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Film Studies A Level at Samuel Whitbread Academy

Course description

Many consider film to be the main cultural innovation of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a powerful medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium. This course is designed to introduce A level learners to a wide variety of films in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of film and the range of responses films can generate. We therefore offer opportunities to study mainstream and independent American and British films from the past and the present as well as more recent global films.

Production work is a crucial part of this specification and is integral to learners’ study of film. Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking. We will give opportunities for our students to learn the key processes and techniques for pre-production, production and post-production. This means utilising our video equipment and editing suites which are fully operational with the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software packages.

This course will appeal to those with the analytical instincts to critically assess films as well as those with the creative and technical ambitions to generate, produce and manage their own productions.

Course content

Key Features

• Some of the films available to study on the course include; Trainspotting, Shaun of the Dead, Pulp Fiction and La La Land

• The study of a diverse range of film forms and film styles which have developed in different places through the history of cinema

• The opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding gained from textual study in practical film making

• In giving students the opportunity to study a significant film movement and aspects of national cinemas, it is intended that an interest in film culture will be fostered which can be taken forward in lifelong learning.

Entry requirements

• APS 3.8

• Grade 4 and 5 in GCSE Language and Literature – either way around


• 70% external examination

• 30% coursework

Future opportunities

Those wishing to further explore film or wider media industries will find this course an integral component to their studies. Whether it is the textual analysis and critical writing that can be useful for studies in communication and journalism, or the practical and technical skills that would support film/TV production; Film Studies is engaging, rewarding and enriching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Whitbread Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 December 2017
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