Important Entry Requirement & Application Update
Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.
If your course requires an interview you will receive an email with details about your video call. There will be no need for you to come on site. Don't worry if you don't receive an email about an interview, not every course needs one.
When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices.
Is this course right for me?
Are you interested in film? Would you like to develop your interest at an advanced level? This course introduces you to a range of topics across the discipline of film studies. It prepares you for Higher Education study, and for applying your academic skills to a range of careers.
The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects. Film Studies particularly complements Media Studies, English Language or Psychology.
The course can be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.
The focus of the course is film: the major art form of the twentieth century, and a mode of expression and exhibition which continues to evolve. The AS/A Level curriculum are designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. A variety of forms of assessment are used, with the intention of producing imaginative, active learners. The varied curriculum builds on the cineliteracy you will have developed informally since childhood. You will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. You will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection. In addition, you will be able to develop your own creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form.
In order to qualify for this course, you will need the following:
- 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language
- GCSE English or Welsh 1st Language grade C
As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.
Progression to A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.
The course is delivered through a blend of the following:
- Taught theory sessions
- Group work
- Practical projects
- Presentations and written reports
- Self study of specialist topics outside of class time
The course is assessed as follows:
- On the AS course, students will produce two pieces of coursework. The first is a 1500-word written analysis of a film extract, exploring how miss-en-scene, performance, cinematography, editing, and/or sound construct meaning and provoke response. The second is a creative project, including creation of a step outline, storyboard or film sequence demonstrating how the micro features of film construct meaning.
- There is also a final examination of 2½ hours, taken in June. This consists of three questions, one of which is a stimulus-response question, the other two being essay-based responses to case studies.
With this course, you can add to your qualifications, and gain UCAS points, enabling you to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions, including Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.
Either immediately after the course or after Higher Education, your career options will include film industry roles, as well as positions in the media, education, publishing, and entertainment sectors.