Film Studies A Level at Sandwell College
Students will need a deep interest in film and many of the same skills required by English Literature. Film Studies looks at film as a commercial industry and as the range of experiences that it gives to audiences; it looks at how film communicates to audiences and the ideas that are portrayed.
For the AS Level, we look at:
• The language of film and how it works on an audience
• The different components of film; what we see and hear and how it is presented
• How these different components work upon us and how our responses differ according to who we are, where we are and what we are seeking from the film
• The British and Hollywood film industries
• Who makes films, how they are funded, how we get to see them and how we get to want to see them.
We will look at a series of case studies of British and American films - how they are funded, produced and distributed and consumed. We will study two topics of British film – British horror films and rather gritty urban stories of ordinary people caught up in crime. Lastly we look at two American films – an original and a remake – and look at how they reflect the time and place in which they were made.
In the second A2 part of the course, we will turn to look at the wider context of world cinema, documentary, and different, theoretical approaches to cinema.
All students studying for A Level would be expected to have five GCSEs A*-C in academic subjects (of which two must be B grades) including GCSE English Language. Students will need a D grade at AS Level in order to progress to A2.
Both AS and A Level Film are assessed through a mix of coursework and written examinations. In the first year, assessment is 40% coursework consisting of critical analysis and creative work; whilst in the second year, coursework accounts for 50% of the assessment, involving a personal investigation into a film topic and an extended creative piece.
Most A Level students go on to study at university. Students who have studied Film often follow the subject at degree level or study for related arts subject such as English Literature, Music, or Photography.
The study of Film is useful in a wide range of careers such as television, journalism, arts administration, public service, teaching and charities.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandwell College directly.