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Film Studies A Level at Oaklands College

Course description

The AS Level consists of coursework and exam modules on a) how meaning is made within film - so for example what effect does a particular camera angle achieve; b)what is the role of producers and audiences within the film industry - for example what makes a blockbuster and how do film makers market their work; c)the messages and values conveyed by British and American film - in particular the way genre works and how films work thematically. A2 will deepen your understanding of film language and how film makers construct meaning. You will undertake two pieces of coursework - the subject area of which will largely be chosen by you (with teacher guidance). The exam unit consists of one paper and the bulk of your learning for this unit will be around the screening of key films and active discussions generated by these screenings. At all stages you will be encouraged to think critically about film. You will be supported with ongoing homework and one to one subject tutorials.

A2 will deepen your understanding of film language and how film makers construct meaning. You will undertake two pieces of coursework - the subject area of which will largely be chosen by you (with teacher guidance). The exam unit consists of one paper and the bulk of your learning for this unit will be around the screening of key films and active discussions generated by these screenings. At all stages you will be encouraged to think critically about film. You will be supported with ongoing homework and one to one subject tutorials.

Course content

AS Film consists of: FM1 Film: Exploring Film Form: this unit is coursework and requires 1) an essay that analyses a sequence from a film of your choice, 2) a creative project which can be either a storyboard, a short film or an extended step-outline. FM2 Film: British and American Film: this is an exam unit and is divided into three parts. Section one deals with the film industry, section two focuses on British film and section three looks at American film. A2 film consists of: FM3: Research and Creative Project - this will give you the opportunity to develop your analytical skills as well as your creative flare within a range of film conventions. FM4: Varieties of Film Experience:Issues and Debates - this unit explores the idea of spectatorship through such genres as documentary; international film styles such as surrealism; and critical responses to a single films e.g. Fight Club.

FM3: Research and Creative Project - this will give you the opportunity to develop your analytical skills as well as your creative flare within a range of film conventions. FM4: Varieties of Film Experience:Issues and Debates - this unit explore the idea of spectatorship through such genres as documentary; international film styles such as surrealism; and critical responses to single films such as Fight Club.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at Grade A-C including English and if you do not have Maths GCSE at A-C, you will be required to obtain this whilst completing AS level. A pass at grade D or above in AS Film Studies is required to join A2.

A level Film studies will appeal to students who are enthusiastic about continuing their study of film into a second year with a view to using the analytical and visual skills that are key to film deconstruction within Higher Education or employment.

Assessment

AS - 40% internally assessed coursework, 60% externally assessed examination - one paper 2 hours and 30 minutes (3 questions to be answered) 

A2 - 50% internally assessed coursework - research and creative project (paper based) 50% externally assessed examination - one paper - 2 hours and 45 mins. (3 questions to be answered)

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

This qualification may lead into a career in Film. However, the syllabus also offers a range of highly motivated opportunities for developing transferable skills. Higher Education courses in Film Studies and Media courses are clearly an option but so too are a range of Humanities courses that require analytical approaches, independent, critical thinking and research skills.

Further information

All learners at Oaklands College take part in an initial assessment in Maths and English. This helps us to ensure that everyone reaches their full potential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands College directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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