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AS/A-Level Film Studies at Leeds City College

Course description

Film Studies at Leeds Sixth Form is a lot more than 'just watching films', although you will watch films throughout the year, both feature length and short, along with countless clips and sequences.

You will be gaining knowledge and understanding of how films are specifically designed and constructed to generate particular meanings and responses. You will study a diverse range of films encompassing old Hollywood, European cinema, experimental film and more. For each film studied you will not only explore the aesthetics of the medium, but also how films can manipulate the emotions through generating meanings and responses.

This knowledge is applied to the production of short films, where you will demonstrate your creative abilityand your understanding of the technical features of film making and the relationship between the film and spectator.

Course content

There is a strong academic and analytical component to the course, requiring you to deconstruct the meaning of various film texts and explore how films create meaning for and manipulate the emotions of their audience.

There is, however, also a practical element to the course, where you will be required to plan, film and edit your own short films.  As such, the majority of the course will be delivered in specialist rooms, equiped with high specification Apple Mac computers and professional standard video-editing software.

Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A-Level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A-Levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A-Level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A-Level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.

In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

There are no additional entry requirements for this subject.


There will be an inceased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment.  Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed.  The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations

Future opportunities

Many students go on from this course to study degrees in Film & Television Production, Film Studies or Media Studies.  However, Film Studies is a course which develops both analytical and creative skills, and students have also progressed to a range of other courses including journalism, american studies, art, textiles, law, business and marketing.

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: 07 November 2017
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