What is Film Studies?

A-level Film Studies is the study of everything cinematic. From Silent European cinema to contemporary Hollywood, the course aims to develop our understanding and appreciation of film. We will examine movements and trends within the world of film as well as investigating reasons why such changes occur. We will uncover how cinema is not just a medium for entertainment, but that films are political and social platforms, which demand our study and reflection in order to help us make sense of our changing world.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 5 from English (4 will be considered)

  • Assessment methods

    2 final exams plus practical coursework

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Course type

    Linear A-level

  • Exam board

    WJEC

How you will study

A-level Film Studies is a comprehensive study of film and the history of film, and as such we will study a range of diverse and challenging texts. After an introduction to the concept of studying film we will move on to other areas including studies of new wave cinema, World cinema, American and British film and silent European cinema. This will be assessed through a combination of essays and formal examinations. There is also the opportunity to undertake creative practical work using the media editing suite and our digital video resources. This part of the course allows you to put into practice what you have learned about film production.

Course content summary:

  • Component 1

    Varieties of Film. You will study 6 American and British films

  • Component 2

    Global Film making Perspectives. You will study a mixture of 6 films

  • Component 3

    Creative Production. You will write, plan, direct and edit a short film. You will also study a series of short films

What else can i expect?

  • Weekly film club which screens alternative and independent world cinema.

  • Attend films and events at HOME in Manchester

  • We encourage short-film production outside of the classroom and encourage submission to film festivals

  • Trips to London & New York during the course

What can I do after Xaverian?

A-level Film Studies offers candidates a range of skills in both film theory and production practices. This would allow for progression into a range of film and media related courses at degree level, either practical or theoretical in nature. It would also be a useful qualification for anyone interested in a career in film journalism and criticism. Additionally, the course gives students a range of essential transferable skills, from academic writing skills to the ability to analyse and interrogate a text for meaning.

What else can i expect?

  • Weekly film club which screens alternative and independent world cinema.

  • Attend films and events at HOME in Manchester

  • We encourage short-film production outside of the classroom and encourage submission to film festivals

  • Trips to London & New York during the course

What can I do after Xaverian?

A-level Film Studies offers candidates a range of skills in both film theory and production practices. This would allow for progression into a range of film and media related courses at degree level, either practical or theoretical in nature. It would also be a useful qualification for anyone interested in a career in film journalism and criticism. Additionally, the course gives students a range of essential transferable skills, from academic writing skills to the ability to analyse and interrogate a text for meaning.