Film Studies in the Sixth Form
A Level Film Studies
Exam Board: WJEC
What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?
The most important qualities you need to take this course are a lively and enquiring mind, a genuine interest in film, a willingness to explore new ideas and to communicate effectively and a willingness to work hard. It is necessary to have at least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language or a B in Media Studies as well as 5 garde 5s in total.
How have we done in the past?
We are the only school in the area that offers A Level Film Studies and our results are consistently outstanding, last year alone 100% of students got A-C grades and 70% of students got A-B grades. Students regularly exceed their predicted grades in the subject.
What will I learn on this course?
This course is designed to develop your interest in, and appreciation of, cinema, specifically through studying the film industry, films themselves and how films are “read” by their audiences. You will gain a detailed understanding of the history of film and study films from around the world through a range of film case studies. You will also learn film making techniques that you will use to create your own short films.
What kind of student is this course suitable for?
You will need a genuine interest in and passion for film and a willingness to look beneath the surface, analyse and write about the films that you are studying. You will need to be able to work independently but a willingness to engage in group work and debate is important and teamwork is particularly important for film production and demands commitment, flexibility and reliability. You must also be aware of the academic demands of the course. Film Studies is hugely interesting and rewarding but it involves a lot of hard work!
What is the course content and how is it assessed?
- You will study films from a range of film movements and study world cinema alongside the British and American film industries.
- You will study films and film movements from the earliest days of cinema to the present day.
- 70% of your final grade will be based on your performance in examinations at the end of Year 13.
- 30% of your final grade is from a coursework project which will involve you planning and making a short film.
What could I go on to do at the end of my course?
You can progress to a film or media related degree course or vocational training. Film Studies also provides you with a very broad range of transferable skills, both creative and academic, that would be of use in any number of career or higher education choices. Many of our past students have gone on to degree courses in Film and Media and into jobs in the media, television or film industries.