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Starts

2 Sep 2024

Study mode

Full Time

Campus

Framwellgate Moor Campus

Duration

2 Years

Level

Level 3

Awarding body

WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee)

Course code

ALEVF3018AS1

Fee Information

Standard Fees of £811.00 for the first year

Advanced Learner Loan Fees of £811.00 for the first year

Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see our Fees and funding page for more information.

Age 16-18

FREE (If meet residency criteria and not enrolled at another educational institution).

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course will be FREE. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips.

Age 19+

If you are aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course could be free dependant on the level of the course and your eligibility criteria. The rules regarding fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to contact our Advice, Support and Careers Team on 0191 375 4400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect on live chat (bottom right of your screen).

Student Finance

If you are aged 19 or over and not eligible to get your course free, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company to help towards the cost of some, or all, of your fees. If the amount of Advanced Learner Loan available to you is less than the Advanced Learner Loan Fee for your course, you would need to pay the difference. See our Funding Your Study page for more information or visit the website to find out more.

Course details may be subject to change.

If you are interested in studying A Levels at New ƵAPP Durham please just complete one application form and you will be able to choose your subjects once you have had your interview. You do not need to apply for each of the subjects you are interested.

Do you have a genuine interest for film? By studying this subject you will develop your knowledge and understanding of how different genres of film encode meaning for their audience and how they function as a business within wider institutions.

You will produce a photographed storyboard for a film scene. This involves studying cinematography, editing, sound and mise en scene and demonstrating how they can be used to create meaning for an audience. You will also engage with screenplay writing through studying codes and conventions of narrative and genre.

As well as these practical skills you will also study theoretical concepts behind film, focusing on production, textual analysis, representation, institutions and audiences, and the British film industry in comparison to Hollywood.

Entry Criteria

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and maths

What are the next steps?

You will meet with a course tutor; please bring a copy of your GCSE grades or predicted GCSE grades.

Study Aims

This exciting A-Level programme aims to provide learners with a knowledge and understanding of:

  • A diverse range of film, including documentary, film from the silent era, experimental film and short film.
  • The significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts.
  • Film and its key contexts (including social, cultural, political, historical and technological contexts)
  • How films generate meanings and responses
  • Film as an aesthetic medium
  • The different ways in which spectators respond to film.

Modules Studied

  • Varieties of film and filmmaking - this component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films. You will sit a written examination (2½ hours) which makes up 35% of the qualification.
  • Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study) - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two Hollywood films, one from the Classical Hollywood period (1930-1960) and the other from the New Hollywood period (1961-1990).
  • American film since 2005 (two-film study) - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two American films, one mainstream film and one contemporary independent film.
  • British film since 1995 (two-film study) - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two British films.
  • Global filmmaking perspectives - this component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films (or their equivalent). You will sit a written examination (2½ hours) which makes up 35% of the qualification.
  • Global film (two-film study) - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two global films: one European and one produced outside Europe.
  • Documentary film - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one documentary film.
  • Film movements – Silent cinema - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one silent film or group of films.
  • Film movements – Experimental film (1960-2000) - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one film option.
  • Production - This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. You will engage in a practical assessment which makes up 30% of the qualification. For this assignment, you will produce either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words), plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay, and an evaluative analysis (1600-1800 words).

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught by lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given.

You will sit monthly in-class assessment for which you will receive extensive feedback, as well as other assessments throughout the academic year, which will help you track your progress.

This course is assessed through terminal written exams and coursework.

Placement

Work placements are an important part of the programme and all learners will be given assistance in finding a suitable position.