A-level Film Studies

Overview

  • 16-18, Adults
  • 21-23 hours per week

Details

To apply for A-levels

Please choose an initial A-level you would like to apply for, then follow the on screen instructions on the online application form.  Add the names of the additional A Levels you would like to study into your personal statement, indicating why you have selected those options.

Will the course give me what I want?

The first year (A1) includes: film context and the key elements of film form (e.g. camerawork, mise-en-scene, performance, editing & sound). You will analyse the way these elements of film form convey meaning.

You will study Hollywood - auteurs and aesthetics, and compare two films from different eras: Classical Hollywood and New Hollywood. You will also study American film since 2005, studying one mainstream film and one independent film and examine how this affects aesthetics, ideology and spectator experience.

British film since 1995, with an emphasis on narrative and ideology, completes the year.

The second year (A2) includes: Global film (Two-film study), Documentary film (single film study), Film movements and silent cinema (single film study) and Film movements – experimental film (single film study).

You will study film form, meaning and response, film contexts; revisit auteurs and narratives, plus Critical debates and filmmakers theories.

What subjects does it combine with?

This subject combines well with English Literature, English Language, Communication and Culture, Psychology, Sociology, Media Studies and Photography.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

This course will lead you nicely into creative and media careers. If you are interested in going into film production or working in television, this would also be a good choice.

How will I learn?

A-levels are taught in the classrooms and workshops of Paddington Green Campus. You will be expected to keep an up-to-date blog with all your work on it.

How will I be assessed?

At A1, you will sit internal exams to determine your progress. You will also be internally assessed on the first part of your coursework (screenplay with photo-storyboard).

At A2, you will be assessed by a piece of coursework (a screenplay with photo-storyboard or a short film) and 2 x 2 hour 30 minute exam papers.

Equipment and other costs

Students must provide their own pens, pencils and stationery. Although the key films will be shown as part of your course, it is important that you are able to access these films independently at home. All other equipment will be provided.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email customer.services@cwc.ac.uk or come to one of our Open Days.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

A-level Film Studies

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

University

Is there additional work required by the student?

Several hours per week.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Creative Arts, Media, Film production, Television

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

All A-level candidates must have a minimum of 6 GCSEs between grades 5-9 – and all candidates must have GCSE English and Maths at grade 5 or above.

Expected prior knowledge

An interest in film.

English level

GCSE English Language must be a grade 5 or above.

Mathematics level

GCSE Maths must be a grade 5 or above.

Support

Free Meals in FE

If you are aged between 16 and 18 on the 31st August 2015 and received free school meals when you were at school, you may be eligible to receive a free meal at College

Eligibility

To be eligible for free meals you must be enrolled on a full time course, funded by the EFA and you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support allowance( ESA)
  • Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit (provided your parents are not claiming Working tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMR&C
  • Working tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after a person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
Evidence
  • Evidence of family income being within the threshold of £16,190 per annum. This may be evidenced by presentation of a Tax Credit Award Notice or documentation from HMRC showing actual income for tax year 2014-15
  • Parent or nominated guardian’s evidence of Child Benefit & DWP Letter confirming receipt of a means tested benefit.
  • Documentation from local authority of their entitlement to free school meals in 2015-2016.

All applicants will be required to provide evidence dated within four months of the application, showing that they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

Applications for Free meals in F.E.

A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or their parent/ guardian have made a successful application to City of Westminster College.

Exceptional age group for Free Meals in F.E.

Students aged between 19 and 24 on 31st August 2015 who are subject to a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are entitled to a free meal if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Getting your meal at College

Students must attend their classes to continue to be eligible for free meals at College.

Students will be allocated £2.41 for each day they are timetabled to be in college. There is no cash alternative. Credits will be loaded onto the Student ID card. Students must have their College ID card to get their meal. Students cannot get a meal with temporary ID cards.

Credits not spent at the end of each day will be withdrawn.

Students are advised to purchase nutritious meals. The credits cannot be spent on items such as: cookies, cakes, fizzy drinks or confectionary.

Further Education Fees

All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2015. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2015 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.

How much will my course cost?

The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.

Part Funded Courses

You may be eligible for a concession if:

  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying at the level of your chosen course for the first time. This applies to Level 1, 2 and 3 courses. Where appropriate, you will have no fees to pay apart from the cost of any specialist materials or equipment used during your course.
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of a ‘work-related’ benefit such as Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), or work-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). In such circumstances, you will have no fees to pay apart from the cost of any specialist materials or equipment used during your course, if applicable.
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of an ‘income-based’ benefit, such as Income Support or Housing Benefit. In such circumstances, you will not be required to pay any fees apart from the cost of any specialist materials or equipment used during your course, if applicable.
  • You are an asylum seeker in receipt of financial assistance (NASS), you may be eligible for concessionary fees.

24+ Advanced Learning Loan

If you are aged 24 or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. This is available to eligible students starting a course after 1st August 2013. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.

Fee remission/concessionary rates

Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:

  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 2 course for the first time.
  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 3 course for the first time.
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of a ‘work-related’ benefit such as Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), or work-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of an ‘income-based’ benefit, such as Income Support or Housing Benefit.
  • You are an asylum seeker in receipt of financial assistance (NASS).

Childcare

Are you aged 20 or over? Is the cost of childcare preventing you from studying? The College has a limited childcare fund to support parents who want to study but need help towards the cost of childcare.

The fund is small, you cannot presume that you will get help with childcare costs, even if you meet the eligibility criteria. It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available to help with your childcare costs.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances. In addition to demonstrating that you are on a low income, you must also meet the College’s general eligibility criteria.

