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Film Studies A Level - Level 3


The A Level in film studies will give you a broader knowledge of film and the cinema industry from around the world.

Film is the dominant art form of the 21st century, both reflecting and influencing society and culture. Learning to read films as more than a form of entertainment will develop your skills in analysis and interpretation.

This A Level will cover national cinema, film movements and styles and the language of film.

Visits to the cinema, and other course related places such as the National Media Museum, are planned to ensure that students gain a wider perspective of the film industry.

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including English language/literature (or combined English).

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course.

Start dates and fees

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September 20171525Apply online

How long is the course?

A Level qualifications last two years.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed primarily by examination scheduled for May/June with some additional coursework assessment.

Success rates

A Level pass rate 2015 - 100%

What does the course lead to?

A career in media would be open to you upon completion of this A Level. Specific employment could include journalism, film critic, scriptwriter, researcher or a role in film production.

What will I study?

Core units will cover exploring film form, British and American film, film research and creative projects and issues and debates.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

Access to degrees in cultural studies, creative writing, media studies, film production, social science or film and television studies, are all options for you upon completion of the Film Studies A Level.

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

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