Film Studies GCE A Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College
Film Studies is an analysis of the art of film from its inception to the modern day. You will study Hollywood films, British cinema and how the industry functions. You also get the chance to look at films from other countries and come up with your own creative ideas for a new screenplay or storyboard, and even make your own film. You will learn how to read a film, initially using popular examples from Hollywood. You will gradually widen your experience of film until, in the second year, you study world cinema and issues such as regulation, censorship and shocking cinema. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to have your own views and to look at films in your own way. An open mind will be encouraged, as will the ability to work on your own initiative and think for yourself about the creative decisions of those involved in film-making.
Unit Three: Film Research and Creative Projects: This coursework unit requires you to research a small-scale project pursuing your own interests in cinema, and produce an extended creative piece. Unit Four: Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates: For this synoptic unit, you will study a range of complex films. Some will be from World Cinema, others will explore how we might react to films, and there will be a critical study of a single film.
You will need a grade C in GCSE English Language.
The coursework counts for 40% of both AS and A2: film readings and a screenplay or a storyboard in year one; and creative work and a research project in year two.
Exam results are outstanding, with a large percentage of students gaining high marks. Film Studies complements almost anything - all arts and humanities subjects, with especially strong links to English Language, English Literature, Performing Arts, History, Psychology, Art and Sociology. You may go on trips and courses to local cinemas in Manchester, where visiting experts and those involved in the film industry will debate issues and illustrate their work. As the subject involves close analysis, creative flair and informed opinion making, it is relevant to a range of courses and careers. It has led in the past to media posts, teaching, journalism, advertising, the arts and practical film-making.
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