A Level Film Studies

A Level Film Studies is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of how a film works as a text through analysis and evaluation. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress onto a range of degree courses including: Journalism, Media Production and Marketing.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
      LAFILMS
    • Attendance Pattern
      Daytime
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Langdale Road, Leyland
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    A Level Film Studies at Runshaw offers an excellent opportunity to develop critical and analytical skills for dedicated film viewers who want to understand how film functions as an art form. The art of cinema is placed into its industrial context through a study of contemporary and historical modes of production, distribution and exhibition.

    Your analytical skills will be nurtured through case studies, exploring critical perspectives and by an introduction to cinema from around the world. We use DVD and digital projection technology to enhance the close study of key sequences and frames, whilst we also use PC based edit facilities for the study of narrative and narration.

    In 2016 96% of students taking Film Studies achieved A*-B grades, the highest percentage in the country.

    In addition to your lessons you will have the opportunity to take part in lectures, master classes and trips with the Film and Media Academy, as well as enrichment activities through the Film Production Club and writing articles for ‘Screen’, the Film Studies Magazine.

    The course aims to develop each student’s knowledge and understanding of how a film works as a text through analysis and evaluation. Students will investigate how meanings and values can be read into a film and also how the cinema functions as a business and institution.

    Students will eventually develop a broad knowledge of film theory and spectatorship by viewing case studies of individual films.

  • Entry Requirements

    For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.

    *Please note that the following A Level subject requires a Level 6 in GCSE English: English.
    *Please note that the following A Level subjects require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The course is assessed by both coursework and a written examination.

  • Progression Pathway

    Film Studies can enhance media and art based subjects in higher education. It helps to develop the skills of observation, critical analysis and reflection. Students can progress into careers and higher education in broadcasting, journalism, media production and marketing. Film Studies is compatible with a range of humanities degree pathways.