What is the course about?
A Level Film Studies will enable you to explore film as an art form, a communication medium and an industry. The course offers you a flexible and creative approach to studying film, taking into account all of the processes from concept through to screening. You will be encouraged to explore and appreciate a broad range of films in different languages.
Duration of course: 2 years
Exam board: WJEC
How is it different to media studies?
Through this course you will study Films and the Film Industry and your creative work will be a short film. You will not study television, music videos or print based media.
What is it like?
Film Studies is similar to English Literature, but you study films instead of books. It complements subjects such as English, Sociology and History very well.
What units/topics will be studied?
The NEA (coursework) element is worth 30% of the A Level. For this, you will create a short film with an evaluation. There are two exams taken at the end of the course. One unit is a detailed study of specific British and American films. For the second unit, you will learn about a range of film movements and issues, both contemporary and historical. This includes documentary, short films and global cinema. You will focus on the films as well as the producers and the audience.
What do I need to study this subject?
In addition to the college requirement of 5 or more A*-C grades and an appropriate G score, you will need English Language grade 4 or above and a genuine interest in the subject.
Where can this lead me?
Many students choose to go to study Film Studies and related degrees at university, these include Journalism, Scriptwriting, Media and Film Production. Film Studies A Level is also useful for university disciplines such as Sociology, Cultural Studies, History and English.
Entry Requirements 5 or more A*-C grades and an appropriate G score, and English Language grade 4 or above and a genuine interest in the subject