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Film Studies at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Film Studies?

A Level Film Studies at Runshaw offers an excellent opportunity to develop critical and analytical skills for dedicated film viewers who want to understand how film functions as an art form. The art of cinema is placed into its industrial context through a study of contemporary and historical modes of production, distribution and exhibition.

Your analytical skills will be nurtured through case studies, exploring critical perspectives and by an introduction to cinema from around the world. We use DVD and digital projection technology to enhance the close study of key sequences and frames, whilst we also use PC based edit facilities for the study of narrative and narration.

In addition to your lessons you will have the opportunity to take part in lectures, master classes and trips with the Film and Media Academy, as well as enrichment activities through Film Club, Film Production Club and writing articles for 'Screen', the Film Studies Magazine.
We also have links with the British Youth Film Academy meaning we can offer free work experience with an industry film production crew.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 89% of students achieving A*-B grades.

What will I study?

The course aims to develop each student’s knowledge and understanding of how a film works as a text through analysis and evaluation. Students will investigate how meanings and values can be read into a film and also how the cinema functions as a business and institution.

Students will eventually develop a broad knowledge of film theory and spectatorship by viewing case studies of individual films.

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For Film Studies specifically, this should include a Grade 5 in English (Language or Literature).


How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed by both coursework (requiring students to make a short film) and a written examination.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

Film Studies can enhance media and art based subjects in higher education. It helps to develop the skills of observation, critical analysis and reflection. Students can progress into careers and higher education in broadcasting, journalism, media production and marketing. Film Studies is compatible with a range of humanities degree pathways.

Where are you going?

  • Broadcaster
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Marketing Manager
  • Media Producer

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

  • Art
  • Theatre Studies
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAFILMS

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