and media industry including film-making, direction, editing, production, post-production, script writing and media research.
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You will be invited in for a tour of the College, and a one-to-one interview with one of our lecturers. A conditional offer may then be made subject to you meeting the entry criteria.
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Ideally, you will hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 (A* to C) which must include maths and English.