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Film Studies AS/A at Ormskirk School

Course description

The course starts from your own experience as cinema-goers and looks at recent mainstream films, which can also be a focus of later study. You will also consider some classic British films from the last 60 years, ranging from war-time melodrama such as Close Encounter, via early Bond films and swinging sixties curiosities like A Hard Day’s Night, to recent examples such as Chicken Run or Dirty Pretty Things. Examples from world cinema might include the works of Kurosawa (Japan, eg Rashomon), Godard (France, eg. A Bout de Souffle) or Wong Kar-Wei (Hong Kong, eg. Chungking Express.)The subject is more academic than practical. There will be an opportunity to make a short video clip in A2 but this is not a major focus of the course and no time will be spent on the technicalities of video production. Creative work is more likely to focus on screenplay –writing, story-boarding or film journalism. In exams you will: - Answer questions on case study materials - Write essays comparing films and giving an overview of your understanding For coursework you will: - Analyse short extracts from films you have studied - Produce a catalogue of materials relating to a series of films, a director or a star and - comment on its significance. - Produce creative work – story board, screenplay, journalism or video clip and discuss how it works. Entry Requirements - GCSE grade B in English and either English literature or drama.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Media or English, to prepare for higher education in related courses or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to film such as working within a Film or TV Crew. The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and production industries.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormskirk School directly.

Last updated date: 27 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years