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A-Level Film Studies at Winstanley College

Course description

Why should I study Film?

Film Studies is a challenging, thought-provoking and highly enjoyable course! Whether you are already an enthusiastic film buff, a budding filmmaker, or you would simply like to learn more about the industry, then this is the subject for you!  Being able to analyse a film (much like you would a novel or a poem in English Literature) is a sophisticated skill and is looked upon very favourably by Universities, who enjoy working with students who can ‘think critically’. If you study Film, you don’t just look at how a film is technically put together, but you learn about its place in history, the important messages it carries and the impact it has had on its audience and society over the years.

What will I study?

You will get the opportunity to study a wide range of films and film styles, looking at Hollywood, the British Film Industry and analysis of films from around the world. You will learn about the differences between how Holly wood makes films and the challenges that the British Film Industry faces in trying to compete with Hollywood. Some of the British films you may study include Shaun of the Dead, Trainspotting and This is England. You will also get the opportunity to study films from different countries and look at the way directors use their films to deliver social or political messages. We look at different film genres, like Documentary, Short Film and Silent Cinema and study the work of some of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

Some of your time will be spent in practical film production, using your knowledge of how a film gets made to make your own! You might want to write a screenplay for a film idea or use some of the industry-standard equipment in the department to produce your own short film.

So, that’s the course but why study it at Winstanley?

You will be taught by highly-qualified staff who have many years’ experience of teaching the subject and working as examiners and moderators. You will have access to a wide range of audio-visual technology to enable you to produce high quality productions. These include the latest model digital still and video cameras, a drop-in computer area for editing, a television studio, radio facility and control room for studio production, even a camera crane for those spectacular aerial shots or a steadi-cam for shooting ‘on the move’. We also have the benefit of a dedicated Media Technician who is on hand to deliver individual workshops and support when using the equipment.

Enrichment activities

There is the opportunity to participate in a number of film competitions that we enter throughout the year. We have attended film festivals, participated in National Film Week, and run a yearly ‘Film Challenge’ competition. There are also frequent guest speakers from the world of professional media and film, including an independent film director, scriptwriters and representatives from Creative Skill Set. Foreign trips have included Los Angeles, New York, Rome, London and the Berlin Film Festival.

What will an A-level in Film Studies lead to?

The majority of our students will go on to university to study a related degree course such as Film and Screen Studies, Film Production or Screenwriting. Some students will enter a related field such as Journalism, Media Technology, Television and Radio or even Production Management.  Others will go on to study another Arts and Humanities course at university – English, Art, History, Psychology, Business Studies etc. We are also getting an increasing number of students who study Maths and Sciences!


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years