Film Studies AS/A Level at South Holderness Technology College
Many modern films open with a scene without dialogue and yet, without being explained who is doing what and why, we understand a lot of what is going on. Having watched many different films we have unconsciously developed an understanding of film language.
A level Film Studies is really about studying and understanding that process. It works at all levels: in a scene, the director’s choice of lighting and camera angles, for example, determines our perception of characters. In the film as a whole, we make guesses about characters’ motivations and actions based on our knowledge of other films in the same genre. At the level of the film industry as a whole, we have different expectations about a mainstream Hollywood film or an independent British production.
This is a two year A Level course, which is taught for two lessons a fortnight as an enrichment A Level. The course consists of the following topics:
AS Level (Year 12)
Unit 1 Exploring Film Form (a) Analysis of micro aspects of chosen film extract (b) Creative project based on a film sequence or short film
Unit 2 British and American Form (a) Producers and Audiences of Film (b) Topics in British Film (c) Comparative Study of two American films
A2 Level (Year 13)
Unit 3 Film Research and Creative Projects (a) Small scale research project (b) Creative project Unit 4 Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates (a) World Cinema Topics (b) Spectatorship Topics (c) Single Film – Critical Study
5 GCSEs A-C grade including Maths and English
Students are expected to have gained at least a Grade C in GCSE English Language.
Units 1 and 3 are assessed through coursework (assessed by the teacher). Units 2 and 4 are examined units. Unit 1 is worth 40% of the marks for AS Level and Unit 2 is worth 60% of the marks for AS level. At A2, units 3 and 4 are worth equal marks.
Film Studies can be used as one of a student’s A Levels which will allow them access to university to study for a Media/Film related degree or one of many other degrees. A degree can lead to graduate employment in many areas.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Holderness Technology College directly.