Course Title AS/A Level Film Studies
Level: 3
Code MS038

Overview of the Course

Film Studies is designed to introduce you to the in-depth study of films in order to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the wide range of responses that film can generate. Film Studies creates the opportunity to study mainstream and independent American and British films from the past and the present as well as more recent, non-English language, European and World film.

What are the career opportunities?

The creative and digital sector is a growth area for employment. ‘Greater Manchester has the largest creative and digital clusters in the UK, employing 63,500 people and generating GVA of £3.1 billion each year. Key assets include MediaCityUK (home of the BBC & ITV) and The Sharp Project’. (Source: Greater Manchester Forecasting Model, Visit Manchester, New Economy) ‘Over the last decade, employment has grown significantly in sectors such as ICT Digital, Communications, Creative, Digital and New Media…The effects of the Media City development can already be seen in the cultural and creative sector where there are now many more jobs for graduates in the arts or media, far above the national average.’ (Source: Manchester City Council Item 7 Economy Scrutiny Committee 9 January 2013). There are employment opportunities in a variety of areas, such as journalism (print and broadcast), television, film and radio production, research, advertising and marketing. The digital media and press/magazine sectors also offer opportunities within post-production, animation and photography. Film students from Bury College have gone on to work in Television Production/Direction, Radio Presenting and Production, Arts Fundraising and Project Management, Sports Journalism, Marketing & Communications and as Art Director, Copywriter and Freelance Photographer. Former students currently work for Capital Radio, BBC Radio 4, Salford City Radio, Heat Radio, the BBC, ITV and Red Productions.

What are the entry requirements?

To study three AS Levels or two AS Levels and one Applied Qualification then the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including three subjects or more at or above grade C/5 ncluding grade C (4) in English.

Should you wish to study four AS Levels the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including two subjects or more at or above grade C/5 and two subjects or more at or above B/6.

In addition to the above a minimum of 9 grade points are required from maths and English combined.

How long is the course and when can I start?

The A Level Study Programme is usually two years, starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

There is a 30% coursework component which offers you the opportunity to develop your own skills as a filmmaker. Through studying a diverse range of films, you will apply this knowledge and understanding to creating your own films and screenplays, providing a valuable insight into the filmmaker’s perspective. Components 1 (35%) and 2 (35%) are externally assessed through written examination.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will develop a range of transferable skills including communication and numeracy. Technical skills will be developed through the coursework production component and the examined components will develop analytical and evaluative skills. Wider skills such as time-management, independent study, organisation and working to deadlines are an integral part of the course.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals. Previous placements for media/film students have included the BBC, Sky Sports and Sky News, the MEN, Lime Pictures, Company Pictures (Skins and Shameless), Shed Productions (Waterloo Road), XFM, Pink Productions, Key 103, Gate Films, Tower FM and Xplode magazine.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. Enrichment includes guest speakers (including former students working in the media industries) and trips/visits. Previous media/film trips have included the film/media careers convention at G-Mex, the BBC, Media City, Warner Bros Studios, Aesthetica Film Festival and Futuroscope (Poitiers).

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

A high-spec USB memory stick with a minimum 50GB capacity is invaluable for coursework purposes.

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