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Film Studies A Level at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

If you enjoy watching and discussing films, Film Studies is an interesting subject which will challenge the boundaries of your understanding. You will examine the language and structure of film along with its social and industrial contexts, looking at audiences, producers, individual directors and genres, stars and studios. You will also look at the wider film industry and film franchises such as Marvel and DC.

You will analyse film screenings, scripts and screenplays and develop an understanding not only of the film making process, but also of marketing, censorship and distribution. Whilst studying cinema as a medium, an art form and a social and economic institution, you will also engage with a wide range of films from different countries and eras, developing your skills in observation, critical analysis and personal reflection.

Film Studies, as a subject, is closely related to English Literature, as you are required to analyse films in depth and develop your understanding of how film language communicates meaning. Lessons are often very discussion-based. The UK and US both have vibrant and successful industries that offer a wide range of employment opportunities from writing screenplays to production design, directing, editing, visual effects and marketing.

On this course, you will examine how production, distribution and exhibition play key roles in the success of the film business. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to explore intellectually challenging films from around the world and examine auteur theory as well as psychoanalysis, feminist and philosophical approaches to film. In both years you will have the opportunity to create your own short film, as well as write a piece on a film of your choice. A Level Film Studies develops the key skills of critical analysis and personal reflection, which are highly valued by universities. Your studies will be enriched by a range of visits to places such as film studios and study days led by eminent film writers.

Course content

Unit 1: Exploring Film Form
Unit 2: British and American Film
Unit 3: Film Research and Creative Projects
Unit 4: Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade C in Maths and English Language.


Unit 1: Coursework
Unit 2: Examination
Unit 3: Coursework
Unit 4: Examination

Future opportunities

The analytical skills gained in this A Level are transferable to and valued by many degree programmes. Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities including the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield, the University of Glasgow, the University of Salford and King’s College, London.

They are reading degree programmes such as Contemporary Film and Video, Broadcast Journalism, Information Technology for the Creative Industries, Television Production, Television, Radio and Media, Culture and Society, as well as English Literature and History and Publishing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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