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Film Studies A-level at South Essex College

Course description

This course will give you the knowledge and skills required to go on to higher education and pursue a career in this field.

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Entry requirements

Year one:

  • British and American cinema, incorporating topics such as genre, narrative, cinematography and a focus upon a specic era of British cinema
  • two pieces of coursework are required, a formal essay and either a photographed storyboard or an extended stepoutline of an original concept

Year two:

  • world cinema as an alternative to Hollywood cinema
  • the role of spectatorship in the viewing process, with a particular emphasis on emotional response to film texts
  • a close-study of a chosen film
  • a small-scale research project on a chosen area of study (usually of a director, genre or star)
  • a screenplay


  • maths at grade four/grade C or above
  • English language at grade four/grade C or above
  • three additional GCSEs at grade C or above

Financial information

  • coursework: 80%
  • exams: 20%

Future opportunities

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment

Further information

  • go on to higher education courses at university or college, such as our BA (Hons) Television Production, Screen Media degree course
     or a Foundation Diploma Art & Design Level 4
  • find employment in the media industry including journalism, audio, TV, film, new media and advertising

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Essex College directly.

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
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