Film Studies AS/A2 Level at Carmel College
Film Studies will appeal to people who are not only interested in watching films, but also in analysing them, learning more about the film industry, and applying their own film–related skills. It is wide ranging in content, and draws on many different contexts relating to films themselves, the industry, and those who consume film-related products.
The course is demanding, but enjoyable. Prospective Film Studies students should be keen consumers of film, and be prepared to use the familiar ground of Hollywood as a foundation to explore other aspects of film production and consumption. The A2 course diversifies further, when students will, for example, study ‘International Film Styles’ as an assessed part of the course.
The course will increase your awareness of a wide range of cinema and independent/ alternative cinema and will form an integral part of the course. An appreciation of the history of cinema and its impact culturally, socially and economically, will be a main aim of this course.
Film is both an art form and a business and this is reflected in the content of the course. We hope to deepen your knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of film by studying film from four key perspectives:
- Cinema as an art form
- Cinema as a social institution
- Cinema as an economic institution
- Cinema and technology
You will need GCSE grade B in English Language.
Exam Board – WJEC
At AS Level the coursework module is worth 40% and the exam module 60%.
At A2 Level the weighting is 50% for each.
You will develop a range of skills and be assessed in a variety of different ways. The 2½ hour AS exam comprises three sections, which each require essay responses. Students sit this at the end of their first year. Coursework is completed in the second term of your AS year.
A third of A2 Level Film students usually progress to directly relevant HE courses, with another third progressing to HE courses in wider creative arts/humanities areas.
What support will I receive?
Every student will have access to extra tutorials run by the experienced staff; these may be to enhance existing knowledge or just to give extra support to you if you have been absent or if you are finding a topic difficult to access. In the build up to examinations, regular revision sessions are offered to you to ensure you are fully prepared. All students have access to the dedicated computer suite when it is not being used for classes. Tutors are approachable and friendly, lessons are dynamic and engaging and the department regularly receives positive feedback reports from students and inspectors.
All students are encouraged to develop their skills of independent learning.
What other activities can I get involved in?
The department arranges a number of visits to local cinemas. A number of Film students have taken part in BFI Academy events where they have gained invaluable experience with industry professionals. Affordable trips are offered each year, and our regular visiting speakers include an examiner from the BBFC in London and a Screenwriting lecturer. Students have visited the University of Central Lancashire and have been to Media City in Salford. Links with local universities are now established and further collaborative ventures will be taking place each year. Enrichment activities such as World Cinema have proved very popular and students also often use the department equipment and facilities to produce their own portfolio of work.
How successful are Carmel’s Film & Media students?
Film and Media Studies are very popular and successful courses with consistently very good results. As many as 45% of our students each year leave to enter careers or further study in media or related areas. Past students have become journalists, camera operators for Sky, PR consultants/advertising executives, digital media managers and have entered a host of other such media related careers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College directly.