Film Studies A Level
About the course
Mad for film but want to know more? Want the opportunity to make your own film, write your own screenplay or research World Cinema? This intensive and enjoyable two-year course allows you to do all these things and more.
• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language
• At least one grade 5/C and one grade 6/B in GCSE written subjects. One of these must be English Language. Other written subjects include History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Media Studies, Religious Studies (full course)
• Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
• IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
In your first year you will develop your understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of film, developing your skills of interpretation and critical analysis. You will study British and American films, both classic and contemporary.
In your second year, you will build on the skills developed in the first year, studying contemporary world cinema, cinematic movements and other issues and debates. You will make your own short film or write a screenplay extract and undertake individual research into a director of your choice.
Assessment is a mixture of coursework and exams at the end of each year.
At university you could take Film Theory, Film Criticism and Film History. You could also move into a range of film/video/TV production courses leading into the industry. Film Studies also complements the study of English and visual arts-based subjects such as Photography.
The facilities were great as we were able to use Final Cut Pro and quality cameras which I had never been able to use before.
Maria De Ferry
Studied: A Levels in English Language and Literature, Media and Film
Destination: Now taking an apprenticeship at the BBC
She said: “I had a great time at City and Islington and really enjoyed my film and media studies courses which fuelled my ambition to work in the media. The facilities were great as we were able to use Final Cut Pro and quality cameras which I had never been able to use before.
“After creating a music video as part of an A Level project I knew I wanted to work in the media industry and began to research my options. I realised that what I wanted to do did not need me to take a degree and then I found the production apprenticeship at the BBC and I applied.”
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A Level entry requirements
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Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.