Film Studies
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Maths and English Language. However, due to the new GCSE grading, we do recommend that you are working towards at least a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

If you want to develop sophisticated analytical and creative skills, Film Studies is a fascinating subject which will challenge the boundaries of your understanding. You will examine the language and structure of film along with its social and industrial contexts, looking at audiences, producers, individual directors, genres, stars and studios. You will also look at the wider film industry and explore a variety of film careers.

You will analyse film screenings, scripts and screenplays and develop an understanding not only of the film making process, but also of marketing, post-production and distribution. While studying cinema as a medium, an art form and a social and economic institution, you will also engage with a wide range of films from different countries and eras, developing your skills in observation, critical analysis and personal reflection.


What will I learn?

Unit 1: Exploring Film Form
Unit 2: British and American Film
Unit 3: Film Research and Creative Projects
Unit 4: Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates

How will the course be assessed?

Unit 1: Coursework
Unit 2: Examination
Unit 3: Coursework
Unit 4: Examination


You will be offered a range of enrichment activities, including trips and visits. Details of the cost of these will be provided as they are planned.


We have Apple Mac suites with industry standard software for editing and motion graphics. We also have touchscreen TVs, a green screen, DSLR cameras and hold film screenings in our College cinema!


Progression and Careers

The analytical skills gained in this A Level are transferable to and valued by many degree programmes. Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities including the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield, the University of Glasgow, the University of Salford and King’s College, London.

They are reading degree programmes such as Contemporary Film and Video, Broadcast Journalism, Information Technology for the Creative Industries, Television Production, Television, Radio and Media, Culture and Society, as well as English Literature and History and Publishing.

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