You will love it! Film Studies is a subject of increasing academic worth. It teaches not only critical thinking and close textual analysis but develops technical and creative skills too. The extended, critical writing developed in Film covers skills much desired by universities. Film is heavily cross-curricular, covering history and politics, sociology and psychology, aspects of drama, literature and art and even science. Film studies students encounter a diverse range of films as an aesthetic medium and how it generates meaning and responses. Students will also learn how to apply critical approaches such as the importance of authorship or context to their analysis.
Year 12 - Students are introduced to the core features of film, learning technical language in order to identify how directors utilise aspects such as cinematography, sound and performance to shape meaning for audiences. You will consider different key eras of film production and contexts such as the studio system of the classical era of Hollywood and how post-war Britain and the Thatcher-era influenced the movement of British Social Realism.
Over the 2 years, students are assessed through two exam components and one piece of coursework. Students will study American Film (such as Hollywood since the 1960s) and European Film (both British and non-English language film). 30% of the course will be assessed through the completion of one piece of coursework. For this, students study the medium of short film, looking at examples in order to recognise key conventions and apply them to their own production piece. Students will have the option of creating an extract from a film or a screenplay for the extract of a film along with a digitally photographed storyboard.
Year 13 - Students continue work on both examination and the coursework components, examining Global cinema, documentary, silent film and post-modernism. During the second and final year of the A level, students finalise their coursework production for 30% of the total A level.
We require a 5+ in either English Language or English Literature.
Film studies can lead to jobs in the industry such as production or research as well as areas such as education, journalism or jobs in art or media such as advertising, graphic design and film/media product creation. Several past students of this course are pursuing film as at least part – if not all – of their degrees and have found related jobs which include: camera operators, filmmakers, film extras and numerous trainee teachers.