What's On The Course?
You will gain knowledge, skills, and enjoyment by studying the following:
- Exploring, analysing and writing about films
- Devising, storyboarding and scripting films
- Films as a product of society in different cultures and eras
- Hollywood films as the dominant force in world cinema
- British films - do we need a cinema that reflects our own diverse culture?
- Production, distribution, and the social and economic significance of going to the cinema.
- Exploring Film Form - How are films made and what they 'mean'. How do films recreate reality and convince us to 'suspend our disbelief'? Course work consists of one film analysis in essay form and one storyboard.
- British and American Film - Everything you need to know about the film industry but were afraid to ask! How and why do audiences consume films? Why are some films successful and others 'turkeys'? Why are there so few British films at the cinema? Students sit a 2 1/2 hour examination answering 3 questions on the cinema industry, two set British films and two U.S. films.
Why study Film Studies?
- Film Research and Creative Projects - Here you get to undertake an in-depth exploration of a director, producer or star of your choice in a small-scale research project. The second assignment requires the production of a script for a documentary on a subject devised by you through research.
- Varieties of Film Experience - Issues and Debates - Here you engage with documentary films, world cinema and undertake a detailed study of a film of your choice.
If you're interested in films and how they work, what they mean, and how they influence or reflect society, this is the course for you. This subject is not for 'film buffs', but for those who want to know more about how films are made, who makes them, and what their significance is in the societies of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
We have a long established tradition of teaching film studies here and one which has an enviable record of achievement. The course is challenging, fun and fantastic preparation for undergraduate study in a wide variety of subjects. Students will see a whole range of popular and obscure films, from Britain, Hollywood, and around the world. Film studies students at South Cheshire have consistently performed above the national benchmark for achievement.What else can you do on this course?
As well as screenings both in and out of college there is the opportunity to visit a variety of film and media events in the North West and beyond. There are also a range of enrichment activities available in Creative and Applied Arts.What the students say
"I have a passion for film and I love this course because you see a whole new side of the film industry. I've been able to watch and analyse lots of films from different eras, including foreign films, and have also been able to make my own short films as well. I now understand why directors do what they do during the film production process. The course has been a lot of fun and I'm glad I chose to do it." - Annabelle Smith, Ruskin Sports CollegePass Rates
In 2013 the student pass rate for A2 Film Studies was 100%.
Who Is It Suitable For?
For most students this will be the first time they have studied film - you don't need GCSE Film Studies - and therefore you might think this is a bit of an unknown quantity; but it has been around for many decades. It is a discipline that is an amalgam of elements drawn from other subjects such as English, with a dash of Psychology, History, and Politics, Philosophy and unique film methods and skills too. You need to be a person who wants to take popular culture seriously but also has an open mind and doesn't mind being challenged by 'Art-house' cinema or European movies.
What Are The Entry Requirements?
Minimum entry requirement is five GCSEs (2Bs, 3Cs) including English Language/Literature and Maths.
A strength in English Literature is a distinct advantage.
What Other Subjects Can I Study With This Course?
You can combine Film Studies with any other A-Level but it does lend itself to sit along subjects such as English, Media, Art, Photography, Government & Politics, and History, among others.
What Can I Do Next?
Film Studies is an extremely popular and well-recognised A-Level subject, allowing access to a wide range of Higher Education courses, for example Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Journalism as well as Film Studies. It can also lead to a wide variety of careers - journalism, criticism, teaching and broadcasting.
What If I Need Support?
The College provides a range of learning support for students who would like extra help with their studies. If you need help in deciding what to study or information on travel, finance, childcare, personal or health concerns, contact the Information Centre
How Do I Apply?