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A-Level Film Studies

A-Level Film Studies

Course Information

Course Level
 – 3
Course Type – A-Level
Specific Entry Requirements
Five GCSEs at grade 5-9 including English and Maths
Duration – 2 Years
Student Age – 16-18

About The Course

Film is widely acknowledged as the major art form of the 20th Century and today film continues to be an important part of most people’s cultural experiences. This course allows you to study films and the ways in which they are experienced, the importance of visual representation in today’s global society and the place film has in communicating ideas, attitudes and cultural beliefs, both now and in the past. Over the two years, you will develop a critical and investigative approach to films, the film industry and film audiences, recognising the ways in which films represent people, places, ideas, issues and events to different audiences.  

How Is The Course Taught?

Through textual analysis and a range of learning activities, you will study patterns of similarity and difference across a range of films and engage with aesthetic, technical, economic, ethical and moral issues as they arise in their study of film, film audiences and the film industry. In addition, you have the exciting opportunity to create your own film or screenplay.

How will I be Assessed?

At the end of two years, you will sit two exams and complete one major piece of coursework: Component 1 – Varieties of film and filmmaking (exam); Component 2 – Global filmmaking perspectives (exam); Component 3 – Production (Film or screenplay).

What does it lead to?

A Level Film is an academic, rigorous A Level that can lead to a range of degrees in the Humanities and Creative Industries. The culture and creative industries account for 12% and a writer in Arts and Entertainment can expect to earn a salary of £36,920 and this can rise significantly for screen writers in television and film.

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