Exam Board: Eduqas
Do you want to learn about what has become perhaps the defining arts form of our generation?
- Are you interested in exploring American, British and World Cinema?
- How is Edgar Wright’s directing style different from that of Alfred Hitchcock’s?
- How do different shots, camera movement, sound and editing contribute to the impact of a film?
- How do films reflect the times and places in which they were made?
At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language.
Is this course for me?
- You want to learn about the mechanics of film-making.
- You would like to examine films from a wide variety of genres, directors, countries and times.
- You would like to expand your understanding and enjoyment of film.
- You would like to know about the development of film and its significance in popular culture over the past 100 years.
- You want an A Level that will allow you to develop your written skills through essays, reviews, articles, screenwriting, storyboarding and more.
- You want an A Level that will develop skills of research and analysis useful for Higher Education.
Where does it lead?
Many Film Studies students have gone on to study Film, Media or Cultural Studies at University. Those going on to study English or Journalism have found the variety of written tasks useful. The emphasis on independent research and analytical skills developed during Film Studies will also prove valuable for a wide range of Higher Education courses or careers.
What will I learn?
You will develop your skills of film analysis which will enable you to have a better understanding of how films are made and how audiences understand them.
Classic and independent Hollywood, modern British film
You will study important and industry-changing films from the classic Hollywood period as well as more modern independent American film. You will also study contemporary British cinema and one non-English European film. In addition you will learn about the evolution of film language as you learn to understand and analyse films at a higher level. Year 1 also includes coursework.
You will move on to examine a wider range of films and topic areas.
You will continue your study of American and European cinema, but also look at silent and experimental film and documentary.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework (30%) and examination (70%). Coursework will require you to develop an idea for an original film and write both a screenplay and a digital storyboard for its opening sequence. Coursework will be completed in Year 1 with examinations at the end of Year 2.
What activities can I get involved in?
You will have the opportunity to explore issues or topics studied during department visits. There will be opportunities to visit Higher Education institutions and Film/Media based trips to London.
Film Clubs are run and private screenings arranged at local Cinemas such as F.A.C.T in Liverpool and The Light Cinema in New Brighton.
The College has lots of exciting enrichment and CV building opportunities including the chance to earn the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, learn a new skill, learn a language, join a club, take up or develop a sport or take on a new challenge.