Film Studies A Level

Sixth Form

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Location

Awarding body

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Full Time - September 2017

WJEC

6SAS093211

Course introduction

Do you love film? Then here is your opportunity to join with like-minded people and explore this most captivating medium.

And who knows? This could be the first step towards you being the new Tarantino, Chris Nolan, James Gun, Kubrick, Russo Brothers, Kathryn Bigelow.

As a student you will study genres including classic Hollywood, British film, horror movies, musicals and massive blockbusters. But it doesn’t end there.

You will also learn about acting and actors, directing and directors screenwriting and screenwriters, and special effects.

Plus our teachers have connections with the industry and even take you to the Oscars.

Why choose Brock for Film Studies A Level?

At Brock our Film Studies teachers combine academic professionalism and seriousness with the infectious passion of excitable film anoraks.

Each staff member is approachable, friendly and always happy to chat about movies.

These experts in cinema have studied film at the highest level and in some cases have worked in the industry.

They are also involved in media production outside the College, making films and vlogs.

Teaching & learning

The Film Studies team works hard to give you a range of learning experiences, including:  open debates, guest speakers and trips.

Naturally there will be a lot of viewing involved, including exclusive screenings. As a result, we expect you to pen analytical responses to set questions on a variety of films.

In your second year you have the chance to visit Hollywood during Oscar week, to mingle with the stars and see film studios in all their glory. 

Course structure

  • Gain knowledge of the American and British film industries by studying classical Hollywood film, independent film, American film and cult British film.
  • Develop your knowledge of different types of film, giving you a much broader appreciation of the art form’s versatility.
  • Acquire and nurture new production skills and knowledge, including scriptwriting and storyboarding.
  • Become familiar with a number of academic theories surrounding the study of film.
  • Develop a strong portfolio of research and written responses.
  • Discuss up-to-date trends in the industry and become aware of the evolution of cinema as an art form and business.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 4 to include:

  • English language
  • English literature

In addition, an interest and enthusiasm for the academic study of film and the film industry is essential.

How will I be assessed?

  • Course work
  • Exams

Information & support

We will encourage you to purchase exam films and attend the Hollywood trip in the second year of the course.

What can I do with this qualification?

The course of study will provide a strong base for progression to undergraduate studies in Film Theory, Film Criticism and Film History.

It will also complement practical work options offered at Higher Education.

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