Film Studies — A Level

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Students will need a deep interest in Film and will utilise many of the same analytical skills required by English Literature. A Level Film Studies is a discipline that deals with textual, theoretical, historical and critical approaches to Films. A Level Film Studies also explores our role as the spectator and the psychology behind audience response. We study an exciting range of films from diverse national and cultural backgrounds.
The core study areas of Film Studies are, Key elements of film form (Film Language), Meaning and Response, Film Contexts.
The specialist study areas of Film Studies are, Spectatorship, narrative, ideology, Auteur, Critical Debates & Film Makers Theories.
What does the course involve?
• The language of Film and how it influences the audience
• The different components of film; what we see, hear and the way film represents the real world
• How these components work upon us as spectators and how our responses differ according to; who we are, where we are and what we seek from a film.
• The British, Hollywood and World Cinema industries, mainstream and independent cinema, historical and modern cinema.
• Who produces films, how they are funded, how they are created, how we get to see them and how we are convinced that we want to see them at all through marketing.
We will look at a diverse range of films. We study films from classic Hollywood cinema starring screen icons such as Jimmy Stewart & Kim Novak, to new Hollywood, with challenging films from directors such as Guillermo Del Toro and Quentin Tarantino. We also study Independent Cinema, World Cinema and case studies on British Cinema and Silent Cinema.
The films selected for study (subject to change) are as follows:
Component 1: Section A Hollywood (1930-1990)
• Vertigo (Hitchcock:1958)
• One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (Forman:1975)
Component 1: Section B American Film Since 2005
• La La Land (Chazelle: 2016)
• Captain Fantastic (Ross: 2015)
Component 1: Section C British Film Since 1995
• Trainspotting (Boyle:1996)
• This is England (Meadows:2006)
Component 2: Section A Global Film
• Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro: 2006)
• City of God (Mereilles: 2002)
Component 2: Section B Documentary Film
• Amy (Kapadia: 2015)
Component 2: Section C Film Movements – Silent Film
• Buster Keaton (1920-1922)
Component 2: Section C Film Movements – Experimental Film
• Pulp Fiction (Tarantino:1994)
Film studies (subjects to change) is a two year course and learners will be formally assessed in their second year (a linear A Level) this will be through a combination of exam and NEA (Non-exam assessment). NEA is worth 30% and is a mixture of critical analysis and creative work. There are two examinations worth 35% each at A level with a focus on the different case study films plus unseen content.


AS/A Level Film Studies (Eduqas)

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A qualification in Film Studies can open doors to a wide range of careers. With the increase in popularity of both Film Studies and Media studies, the foundations taught will help provide a step toward university. A good understanding of film and how films are created could lead to a range of career paths including script writing, cinematography, directing and much more.
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Entry Requirements

City 6 Entry Requirements for 16-18s:

All students studying for A Level would be expected to have five GCSEs, this must include at least 2 Cs/6s and 3 Cs/5s in academic subjects. For Film Studies one of those Bs/6s must be in GCSE English Language.

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Course ID: 159149

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course, fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer.

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