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film studies a level

Film Studies A Level

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Paston College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


From 2017 Film studies will be delivered as an A level over 2 years. Here at the Sixth form, CCN we focuses on the study of film through its application. A hands on approach to Film Studies that embeds learning about films through applying what we learn in a range of creative writing, advanced filming and editing workshops in which all students will complete a range of creative activities and projects that includes producing either a short film or writing a screenplay.

The new specification offers an exciting opportunity to explore a range of contemporary films from a range of diverse sources and to analyse these from different perspectives. This starts with Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labrynth’ as an introduction before going on to look at:

Intro to film aesthetics and techniques in European and Global cinema: studying the films 'Victoria' and 'City of God'.

Classical and new Hollywood auteurs: Directors on the brink through the films 'Lady of Shanghai' and 'Apocalypse Now'.

Contemporary American Cinema: ideology and Spectatorship in the gritty 'No Country for Old Men' and the Indie masterpiece 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'.

Narrative and ideology in British cinema through the classic film 'Trainspotting' and the surreal contemporary Sci-Fi 'Under the Skin'.

An exploration of critical debates in cinema such the concepts of realism and creationism, and the film theories of filmmakers themselves: explored through the documentary '20,000 days on earth', and studying early cinema forms such as: surrealism, expressionism, poetic realism and constructivism. Focusing on Murnau’s 'Sunrise'.

Finally, considering experimental and Hong Kong cinema with Wong Kar-Wai’s 'Fallen Angels'.

This is a broad examination of a wide variety of classic and contemporary cinema from mainstream cinema to US Indie, British, European and Global cinema that will broaden your perspective on what cinema is, and what a film can be?

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have five GCSEs at grades A* - C / 9-4 including level 4 or above in English.


Assessment is through project work and written examinations. From 2017 written exams will make up 70% of the final grade whilst 30% is coursework and involves completing either a Short film or Screenplay.


The A Level in Film Studies is useful for anyone wishing to take an arts or humanities subject at degree level.

Career Progression

Successful students could go on to careers writing about or making films.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop

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