Course: Film Studies A-Level

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code

Film Studies A-Level


Sixth Form College


2 Years



Do you enjoy watching films and then discussing them in detail? Do you like thinking about the story, the actors, the camera work and the soundtrack? Do things like who directed, scripted or even produced a film fascinate you? If so, Film Studies may be for you. Films are not just about entertainment – they are works of art that make us laugh, cry and more importantly think. This course will expand your film intake and allow you to experience films that maybe would normally pass you by.

In your first year you will study the American and British film industries, British Horror, US science fiction film. For your coursework you will engage with a film discovering how it’s put together and the meanings that different techniques will create. You will also be given the opportunity to develop your own film ideas.

In your second year you will start to look in detail at some film theories that will feed into a small scale research project that will become part of your coursework. You will choose your own focus films and area of research and will be given free reign to develop your own theories and conclusions.

In addition to your research project you will learn how to write scripts to industry standard and will be able to develop your ideas into a screenplay of your own. Your intake of films will become more varied as we discuss international cinema and audience response. Some of the Films you will look at over the two years include:

  • Shutter Island (Scorsese, 2010)
  • Serenity (Whedon, 2005)
  • 28 Days Later (Boyle, 2002)
  • Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)
  • City of God (Meirelles, Lund, 2002)
  • Notting Hill (1999)
  • Red State (Smith, 2011)
  • Alien (Scott, 1979)
  • Clerks (Smith, 1994)
  • Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)
  • La Haine (Kassovitz, 1995)
  • Tsotsi (Hood, 2005)

What We Add

We have some amazing equipment that will allow you to create your own work to a near professional standard. We have a television studio that will give you experience in editing and filming live television shows. Our video and print software is of industry standard and will give you skills that will be vital to pursuing a career in many aspects of the media industry.


You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for A-level courses. You will also need at least a grade C (4 or 5) in GCSE maths.


This subject can lead to a wide range of degree programmes in film studies, media studies, script-writing, film and television production, journalism or any other humanities-based degree.

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