Lecturer offering one-to-one tuition in class

A-Level Film Studies

  • CODE
    Full time
    2 Years
    WJEC (Formerly Welsh Joint Education Committee)
  • Free tuition for students under 19 on 31 August prior to start date
  • Advanced Learner Loans available to students aged 19 or over
Year 1

Students will explore how film can be understood as a modern art-form and the ways in which individual film texts are reflections of the social and production contexts that produce them. Films will be compared and contrasted with one another to unpack the changes made to Hollywood productions, the differences in mainstream and independent cinema, as well as theories such as authorship, ideology and narrative. Topics covered in the first year are:

• Hollywood 1930-1990
• American Film Since 2005
• British Film Since 1995

Year 2

In the second year, the scope of the course will expand to encompass films from different cultural and historical contexts, where students will consider the ways in which technological developments, national and international production, filmmaker’s personal style and theories all impact upon the creation and reception of film. Topics covered in the second year are:

• Global Film
• Documentary Film
• Silent Cinema
• Experimental Film

Additionally, students will produce a practical piece of creative work, taking the form of either a short film or screenplay with accompanying digital storyboard. Students will develop this coursework project through the study of existing short films, and will write an evaluation on the relative success of the production.

Delivery of the course will take the form of lectures, in-class film screenings, class discussion and group activities in preparation for the exam. Lesson time will be dedicated to preparation and execution of the coursework project, but students will be expected to undertake large portions of production and post-production outside of class hours.

The exam comprises 70% of the overall grade, while the practical creative project comprises 30%.

Students will likely have six hours of taught lesson time per week, most commonly taking the format of two-hour lessons spread across three days.

Additionally, students will be required to work on homework tasks and coursework commitments in their own time.

Students will acquire both subject specific and transferrable skills, including practical and academic abilities.

The use of film and media industry equipment and software will be central to the completion of coursework, granting students experience in all stages of film creation, from pre-production planning, to shooting, to the various aspects of post-production.

Preparation for the exam will help students develop their independent research skills, learning to find and filter information relevant to a particular subject or task, as well as working within groups to produce presentations. These skills are highly valued to both employers and higher education institutions.

Students will learn how to appreciate film on several levels, going beyond simply enjoying the story, to be able to identify and analyse deeper thematic concerns and messages embedded in film texts.

Upon completing this course you will be equipped to move on to university, a higher apprenticeship or work. Film Studies is an ideal first step in the study of arts and humanities subjects, as well as further study in film and media.

The course does not require any specialist equipment, as the college will provide students with access to computers, cameras, and editing software.

At present, there is no set reading list for the course’s newest specification, but students are advised to look at the following books by way of preparation. A reading list will be provided before the start of the program

- Sarah Casey Benyahia, Freddie Gaffney and John White AS Film Studies: The Essential Introduction, and A2 Film Studies: The Essential Introduction, Routledge (2008 & 2009), reflects the previous specification.
- Ed Jill Nelmes, Introduction to Film Studies, Routledge (5th edion, 2011)

The campus has a wide selection of film equipment, including cameras and a fully working TV studio, allowing students to fully explore the possibilities of the filmic medium.

The Learning Resource Centre is well stocked with subject-specific books and there is online access to a host of additional resources for research purposes.

The teaching staff have experience delivering Film Studies at University level and can provide help and support in making decisions regarding which universities to consider and the best approach to applying.

The course delivery is structured in such a way to effectively replicate university study, whilst still remaining clearly structured and supportive of students’ needs.

The Film Studies programme is ideal for students with a passion for the medium of film and its artistic possibilities. More than simply discussing industrial or institutional contexts, the programme will focus on how film creates meaning through creative decisions.

Those wishing to pursue their interest in film at university level will find that the course offers a solid foundation in terms of content and that the delivery will prepare them for the more self-directed study of higher education.

Students that are hoping to pursue a career in the film and media industry will develop their practical skills and learn to hone their ability to effectively shoot and edit material.
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You will need five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above (including English Language and Mathematics and Grade B/6 or above in a related subject).