A-level Film Studies

In this course, students are encouraged to explore and analyse concepts such as narrative, genre, representation of themes and characterisation, as well as aesthetics, with a view to deconstructing the meaning of films. Students will broaden their understanding of the medium and its development by engaging with the history of film, looking at key movements and stages in its growth and diversification. By getting to grips with a range of critical approaches, students will be equipped to better understand the context in which films are made. A broader understanding of the social, historical, institutional, technological and political contexts in relation to production leads to a far deeper understanding of the medium and the messages it conveys.

All that knowledge is then put to use. Not only do students study the medium, they are afforded the opportunity to apply their understanding practically through the planning and production of a 5 minute short film or 10 minute screenplay for a short film.

Alongside the specified films and reading for the course, students are advised to read independently on theory to better enrich their understanding, as well as watching other films within the specified genres.

Films span the Silent Era, German Expressionism, European Surrealism, 1930 – 1960, and 1960 - 1990

You can study this subject for one year part-time and earn an AS-level or for two years and earn an A2-level.

What will I study?

  • The terminology needed to explore film academically
  • The deconstruction of meaning within film
  • Mise en scene and aesthetics
  • The impact of context on the medium
  • The history and development of film as a cultural force

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through a combination of exams and coursework.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs grade A*-C/ 4-9
  • Successful interview demonstrating motivation and commitment to the course and an initial assessment

What next?

Successful students may wish to progress onto higher education. Students often progress on to degrees in English Language and Literature.

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Full Time 2018 Higher Education 2018 Autumn Part-time course guide Apprenticeship Guide