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Film Studies AS / A Level

Film can be argued to be the major art and cultural form of the twentieth century and of great significance at the beginning of the new millennium. 'Cineliteracy' is something you have been developing since childhood. The AS/A2 level film studies is designed to deepen the way you understand, appreciate and enjoy film, building on your existing knowledge and interest.


Exam Board: Eduqas

STARTS IN SEPTEMBER

 

All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.

 

An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.

 

A level students will study AS Level in their first year and upon successful achievement will progress through to the full A Level in their second year.

 

UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.

 

Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level

 

Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550

 

Students who are 19+ years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

  • What will I study and learn?

    You will study cinema as a medium, as an art form and as a social and economic institution. You will look at a wide range of films and styles and develop skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection through film viewing, discussion, classroom activities, student presentations and your own research. In particular you will explore the relationship between the film 'text' and the spectator using different critical approaches. These include genre and authorship, how messages and values are inscribed in films as well as issues of production and consumption, censorship and culture.

  • How is the course assessed?

    AS

    • 2 pieces of coursework: 1 written analysis, 1 piece of practical creative work (including film making) – 20%
    • a written exam on the film industry, topics in British film and US film (2 hours 30 mins) – 30%

    A

    • a coursework portfolio: research project and creative work (including screen play writing) – 25%
    • Written examination: world cinema topics, spectatorship topics, single film critical study (2 hours 45 mins) – 25%
  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    English literature, English language, history, sociology, psychology, languages, art and graphic communication would all combine well with this subject.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You should possess good written English, essay writing and note taking skills. You should be interested in films, as well as critical and analytical writing and discussion.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need an average GCSE profile of 5.5 including GCSE English at grade 5.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    Taken in conjunction with other A Levels, Film Studies provides a strong base for progression to undergraduate studies in film theory, film criticism and film history as well as humanities, cultural and media studies and art. It relates to careers in journalism, research, the media and media related industries.

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