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A-Level Film Studies at Winstanley College

Course description

Course Content
You will sit two exams and complete one practical piece of coursework

The course assesses knowledge and understanding of eleven feature-length films (these may change year on year but you can see what we are studying in 2017 below to give you an idea). 

Hollywood 1930-1990
This module requires you to explore one film from the Classical Hollywood period (1930-1960) and one from what is generally referred to as New Hollywood (1961-1990). This year we will be looking at Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Forman, 1975). 

American Film since 2005
This module requires you to study two films, a mainstream US film and a contemporary independent film. This year we will be looking at Frances Ha! (Baumbach, 2012) and Selma (Duvernay, 2014). 

British film since 1995
In this module you will be studying two British films in relation to narrative (the way a story is told for example) and ideology (examining the main messages and values of the film). This year we will be looking at Trainspotting (Boyle, 1996) and This is England (Meadows, 2006).

Global Film
In this module you will be studying two non-English language films, one European film and one film from outside Europe. This year we will be looking at Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, Spain, 2006) and City of God (Meirelles, Brazil, 2002).

Documentary Film
For this section you will be studying one documentary film, looking at a variety of critical debates. This year we will be looking at Amy (Kapadia, UK, 2005). 

Film movements – Silent Cinema
This section requires you to study one film that is representative of a stylistic movement in silent cinema. This year we will be looking at the Short Film Collection of Buster Keaton.

Film movements – Experimental Film 
This section requires you to look at a film that provides an alternative to mainstream narrative film. This year we will be looking at Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, US, 1994).   

In this unit you will produce and evaluate one practical product.  You will produce: 

•  either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) 

•  an evaluative analysis (1250-1500 words)

Why should I study Film at Winstanley?
When you join the Performing Arts and Media department you become part of a close knit family.  Even if this is your only creative subject you’ll feel part of the gang as you perhaps contribute to the cross college Winstanley TV projects or work with your classmates film making.  We’ll  make sure that you’re receiving all the support you need with the theoretical aspects, for example you may be entitled to extra time in your exams, you may benefit from working with a learning support tutor or you may simply need help with organising your time and many pieces of paper!

Learning outside the classroom
You’ll be invited to participate in a wide range of activities, for example:
•    Cinema trips
•    London, New York and Hollywood Trips
•    Winstanley TV
•    Visiting expert workshops, 

We have a range of enrichment activities within the department. Winstanley TV is a chance for everyone to get involved in creating TV and film by students, for students – you could learn how a studio runs, develop editing or camera skills or present your own show! In previous years students have created award winning films through Winstanley TV.

We also run a number of trips and visits each year. In previous years Film students have visited places like Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles. Each year we have a number of guest speakers come in to college, including a former student who is now a BBC producer and a BBFC examiner. We also participate in National Film Week and have made trips to short film festivals around the country. We also run a weekly film club, which challenges the students to view the 100 greatest films of all time by the end of the year!

From school pupil to Winstanley student 

Usually students haven’t studied Film before but come to the course having watched a wide range of films.  No experience is necessary but you should have a true passion for film and a thirst to find out more.                                                                              

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years