A Level in Film Studies

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The A level in Film Studies is for anyone with an interest in gaining a greater understanding of the impact of the moving image on society, studying a range of films from America, the UK and across the rest of the world.

The course concentrates on film analysis, comparing and contrasting films from different eras and industries. A creative component also assesses your ability to put your ideas into practice.

What will I do?

You will begin your learning by studying Hollywood 1930- – 1990, comparing Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) with Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982), a contemporary American independent film, Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik, 2010), British film, comparing Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996) and This is England (Shane Meadows, 2006), and one non-English language European film, Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006).

After this you will progress onto mainstream American film since 2005, focussing on Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010), a global film from Brazil, City of God (Lund and Meirelles, 2002), documentary film, including Amy (Asif Kapadia, 2015), silent film, including Sunrise (FW Murano, 1927) and experimental film, including Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994).

You will have a Personal Tutor to help guide and support your learning. Information on study skills and access to study support groups is available if required.

The entry qualifications for the A level in Film Studies are five GCSEs at grades 5 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) including English at grade 6 or above (Old GCSE grade B or above).

The A level in Film Studies will take you two years to complete. You will attend college for a minimum of four days a week.

The A level in Film Studies is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost: £2225

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701 or email your query to

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the first day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

You will take your first exam at the end of your first year, and the second exam will take place at the conclusion of the second year.

Formal assessment takes place through coursework and exams. During the two years, you will be assessed through two, two 1/2 hour written examinations, worth 35% each, and a non-exam assessment, which is worth 30%.

Film Studies is designed to increase your analytical and written skills and is therefore particularly relevant for those who want to progress to Higher Education studying Film or a related subject (such as Media, English and Communications or American Studies).

There are no specific costs but students may be asked to contribute towards educational visits and other activities.

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