General Eligibility Criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Skills Funding Agency or in receipt of a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling
  • Studying for a minimum of 10 hours a week *

Financial Eligibility

You need to have evidence that you fall into one of the following groups:

  • on a low income
  • a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

The evidence you will be required to produce:

  • a current JSA/UC/ Income Support/Pension Credit letter, a Tax Credit Award notice showing income for tax year 2014-15 or recent correspondence from the DWP/Housing Benefit office which specifies the benefit being received.
  • evidence of income may be a 2014-15 P60/Tax Return, recent pay-slips showing income evidence from previous two months from which the income can be calculated or a signed letter from the employer(s) stating the salary paid

Your childcare provision:

  • arrangements will be made with students on an individual basis.
  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • student on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • nursery places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.
  • funding for childcare is time-limited

Speak to a Student Advisor as soon as possible to put your name on the childcare waiting list. You MUST do this before you enrol on a course

For more information email studentadvice@cwc.ac.uk.

Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependant of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

In order to qualify for assistance from the 16-19 Bursary Fund you must fulfil all the following criteria.

General eligibility

You must be:

  • Under 19 years of age on 31st August 2015. A student who turns 19 after the 31st August, can continue to receive bursary for the rest of the academic year, or until their course ends.
  • A home student for fee assessment purposes
  • On a course/programme of study that is subject to inspection by a public body that assures quality (e.g. Ofsted) and
  • The provision must be:
    • Funded by the EFA or via a local authority
    • Funded or co-financed by the European Social Fund or publicly funded and lead to a qualification (up to level 3) that is accredited by Ofqual or is pursuant to Section 98 of the Leaning and Skills Act 2000

When allocating resources, the College may consider other exceptional circumstances e.g. Young carers, young people who having caring responsibilities but are not in receipt of Carer’s Allowance.

Financial eligibility (your personal or family circumstances)

You must meet the following economically disadvantaged criteria:

Be a dependent of someone who is:

  • on a low income e.g. on Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance
  • or employment Support Allowance
  • or whose parent(s)/carer(s) have an income not exceeding £23,000 per annum

In addition the college will have a contingency fund to support learners who are at risk of withdrawal as a result of financial difficulties with or without the above income evidence. E.g. young learners living independently and working to support themselves financially who are unable to access DWP benefits.

Young carers will be supported to make applications for bursary funding.

Assessment of eligibility

  • Evidence of family income being within the threshold of £23,000 per annum. This may be evidenced by presentation of a Tax Credit Award Notice or documentation from HMRC showing actual income for tax year 2014-15 or a P45 in exceptional circumstances.
  • Parent or nominated guardian’s evidence of Child Benefit & DWP Letter confirming receipt of a means tested benefit.
  • Documentation from local authority of their entitlement to free school meals in 2015-2016.

Payments

  • The amount of money paid will be dependent on the number of eligible applications received.
  • The first payment will be made in mid-October.
  • Subsequent payments will be made fortnightly.
  • The payments will be based on a minimum of 88% attendance each week.
  • Payments will be paid into your ( i.e. the student’s) bank account.

Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds (In Care/Care Leavers or living independently and claiming benefits)

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are under 19 years of age on 31st August 2015 and are:

  • In Care
  • Care leavers
  • Living independently and in receipt of benefits in their own names

Eligible students can receive up to £1,200 over the course of the academic year if you are a full time student, on a yearlong course and have a minimum of 88% attendance each week.

The bursary is paid every 2 weeks, but you will only get money for each week that you have reached a minimum of 88% attendance.

You must apply for this funding after you have completed your enrolment.

Your Social Worker or Care manager will have to confirm you are in the care of the Local authority. This can be done by letter or email. The email has to come from a Local Authority email account.

If you are living independently (in a hostel or other rented accommodation) you will have to bring evidence of your benefits.

The Student Advisors and Careers Team will offer additional help, advice and guidance to support you to stay on course and fulfil your education and employment aspirations.

Financial Support for 19+ Year-olds

Are you aged 19 or over? Are the costs associated with study (e.g. travel, buying additional books or equipment) preventing you from studying? The College has a limited Learner Support Fund (LSF) and 24+ Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Fund (24+ALL BF) to help with these costs.

The funds are small. You cannot presume you will get financial support even if you meet the eligibility criteria. Eligibility for help towards course associated costs are based on your personal circumstances. In addition to demonstrating that you are on a low income, you must also meet the College’s general eligibility.

General Eligibility Criteria

Learner Support Fund:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • Considered to be a home student
  • Fully enrolled on a course funded by the Skills Funding Agency

24+ Advance Learning Loan Bursary Fund:

  • Aged 24 or over
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study and in receipt of a 24+ Adult Learning Loan

Financial eligibility

You need to have evidence that you fall into one of the following groups:

  • on a low income
  • a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

The evidence you will be required to produce:

  • a current JSA/UC/ Income Support/Pension Credit letter, a Tax Credit Award notice showing income for tax year 2014-15 or recent correspondence from the DWP/Housing Benefit office which specifies the benefit being received.
  • evidence of income may be a 2014-15 P60/Tax Return, recent pay-slips showing income evidence from previous two months from which the income can be calculated or a signed letter from the employer(s) stating the salary paid
  • proof of rent or mortgage in order for your disposable income to be assessed

Payments

Payments contribute to the costs associated with study including travel. They do not meet all the costs. If you live within walking distance of college or have a Freedom pass you cannot apply for help with travel. For students who have to travel significant distances, a payment may be made towards the transport costs, for the days you are in College. You may also use the money to buy books or other learning resources.

All payments are based on you having a minimum of 85% attendance each month.

Payments are paid into your bank accounts.

You MUST inform the DWP of any payments you receive.

Contact studentadvice@cwc.ac.uk for more information.