A-Level Film Studies Course at Varndean College

 

HOW WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME?
CAREER PATHWAYS

Students can progress to Film and related courses at university, as well as a wide range of other courses. This course will also give you a useful portfolio of work to show when applying for work experience.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Interpretation skills; teamwork; planning; visualisation and technical execution skills such as script writing, filming and editing.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

If you are more than just interested in films and would like to increase your enjoyment, understanding, appreciation, practical skills and knowledge of film and its industry, then this course is for you.

You will study a wide range of films, both mainstream and independent American & British, as well as non-English language European films, and a variety of film form including, silent film, short film, experimental and global film texts. There is also practical coursework with students able to make either a film or write a screenplay & accompanying storyboard.

You will study and be assessed on the following three components, over a two-year period:

COMPONENT 1: AMERICAN & BRITISH FILM (CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD; HOLLYWOOD SINCE 1960’S; CONTEMPORARY MAINSTREAM AND INDEPENDENT US FILM; BRITISH FILM SINCE 1995.
  • (35% of qualification) Written examination: 2.5 hours – This component assesses your knowledge and understanding of six films.

COMPONENT 2: VARIETIES OF FILM (GLOBAL FILM; DOCUMENTARY FILM; SILENT CINEMA; EXPERIMENTAL FILM (1960-2000).


  • (35% of qualification) Written examination: 2.5 hours - This component assesses your knowledge and understanding of five films and a compilation of short films.

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COMPONENT 3: PRODUCTION COURSEWORK
  • (30% of qualification) - In this component students will apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own film or screenwriting.
  • Production
  • Either a short film (4-5 minutes long) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay.
  • Evaluative Analysis
  • An evaluative analysis (1600-1800 words) of the production in comparison with other professionally produced short films or short film screenplays.
COURSE ESSENTIALS

COURSES AVAILABLE:


A Level

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:


Standard advanced course requirements

HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED:


70% exam, 30% coursework

EXAMBOARD:


WJEC

OTHER INFORMATION:


An annual highlight is the Cosmat Conference, organised by Varndean staff for A Level students from all over Sussex, which invites leading filmmakers to show and discuss their work. There is also an annual trip to the fabulous city of Berlin for its inspiration film festival.

ENQUIRIES TO:


Kirsty Painter

“Studying Film Studies has been an experience that has truly changed my outlook on cinema. My time studying this course has given me a better, more insightful understanding of the meaning behind a variety of films. I will take these new found analytical skills with me, and enjoy appreciating film on a deeper level.”
KITTY FABRY EX LONGHILL HIGH SCHOOL