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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

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Course Summary

The A-level in Film Studies is a linear qualification studied over two years and has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject alongside other academic qualifications, plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last 100 years.  Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium which inspires a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective.  Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 [C] or above, including English Language at grade 5 [C/B] and Maths at grade 4 [C].  Ideally, you should have GCSE in Media or a similar creative focused subject at grade 4 [C] or above.  You will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in communication arts and to have good awareness of contemporary trends in the discipline.

Course Content

At the root of all film studies is a recognition that films are made: they are constructed using a range of elements – cinematography, mise-en-scène, sound, editing and performance (the key elements of film form) – which are organised structurally in terms of narrative and often genre (the structural elements of film form).

How filmmakers use these elements, frequently in complex and highly artistic ways, is a large part of what constitutes the formal study of film. Equally important is how spectators respond to the work that filmmakers create and how you personally interpret the films with reference to spectator response, relevant contexts, critical approaches and debates. In turn, these formal studies have a direct impact on your own work as a filmmaker and screenwriter.

For this course, the elements underpinning the study of film are organised into:

  • Core study areas, which you will apply to all the films you explore
  • Specialist study areas, which you will apply to specific films

Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking

  • Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
  • Section B: American film since 2005
  • Section C: British film since 1995

Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives

  • Section A: Global film
  • Section B: Documentary film
  • Section C: Film movements – silent cinema
  • Section D: Film movements – experimental film (1960-2000)

Component 3: Production non-exam assessment

  • This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis.

How will I be assessed?

This is a linear qualification in which all assessments must be taken at the end of the course. Work is continually assessed and you will discuss and evaluate your own work. Assessment constitutes:

  • Component 1: American and British film - written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (35% of qualification)
  • Component 2: Varieties of film - written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (35% of qualification)
  • Component 3: Production/non-exam assessment (30% of qualification)

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Following successful completion of A-level Film Studies, it is expected that you will have achieved the in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to a related university degree.

 

 

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Yikai Shen

Yikai Shen

Aiming for a career in financial services

Aiming for a career in financial services, Yikai Shen chose to study A-levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Business at Derby College before continuing his education at Imperial College, London.

A British education is recognised throughout the world as the best. My biggest challenge at College was obviously the language but I worked hard and gained a lot of support from tutors at the College.

Derby is a very nice city and I settled in well. I made a lot of good friends and everyone was very welcoming
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