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Film Studies A Level at South Cheshire College

Course description

Why study Film Studies?

If you're interested in films and how they work, what they mean, and how they influence or reflect society, this is the course for you. This subject is not for 'film buffs', but for those who want to know more about how films are made, who makes them, and what their significance is in the societies of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

We have a long established tradition of teaching film studies here and one which has an enviable record of achievement. The course is challenging, fun and fantastic preparation for undergraduate study in a wide variety of subjects. Students will see a whole range of popular and obscure films, from Britain, Hollywood, and around the world. Film studies students at South Cheshire have consistently performed above the national benchmark for achievement.

What else can you do on this course?

As well as screenings both in and out of college there is the opportunity to visit a variety of film and media events in the North West and beyond. There are also a range of enrichment activities available in Creative and Applied Arts.

Course content

You will gain knowledge, skills, and enjoyment by studying the following:

  • Exploring, analysing and writing about films
  • Devising, storyboarding and scripting films
  • Films as a product of society in different cultures and eras
  • Hollywood films as the dominant force in world cinema
  • British films - do we need a cinema that reflects our own diverse culture?
  • Production, distribution, and the social and economic significance of going to the cinema.

AS Units:

  • Exploring Film Form - How are films made and what they 'mean'. How do films recreate reality and convince us to 'suspend our disbelief'? Course work consists of one film analysis in essay form and one storyboard.
  • British and American Film - Everything you need to know about the film industry but were afraid to ask! How and why do audiences consume films? Why are some films successful and others 'turkeys'? Why are there so few British films at the cinema? Students sit a 2 1/2 hour examination answering 3 questions on the cinema industry, two set British films and two U.S. films.

A2 Units:

  • Film Research and Creative Projects - Here you get to undertake an in-depth exploration of a director, producer or star of your choice in a small-scale research project. The second assignment requires the production of a script for a documentary on a subject devised by you through research.
  • Varieties of Film Experience - Issues and Debates - Here you engage with documentary films, world cinema and undertake a detailed study of a film of your choice.

Entry requirements

Generally, a minimum of 2 GCSEs grade B and 3 grade C, including English and Maths, but applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

Future opportunities

Film Studies is an extremely popular and well-recognised A-Level subject, allowing access to a wide range of Higher Education courses, for example Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Journalism as well as Film Studies. It can also lead to a wide variety of careers - journalism, criticism, teaching and broadcasting.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.