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Film Studies

What is Film Studies?

What was the last film you saw at the cinema? What made you choose to see this film — the trailers and adverts? Did you consider why this film got made and by who? If you are an avid film fan and have a passion for writing, then an A Level in Film at Cardinal Newman will provide you with the skills to answer these questions in a creative and supportive environment. You will have the opportunity to learn within a modern and interactive setting, including a classroom with a 3D TV room, plus you will have the opportunity to visit LA as part of your studies!

What Will You Study?

Film Studies explores both how films are produced and how they carry meanings and generate responses among the audiences who watch them. For instance, you will learn about how the positioning of the camera in a scene impacts upon audiences’ response to the action, or how the choice of music creates a specific atmosphere. You will focus upon analysis in lessons where you will be expected to consider camera work, editing and sound as the language a film maker uses to communicate with their audience.

What Next?

Many of our Film students’ progress on to university courses in related areas such as Film and Media Production, Journalism and Film Studies. Film Studies is well regarded by most universities and it has also contributed to students’ acceptance on a range of courses. The emphasis on research, analysis and self-supported study also means that you will gain a valuable set of skills that make you attractive to employers as well as universities.

Exam Board

OCR

Entry Requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including a Grade C (5) in GCSE English Language.

Course Type

A Level

Breakdown

Exam: 50%          Coursework: 50%

Interesting Fact

In 2015, three of our A2 Film students were accepted onto the prestigious BFI Film Academy courses run in Liverpool and Manchester, where they have developed their creative skills by working with industry professionals.

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