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Film Studies A-level at Bideford College

Course description

In the critical parts of the course not only will you engage with theories that help you tounderstand and explore the meaning of films, you will also look at the film industry and considerthe appeal of different genres, and even the way that films are marketed and promoted. Ofcourse, there is also a strong practical element to the course and whether you want to makeyour own short film or simply write a screenplay, there are several elements of the course thatallow you to develop such creative interests too.This means that, as you would expect, the course is a great way of extending critical andessay-based skills that will help prepare you for higher education. Having studied thetechniques of some of the greatest film-makers in the world it is also an excellent way ofproducing work of your own.In some units you will be exploring films that are now seen as ‘classics’ by film critics andacademics; at other times you might be looking at popular mainstream films and exploring andeven researching what the reasons were for a film's success. In both AS and A2 your tutor willalso help you to direct your study towards an area that you are particularly interested in so thatyou explore this too.This could involve the study of a particular director's work, comparing an original with a remake,looking at how special effects have developed or even the set design or costumes in films froma particular genre.

Entry requirements

Students needs to have at least 5 GCSE grade A*-Cs including either English or EnglishLiterature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bideford College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years