A-Level Film Studies

Bournville College (merged with South & City College Birmingham)
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Qualification
Foundation / Pre-U / A-level
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
2 years
Intakes
September
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 2,324
Total tuition fee (foreign)
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Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE's at grade C and above, including at least a grade C in English.

Curriculum

Module 1 Exploring Film Form
This unit focuses on the construction of meaning in film.  It covers everything from cinematography to editing, emotional response to intellectual discussion and from performance to spectator.  Assessment will be a 1500 word essay and a practical piece of storyboarding or filmmaking.

Module 2 British and American Film
This unit examines the UK and US film industries.  It looks at the film audience, the interrelationship between audiences and producers (including marketing and exhibition), British film and the Horror and Comedy genres, Film Stars, production companies, culture, politics and identity (exam).

Module 3 Film Research and Creative Projects
This will consist of a small-scale research project.  Learners will study one film (and two support films) in detail.  Factors analysed will include:

  • Stars
  • Genre
  • Auteurs (directors)
  • Social contexts
  • Gender issues
  • Technology

There is also a creative project in the form of a short film or an original screenplay extract.

Module 4 Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates
This is the study of world cinema encompassing such interesting topics as ‘urban stories’, ‘empowering women’ and ‘experimental film’ (exam).

ASSESSMENT
Assessment will be in the form of an external exam at the end of the Summer term and also by internal assessment which is completed by the Easter term.  The internal assessment will entail a mixture of practical and theoretical work.

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