Performing arts, music and media A-Level Film studies For 16-19 Year Olds

A Level Film Studies

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COURSE OVERVIEW

You will study British, Hollywood, and world cinema. You will consider audience responses, develop critical and analytical skills, as well as undertaking a range of creative projects across the two years.

EXAMINATION BOARD: eduqas

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Literature. Students will be required to view 18 certificate material.

Why study A LEVEL FILM STUDIES at Blackpool Sixth?

You will be supported by bespoke online materials in film education, allowing you to continue your studies outside of the classroom. Be prepared for a cinematic master class!

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How will I be taught?

Classroom sessions will include close analysis of film sequences.
Whole films will be screened throughout the year. Some of these may be screened in the theatre at times outside of the timetabled sessions.
You will be provided with a range of resources that will be both print-based and online. These will include video material that will allow you to continue your studies outside the classroom.

Teacher expertise

The subject is taught by an experienced teacher who is also an examiner for A Level Film Studies.

What skills will I develop?

  • Analytical skills; developing a depth of knowledge on all aspects of film form, from technical components such as cinematography and editing, to aesthetic areas such as mise-en-scene, and colour and light.
  • Critical skills developed through auteur studies (particular filmmakers), and film movements and trends.
  • Deeper understanding of film industries and how they are impacted by historical, political and social contexts.
  • Knowledge of the history of cinema through studies of the formative era of silent cinema, through to more emergent contemporary techniques.
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How will I be assessed?

70

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exam
  • 70% Two formal examination

Throughout the year, interim assessments will include written assessments, however there will also be a requirement for students to research topics independently. These will help you to develop skills for the final exams.

30

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Coursework
  • 30% Coursework
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What will you study and other information about A-Level film studies

Where does it lead?

Over the course of the two years, you will have the opportunity for visits that include:

A Level Film Studies offers the opportunity for further study at university on a range of film and media-related courses, either practical or theoretical in terms of content. Due to the nature of the course in terms of essay writing, research, and analysis, the course will also prepare you well for formal academic study at university. Examples include students progressing to York University (Russell Group) and Westminster University.

Our Alumni

Elliott Gray-Medd, class of 23

HIGH SCHOOL: Cardinal Allen Catholic High School

Elliott studied level 2 and 3 BTEC Health and Social Care, GCSE English and GCSE Maths at Blackpool Sixth. He is now working as a teaching assistant at Red Marsh School. He said “The staff are amazing and so supportive. I wouldn’t be where I am without them!”

Yulan ChanDelaney, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Montgomery Academy

Congratulations to Yulan ChanDelaney for achieving excellent grades in her A Levels! Yulan has excelled with A grades in Biology and her Extended Project and B grades in Chemistry and Religion, Ethics and Philosophy. We are delighted to announce that Yulan will be attending the University of Leeds in the coming academic year to study medicine. Best of luck with your future studies, Yulan!

Adam Walker, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Millfield Science & Performing Arts College

Adam has achieved an impressive Double Distinction star in BTEC Music and a Merit in BTEC Business at Blackpool Sixth. We are thrilled to announce that Adam will be pursuing Creative Musicianship at ICMP, and we cannot wait to see where his passion for music takes him!

Luke Moore, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Lytham St Annes Technology & Performing Arts College

Luke is an incredibly talented student who excelled in BTEC Performing Arts – Musical Theatre, achieving an impressive Triple Distinction Star grade. Luke has decided to take a gap year to audition for colleges but dreams to attend a top London-based college, and eventually make it to the West End. We have no doubt that Luke will achieve great success in his future!

Thirisha Varatharajan, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Baines School

Thirisha Varatharajan has excelled in her biology A Level with a grade of B, as well as chemistry and mathematics A Levels, both with a grade of A. We are proud to announce that Thirisha will be attending the University of Liverpool in the upcoming academic year. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours and can’t wait to see what she will achieve next!

Maddie robinson, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Carr Hill

Maddie Robinson has received a Double Distinction Star and a Distinction in Health & Social Care (Triple). We are thrilled to hear that Maddie plans to progress into employment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and we are confident that she will excel in this role. Maddie’s hard work and dedication have clearly paid off, and we wish her all the best with her future. Well done, Maddie!

David Speight, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Highfield Leadership Academy

David Speight gained an A grade in A Level Photography and a Double Distinction Star in BTEC Film and Television. We are proud to announce that he will be moving onto a Level 3 Content Creator Apprenticeship at Ascent Trampoline Park.

Sarah Grogan, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Montgomery Academy

Sarah has recently received A* grades in maths and physics, as well as an A in economics. We are thrilled to announce that Sarah will be attending Cambridge University to pursue her studies in economics.

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