A Level Programme

Film Studies A Level

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About this course

You will study a range of practical and theoretical topics, learning both the grammar of film and how to apply your knowledge in your own practical coursework projects. British Cinema, Hollywood, World Cinema and Documentary will be explored and explained; you''ll never look at films in the same way again.

What will I learn?

During this course you will study the following units:

  • Exploring Film Form - where you will analyse films and create a practical coursework piece
  • British and American Film - where you will work towards an examination, covering British and American film cultures, the horror genre and a comparison of two American Road Movies
  • Film Research and Creative Projects - where you'll undertake a small scale research project and create a well-developed practical coursework piece in the form of either a screenplay or a short film
  • Varieties of Film Experience - Issues and Debates - where you'll study World Cinema, documentary films and the close critical study of a single film

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by written exams (60%) and coursework (40%).

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
  • University - degree in film, media or journalism
  • Careers - film production, film journalism, photography, advertising, PR and radio

Additional Information

Trips have included visits to The Electric Cinema in Birmingham, screenings as part of National Schools Film Week and Bradford Museum of The Moving Image. Film Studies combines well with a variety of other subjects, such as English, Media Studies and Communication & Culture.