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A-level Film Studies

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,172 per year*
  • Duration of course 72 Weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

To apply for A Levels

Please choose an initial A Level you would like to apply for, then follow the on screen instructions on the online application form.  Add the names of the additional A Levels you would like to study into your personal statement, indicating why you have selected those options.

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content
The first year (A1) includes: film context and the key elements of film form (e.g. camerawork, mise-en-scene, performance, editing & sound.) You will analyse the way these elements of film form convey meaning. You will study Hollywood - auteurs and aesthetics, and compare two films from different eras: Classical Hollywood and New Hollywood. You will also study American film since 2005, studying one mainstream film and one independent film and examine how this affects aesthetics, ideology and spectator experience. British film since 1995, with an emphasis on narrative and ideology, completes the year. The second year (A2) includes: Global film (Two-film study), Documentary film (single film study), Film movements and silent cinema (single film study) and Film movements - experimental film (single film study). You will study film form, meaning and response, film contexts; revisit auteurs and narratives, plus critical debates and filmmakers theories.

What subjects does it combine with?
This subject combines well with English Literature, English Language, Communication and Culture, Psychology, Sociology, Media Studies and Photography.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?
This course will lead you nicely into creative and media careers. If you are interested in going into film production or working in television, this would be a good choice.

How will I learn?
A-levels are taught in the classroom and workshops of Paddington Green Campus. You will be expected to keep an up-to-date blog with all your work on it.

How will I be assessed?
At A1 you will sit internal exams to determine your progress. You will also be internally assessed on the first part of your coursework (screenplay with photo-storyboard). At A2 you will be assessed by a piece of coursework (a screenplay with photo-storyboard or a short film) and two 2hr 30 minutes exam papers.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?
Several hours per week.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?

What qualifications or skills do I need to show before I can enrol?
All A-level candidates must have a minimum of six GCSEs between grades 5-9 - and all candidates must have GCSE English and Maths at 5 or above.

Expected prior knowledge
An interest​ in film studies.

English level
GCSE English Language must be a grade 5 or above.

Mathematics level
GCSE Maths grade 5 or above.

Equipment and other costs
Students must provide their own pens, pencils and stationary. Although the key films will be shown as part of your course, it is important that you are able to access these films independently at home. All other equipment will be provided.

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.