Film Studies A Level

Course Description

Film studies is designed to develop critical understanding of the film industry and its relevance to audiences in the media saturated society we now live. The film studies course allows you to analyse a wide variety of film texts from mainstream American blockbusters to small ‘indie’ film productions and to develop an appreciation of film, both as art form and as a business with an objective to make a profit.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

Film Studies gives you an opportunity to learn about American, British and world Cinema. It will involve the study of film form, editing, cinema audiences, historical and cultural values, and film production. You will have opportunities to visit film and TV studios. You will also learn about production values and the messages being communicated, how films are marketed and advertised, distributed and screened. This may involve exploring print and film adverts, articles, blogs, celebrity appearances as well as other marketing strategies.
The course aims to develop your interests and appreciation of film and cinema. Personal and academic skills will also be developed by the study of film.

Links with other subjects:
Film Studies can be taken with almost any combination of other subjects, including English Language, English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Business Studies, Film Studies and Media Studies. Most Film students’ progress to Higher Education and the professions.

We offer a variety of enrichment including the Film Club and extra-curricular activities over the course of the year – recent trips have included excursions to Manchester, visits to London and Los Angeles to explore institutions such as the Harry Potter experience, Universal Studios and the Hollywood Dream.

Future Career Opportunities

The diverse range of skills developed on the course equips you for a wide range of careers. Former students have progressed into journalism, marketing, advertising, law, business management, teaching, social work, physiotherapy and the police force.

The subjects in the department will develop a creative approach to study, an ability to work both as an individual and in groups, and will develop confidence in your own ability to communicate in a variety of social, business and commercial situations, as well as analyse a wide variety of media and social contexts.

Our staff will help and encourage you to obtain work experience within the local media industry, we have links with:

• Bolton FM
• Media City
• Chief Productions
• Bolton News