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Film Studies AS & A Level at NewVIc

Course description

If you enjoy films and want to develop your understanding and appreciation of them, this is the subject for you. You will focus on how films create meaning and how audiences understand them. You will also get the opportunity to carry out case studies on various Hollywood, British and world cinema stars, directors and genres, and in your second year produce a practical piece of film based on your studies

Course content

The course will focus on:

  • the process of film-making, from finance to production and marketing
  • creating meaning through camera work, editing, music and lighting
  • the film industry including such as Hollywood and British cinema
  • the history of film
  • world cinema
On the course you will:
  • work on case studies about film-making, campaigns and fan websites
  • create original film concepts and preproduction material
  • produce a short film including planning, shooting and editing
  • make a piece of film
  • watch study and analyse a variety of films
  • carry out a research project on your favourite chosen star or director

Entry requirements

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5).


This subject is assessed by examinations and coursework, including a practical film-making project.

Future opportunities

This subject can lead to a wide range of degree programmes in Film Studies, Media Studies, Scriptwriting, Film and Television Production or any other Humanities-based degree. Many universities and employers have noted the value of this subject for the analytical skills that students develop during their course of study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NewVIc directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.