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A-Level Film Studies

Course Information

  • Course Code: 042090-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: Welsh Joint Education Committee
  • Study mode: Full Time

In A-Level Film Studies you will study the key methods by which film-makers generate meaning (such as genre, narrative, camera, sound and editing) and the diverse ways in which audiences respond. You will also study how the film industry works as a business and how we, as consumers, can influence it.

What will I study?

Film Studies is currently a part of the reformation of A Level process. Below is part of the draft specification which is subject to change. When we know more we will update this page!

Component 1: American film

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three American films. Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study): focus on contexts One two-part question, requiring reference to two Hollywood films, one produced between 1930 and 1960 and the other between 1961 and 1990. There is a choice of question in the second part. Section B: Contemporary American independent film: focus on spectatorship One two-part question, requiring reference to one contemporary American independent film (produced after 2010). There is a choice of questions in the second part.

Component 2: European film

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of two British films (a comparative study) and one non-English language European film. Section A: British film (two-film study): focus on narrative One two-part question, requiring reference to two recent British films. There is a choice of question in the second part. Section B: Non-English language European film: focus on film poetics One two-part question, requiring reference to one non-English language European film. There is a choice of questions in the second part.

Component 3: Coursework – 30% of the overall grade

This component assesses one production and its accompanying evaluative analysis. Production: A screenplay for an extract from a film highlighting narrative construction of between 1200 and 1400 words plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay (approximately 1½ minutes' screen time, corresponding to approximately 15 storyboard shots). Evaluative analysis: An evaluative analysis (1000-1250 words) of the production in comparison with other professionally produced films or screenplays.

Entry Requirements

To study A-Level Film Studies you will need 5 Cs at GCSE (or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs)

Also an interest in all things Film.

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by written exam and coursework.

What can I do next?

You could go on to continue your studies at University where an A-Level in Film Studies could help you to get a place on a wide variety of degree courses.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

TV Or Film Director

Directors have overall responsibility for the way films and television programmes are made. As a director, you would use your creativity, organisational skills and technical knowledge to manage the whole production process.

If you are imaginative, and can lead others to work towards your creative vision, this job could be for you.

To do this job, you'll need good planning and communication skills. You'll also need to be decisive and able to work to a budget.

There are many ways into this job. You could start as a runner, or progress from camera or acting work. Employers will be more interested in your experience than formal qualifications.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

TV Or Film Assistant Director

Assistant directors, known as ADs, support the director by organising and planning everything on set, leaving them free to concentrate on the creative angle.

You will need to be well organised, a good motivator and able to think on your feet.

Practical experience on set is essential to become an AD. You can gain this by starting out as a ‘runner’, for example, or by doing a film course that includes work placements.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

TV Or Film Camera Operator

Camera operators record images for film, television, commercials and music videos. They set up equipment, plan shots and sort out technical and lighting issues.

If you have good practical skills, can visualise shots and have a keen interest in the moving image and photography, this could be a great job for you.

You would usually get into this type of work by becoming an assistant and learning your craft on the job. College courses can also be a good way to get some of the technical skills you'll need.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

TV Or Film Producer

TV and film producers look after the business side of a production, leaving the director and crew to concentrate on the creative work.

The job includes pitching new ideas for projects, securing funding and rights for books and screenplays, and managing budgets.

To do this job, you will need to be well organised, good with figures and an excellent negotiator.

To become a producer, you will need experience of working in the industry and a good network of contacts.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

TV Or Film Production Assistant

As a production assistant, you would support the producer and be responsible for the administration and organisation involved in producing a film or TV programme. If you like working with people and organising things, and you want to work in film or TV, this job could be ideal for you.

You’ll need to be organised and have excellent attention to detail. Being able to take the initiative and think creatively will help you to solve problems throughout the production process.

You could get into this job with a degree. Alternatively, experience is highly valued by employers, and you could move into this career without a degree if you have a background in jobs like advertising, TV or office management.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

TV Or Film Sound Technician

As a sound technician in film or TV you would be responsible for recording the voices and background noise on a TV or film shoot in a studio or on location. If you are interested in how sound technology works and would like a hands on practical role, this could be the career for you.

To make sure that the sound team are working as effectively as possible you will need great communication skills in this job. You’ll also need to pay close attention to detail and be able to concentrate so that the right voices and sounds are picked up on your recordings.

There is no set entry route to become a sound technician. Experience of sound recording and an understanding of audio technology and software is very highly valued by employers.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a 'University Plus' programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

Learn more by clicking here

A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.