There has never been a better time to enrol on Film Studies A-level. Not only have our results been outstanding for the last 5 years, and frequently been in the top 25% or above in the country, but also the British Film industry is booming and many top Universities now offer high quality Film production degrees.
Film Studies is a very successful and popular subject at St Brendan’s, after consistently high results in both the exam and coursework. Skills in group work, research, analysis, creative projects and presentation, are applicable to multiple courses and employment. Many of our students choose to progress to Film-related degrees, and go on to work within the industry.
The coursework element is worth 30%. You can choose between creating a 5 minute short film, or writing a screenplay and producing a digital storyboard. You will then write a 1600 word reflective evaluation.
You will be supported by our excellent facilities and equipment, including high end Canon DSLR cameras, and a fully updated Adobe Creative Suite editing package.
We run trips related to film each year. Here are some photos from our trip to Harry Potter exhibition at Warner Brothers Studios.
Examined Units: Paper 1
The exams are at the end of Year 2 and are worth 70% of the course.
The first exam is 2.5 hours / 35% of qualification
Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)
American film since 2005 (two-film study)
British film since 1995 (two-film study)
Examined Units: Paper 2
The second exam is 2.5 hours / 35% of qualification
Global film (two-film study)
Film movements – Silent cinema
Film movements – Experimental film (1960-2000)
Methods of Teaching and Learning
Film lessons will be interesting and challenging with a strong emphasis on your ability to analyse and discuss moving image. You are encouraged to learn in a variety of ways. Independent projects and research will help you develop a broad and balanced understanding of the subject; in addition to this you will be collaborating with your peers to help you with your learning. Mastering the use of film vocabulary in your written work is essential, you will be expected to write practice exam responses and utilise teacher or peer feedback to make improvements to your work.
All of our subject teachers hold a degree or above in Film Studies or a closely related subject. They have current links to the industry, and are ambitious for students to progress to university Film Studies courses, and on to related careers. The course is taught with a mix of practical and theoretical lessons. You will be taught to plan, film and edit your own projects.
Method of Assessment
The course is a mix of examinations and coursework.
Practical production equipment including stills cameras, video cameras and digital editing facilities are provided. You will also have access to IT support. You are encouraged to make full use of the well-stocked library resources, magazines, and a comprehensive DVD / Video library.
Many students progress to Film and Media related courses at university, and then on to work within the industry. Past students have set up their own production companies, and are successfully making a living using their Film and Media production skills.
Film Studies A-level is particularly relevant for University courses in Film or Media Production, Creative Writing, Advertising and Marketing, Journalism or Teaching.
Students going directly into employment after A-level Film Studies have skills suitable for PR, Marketing, creative administration or roles requiring strong communication skills e.g. youth or charity work.
We work closely with a number of national and local companies including the BFI Film Academy.
We encourage you to enter industry competitions. We have connections with the prestigious British Film Academy Regional Film network, CND film-making competition, FilmClub.org, the BBC, and have free trips to local screenings and festivals.
We run a Career Ready Academy, which matches students with a mentor from the film industry, and arranges work experience and coaching throughout their 2 years with us.
You may be asked to pay for visits and some external film screenings.
In the Student Survey, 100% of students said they had found the course highly enjoyable and would recommend it.
94% said the course had exceeded their expectations.