Film Studies AS and A2 Level at Boston College
For anyone with an interest in gaining a greater understanding of the impact of the moving image on society.
Study a range of film from America, the UK and across the rest of the world. The course concentrates on film analysis, comparing and contrasting films from different eras and industries. A creative component assesses a learner's ability to put their ideas into practice.
If you finish the course after one year, you will achieve an AS in Film Studies. Completion of 2 years will results in a full A-Level in Film Studies.
You can progress on to study Film at HE, and related disciplines such as Media and American Studies.
Component 1: American and British Film
The module examines films from through American and British film history, comparing old and new movies.
Component 2: Varieties of Film
This module looks at different types of film, such as documentaries and films from across the world.
Component 3: Production
For this you will produce a creative project such as a short film or a screenplay for a short film.
You will also get the chance to go on a variety of trips such as; Warner Bros. Studio, Leavesden; film showings.
5 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 5 and above) including English at grade B or above (New GCSE grade - 6 or above).
Formal assessment takes place through Coursework and Exams. In AS you will complete a coursework portfolio including a 1500 word analysis and a piece of creative work (either written or photographic). The Exam lasts 2 ¼ hours and you answer three essay questions.
Alongside these you will complete various assignments and tests throughout the year.
In A2 you also complete a coursework portfolio which includes a research project and a piece of written creative work. The exam is 2 ¾ hours, with three questions.
Film Studies is designed to increase your analytical and written skills and is therefore particularly relevant for those who want to progress to HE studying Film or a related subject (such as Media, English and Communications).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston College directly.