A Level inFilm Studies

Film Studies is an academic A-Level, built around critical analysis and evaluation of a wide range of film texts. By studying film, you will develop your critical thinking and enrich your understanding of how cinema mirrors people, places and ideas. You will learn how films are bound to their social, cultural and historical contexts and how filmmakers from a range of backgrounds represent these features through engaging and inspiring artistic choices.

Course Content

In Year 12 you will study ground-breaking films from Classical and New Hollywood, contemporary mainstream and independent American cinema, and the challenging and socially conscious nature of British Film.

In Year 13 you will study examples of Spanish language and Iranian cinema, documentary film, silent cinema from the Soviet era, and the experimental work of Quentin Tarantino. You will also complete a screen-writing project as a Non-Examined Assessment.

Examined film texts:

  • Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
  • Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut (Ridley Scott, 1982)
  • La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)
  • Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
  • This is England (Shane Meadows, 2006)
  • Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
  • Taxi Tehran (Jafar Panahi, 2015)
  • Amy (Asif Kapadia, 2015)
  • Strike (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)
  • Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)

Features/Benefits

Film Studies will expose you to a wide range of film criticism, wider-reading, and journalism. It will give you an opportunity to develop your creative thinking and hone your research skills, as well as the opportunity to experience diverse approaches to the art of filmmaking that you will never have considered before.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:
All Loughborough College Sixth Form courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:
GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade 5.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice. international@loucoll.ac.uk

Assessment Methods

Two x 2.5 hour exams (70% of final grade) Screenplay & Evaluation NEA (30% of final grade)

Progression Opportunities

Film Studies is a suitable platform for progression to a range of Higher Education degree and vocational level courses. For those who do not wish to progress further within the field of Film Studies, this course also provides a coherent, engaging and culturally valuable course of study.

The skills developed on the course will also help further study in English literature and other analytical centred subjects. It also develops skills that can enable direct progression into employment.

6th Form FAQs

DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

  • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

  • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

  • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

    When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

  • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

  • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

  • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

Key Facts

Dates:

  • September 2023

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time

Level:

3

Course Duration:

2 Years

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 23/24A1WFS

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