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Film Studies - A Level at Pendleton Sixth Form College

Course description

When you watch a film you are subjected to a range of hidden techniques and messages that can manipulate how you think or feel.  You will be taught by specialist staff  that use their extensive resources and skills to uncover the meaning of films, as well as helping you create a film of your own.  This course is ideal for anyone who loves watching movies/and or wants to work in the creative industries.

Course content

You will study three exam modules:

  • Elements of film: An exploration into the film styles techniques that create meanings in a film
  • Film history: A study of a range of different Hollywood films from the silent era, the studio era and the modern independent era. We also look at significant movements in European cinema
  • Critical approaches to film: An examination of how a British film, a US film and a foreign film explore the same themes

During the course you also look at modern documentary film.

In total, you will study a minimum of 12 films which may include Jurassic World, The General, Moonrise Kingdom, Man on Wire, The Babadook, Singin' in the Rain, The Hurt Locker and Metropolis

Your coursework portfolio moudule will include:

  • Making a short film:  You can either film and edit your own short film, or you can write a screenplay for a short film which requires you to photograph significant sections to demonstrate how the script would look. Both projects require you to be creative, confident and organished.

Entry requirements

You would be expected to have 3 GCSE grades B and 3 GCSE grades C.


70% of the A Level qualification wil be assessed through examination and 30% will be assessed through coursework.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who are an EU citizen.

Future opportunities

Film studies develops your research and analytical skills.  You will gain a sound knowledge of popular and world cinema. Many students have gone on to study film production and media at university, but it is a suitable A Level to support an application onto any Higher Education course.

Further information

You will have a mentor who ensures your training fits your requirements and offers the skills needed for the job

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2018
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