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Film Studies A and AS Level *Fees Payable* at DLD College

Course description

It goes without saying that A Level Film Studies revolves around films. As a student of Film Studies you will undertake a systematic study of cinema and film. Film is arguably the most influential and culturally significant art form of the present. It is certainly the only new art form produced in the Twentieth Century.

You will examine cinema in the context of its production, circulation and consumption within society. You will also look at how cinema creates meaning and communicates through images and sounds i.e. the ‘language of film’.

Course content

A Level Film Studies is taught in a well equipped environment, which includes state of the art computers specifically used for film editing and a large screen facility for watching films. A wide range of teaching methods is employed by an enthusiastic team of tutors. Much of the A level specification revolves around independent research and production work and tutors are fully experienced at guiding and encouraging such activities.

Entry requirements

You need to bring with you an enthusiasm for Film as well as an open mind and a willingness to discuss and debate in the classroom. No matter what sort of films you usually watch, we can guarantee that you will be viewing films that you would never have expected to see – and most of the time you will be more than pleasantly surprised. You should also go to the cinema as often as possible (and also watch films regularly on TV and DVD).



To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.

At the start of each academic year of study, students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall, must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.

If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.


Unit 1: Exploring Film Form

Weighting: 20% (40%)      Format: Coursework

Unit 2: British and American Film

Weighting: 30% (60%)      Format: Examination

Unit 3: Film research and Creative Projects

Weighting: 25%      Format: Coursework

Unit 4: Varieties of Film Experience

Weighting: 25%      Format: Examination

Future opportunities

There are now many Film Studies courses available at University. They tend to fall into two types -those that involve a more academic study of Film as one of the most important art forms of the last 100 years and those that will involve you in learning the art of film-making itself and possible equip you for a career in the film and/ or television world. Film can also be studied as a part of a joint degree course – for instance, many universities offer Film and English as a popular option.

That said, if you have caught the film-making bug then you will need to start knocking on doors right away.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 November 2016
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    • DLD College London is situated in the heart of London, directly opposite Westminster and Big Ben. The campus is a few minutes walk from Westminster Underground or Waterloo Station.