Film Studies A Level at Graveney School
If you love film and would like to study cinema as an art-form and a social and economic force, this course will offer you many challenges and rewards.
The new reformed ‘A’ level specification aims to extend students’ understanding of all aspects of Film. Whether you are interested in Hollywood blockbusters or World Cinema, film studies will offer new and challenging cinematic experiences to all learners. In preparation for the analyses of the set texts you will be taught how the different micro- elements of film, cinematography, sound, editing and mise-en-scene, contribute to the meaning of film. The A Level in
Film Studies will extend your understanding of the social, political and cultural significance of film by studying a wide range of films ranging from silent films from the past, foreign language films and modern day blockbusters. The range of set texts is varied and will provide students with a wonderful opportunity to develop their cinematic experience and engage with film in depth and detail. You will then need to prove this understanding through analytical written responses and practice exam responses in the classroom.
To help enhance your academic study you will also be given the opportunity to put the theory into practice with a range of creative and practical classroom tasks that will prepare you for creating your own short film in the non-exam assessed component; providing
you with the opportunity to further demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and creative skill as a filmmaker. Throughout the course students will
also have opportunities to work alongside media and film professionals to enrich their study and extend their creative skills.
This course provides an excellent base for any creative, English or humanities degree course, as well as practical or vocational training in film/television. Many of our students' with an A level in Film Studies go onto higher education at top universities, most recently these have included Warwick, Birmingham, Exeter and Cambridge; all Russell Group Universities. More recently a number of students have moved onto apprenticeships in the creative industries including film and television.
As a department we have strong links with a range of
professional media organisations and professionals who regularly contribute to the teaching and learning, as well as providing career opportunities such as work experience and training We also regularly submit many of our students short films for national awards such as The Moving Image Awards and EMC Media magazine Production Awards, often resulting in our students being
nominated for and winning awards. So for Film Studies, there really is no better place than Graveney.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Graveney School directly.