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Film Studies - AS and A Levels at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • Opportunities to study a wide range of films from various genres and eras.
  • Candidates learn the basics of cinematography and how meaning is created through the juxtaposition of sound and image.
  • Candidates will develop an understanding of film as a 'business' and how commercial aspects impact on creative output
  • Domestic British product is studied at AS Level. Foreign films are mainly studied at A Level
  • Opportunities to engage in debate about film censorship, feminism in film, shocking cinema and numerous other related topics.
  • Ability to apply skills learned for film reading to titles of the students' own choosing.
  • Opportunities to develop students' own creative skills in the production of practical work.

Course content

The course looks at all aspects of the cinema industry, including production, distribution and exhibition. Students are taught the techniques needed to enable them to undertake film readings and analyse technical aspects of cinematography as well as learning about the industry and its impact on society.

Entry requirements

Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum ofĂ‚ 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C, one of which must be GCSE English language. Applicants will need to demonstrate an interest in film and cinema. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the faculty


AS Level

One examination taken at the end of the year focusing on the film and cinema industries and on British and American films studied throughout the year (60%). A coursework portfolio consisting of a practical piece (either a digital storyboard, extended step outline or short film piece) and a film reading of students own choice focusing on micro elements of film form and the meanings communicated to an audience (40%).

A2 Level

One examination at the end of the second year focusing on World Cinema topics, spectatorship studies and a single film close studies(50%).

Future opportunities

A Levels provide an excellent basis for progression to higher level qualifications such as degrees or Higher National Diplomas. There are a number of careers directly related to film studies including television researcher, journalism, TV and radio presenter, broadcasting film or theatre producer, TV production assistant.

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: 20 May 2014
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