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Film Studies at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

Film Studies utilises many of the critical skills developed through the study of English Literature and allows students to express these through a visual medium.  Students are introduced to a wide variety of films originating from diverse cultures and communities, with the aim of both enhancing their critical appreciation of such art forms as well as honing their ability to critically analyse texts.


Course content

Assessment:  70% written exam, 30% coursework.

The two-year course is divided into three components:


Component 1

• Hollywood 1930 – 1990

• American Film since 2005

• British Film since 1995


Component 2

• Global Film

• Documentary Film

• Silent Cinema

• Experimental Film


Component 3

The practical coursework elements give students the opportunity to make their own films, develop their own screenplays and storyboards whilst also requiring them to undertake research on a topic/aspect of film of their own choosing.  Film studied include:

Casablanca, Bonnie and Clyde, La La Land, Trainspotting, Pan’s Labyrinth, Amy, the films of Buster Keaton and Pulp Fiction.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 5 in both English and Maths together with an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.

Students will need to have achieved the subject-specific entry requirements, which for A Level Film Studies is Grade 5 or above in English Language or English Literture. 

Students should also have an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.




Future opportunities

Film Studies students can progress into a wide range of careers such as journalism, marketing, graphic design, film production, public relations and publishing.

Further information

Links with other courses:

English Literature, Media Studies, History, Psychology, Sociiology and Photography.

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: 25 October 2017
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