6 Classics of British Film

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A friendly and accessible course, exploring a selection of British screen classics, some older and more modern. Discuss and learn more about each film as we examine if we know and agree on what we really mean by the the term 'classic British film'? Is it that it meets certain expectations? Do they have a similar running theme or mood? Has this concept changed over time? Including: Brief Encounter (1945), The Man in the White Suit (1951), A Taste of Honey (1962), The Ipcress File (1965), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).

Course aim

This course allows students to explore a selection of classic British films - increasing their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film in general.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding of what constitutes a Classic British Film.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to be able to analyse, comment on and/or review a Classic British Film.
  • Draw from one's own knowledge and experience in expressing informed opinions when commenting on a Classic British Film.
  • Demonstrate confidence in discussing the subject area and in particular any aspects of a 'Classic British Film' which one finds important
  • Describe your motivation & enthusiasm for 'British Film', cinema in general and issues rising from it.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A pen and note book would prove usefull.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre-reading/viewing is required. However, films will include: Brief Encounter (1945), The Man in the White Suit (1951), A Taste of Honey (1962), The Ipcress File (1965), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Could help to ground the participant with skills & knowledge relevant to employment/F.E/H.E education application.

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6 Classics of British Film

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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