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Film Studies A Level at Upton Hall F C J

Course description

The course aims to develop the students’ interest in and enthusiasm for the study of film and the film industry. They will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing creative and practical skills.

Entry requirements

A minimum of grade C in both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature and a love of cinema. This is an advanced and challenging course and students must be motivated and prepared to take on considerable reading, writing as well as viewing workload.



1. Exploring Film Form
2. British and American Film:
3. Section A: Producers and audiences of film
4. Section B: Topics in British Film
5. Section C: US Film - Comparative study of two films


1. Film Research and Creative Projects
2. Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates:
Section A: World Cinema
Section B: Spectatorship
Section C: Single Film - Critical Study

Future opportunities

Numerous trips including visiting the Learning Lighthouse and FACT cinema. Students are encouraged to enter their films in regional and national competitions sponsored by the prestigious British Film Institute. Film Studies is a subject that by its nature requires candidates to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. A number of our past students have gone on to study film and film production at college and university with the intention of working in the film industry. Other pupils have progressed into a wide range of higher education courses and careers including teaching, media, drama, history and politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Upton Hall F C J directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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      From the M53 Northbound: Leave M53 at Junction 2. Continue straight on at the roundabout onto the Upton by-pass (A5027). At the next roundabout turn left onto Old Greasby Road. Take the second turning on the left into Saughall Massie Lane.

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