This A Level is included within the Design and Media A Level pathway as a RECOMMENDED CORE subject. It is included in the following pathways as a RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL SUBJECT: Creative Studies; English and Communications; Performing Arts. However, you can choose Film Studies with any A Level/equivalent combination (with the exception of other English A Levels), there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
This interesting course will give you a wider knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of films. It will help you understand the significance of film in national, global and historical contexts and explore how films generate meanings and responses. You will also learn about the different ways in which spectators respond to film and apply this to your own filmmaking and screenwriting.
In Year One, topics will include: Hollywood 1930-1990; American film since 2005; British film since 1995; Non-English language European.
Then in Year Two you will learn about: Varieties of film and filmmaking and Global filmmaking perspectives.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including grade 5/C or above in English Language and English Literature. If a grade 5/C is not achieved for English Literature, then GCSE Media Studies grade 6/B or GCSE Film Studies grade 5/C is required.
Future career and study opportunities
Film Studies can support progression to a many Higher Education courses including Film Studies or Film Production, Media, Art, Photography, Communications, Theatre, Sociology, Psychology or English. It can help prepare you for careers within the film industry and can be taken with a variety of different subjects.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but many of the skills you will learn are essential to employability. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also need to contribute to any courses and visits you take part in, but costs are kept to a minimum.