A Level Film Studies
Staff, Teaching & Learning
Film Studies at St Ambrose Barlow is delivered by enthusiastic professionals with the most up-to-date technologies as well as the most up-to-date knowledge on film. In Year 12, students will make a short film (approximately two minutes) or create a script. The film will demonstrate an understanding of aspects of filmmaking. Students will also select a short sequence from one of their favourite films and examine it in intense detail trying to work out what effects the filmmaker has tried to create.
Students will also look at the film industry itself, with particular focus on Hollywood and the British Film industry.
In Year 13, students will study Film History and what critical approaches are to film such as the effect of online streaming on the film industry.
Why study Film?
Film is now one of the major art forms of the 21st century and the subject has been growing steadily since its introduction in the new OCR A-Level curriculum from 2017. It is a subject that has a vast interest and knowledge already, think of how many films you have watched in the past 12 months - why not use that knowledge in a viable academic subject? During both years you will go on educational visits to FACT in Liverpool, HOME in Manchester and The ODEON in the Trafford Centre.
With the advent of Salford Media City and the transfer of much of the BBC to the North West of England, this is an excellent opportunity and time to be seeking Media jobs in this part of the world.
There are numerous Film/TV/Media based courses currently running in Further Education Colleges and Universities right across the region and further afield. Studying Film at A-Level is a natural stepping-stone to a career in Film, Music or Television.