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Film AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

Film takes both a theoretical and practical approach to this major contemporary art form. Students will learn about aspects of film form through close analysis of a variety of films from different eras, directors and film movements.  This knowledge will then underpin their technical and creative development as filmmakers. Assessment is through written exam and practically assessed coursework for which students produce a complete five minute short film or screenplay.

Course content

This course covers:

  • Film form and narrative
  • Film history
  • Ideology and film
  • World cinema
  • Practical film production including screenwriting

Entry requirements

Students will need 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above. Previous qualifications in Film or Media are not a requirement for this course, however as the subject is essay-based, GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above is essential.

Students will enjoy this course if they would like to:

  • analyse and discuss films in detail
  • make their own short films
  • learn more about the history of film
  • find out about different styles of film making


This course is assessed through both written examinations (70%) and coursework (30%). The coursework involves practical production work and screenwriting.

Students produce a five minute short film using the College's studio, digital editing suite and HD DSLR cameras or alternatively they can produce a screenplay for a short film of the same length.

The exam board for this A Level is WJEC

Future opportunities

Although not a vocational qualification, A Level Film provides a useful foundation for students wishing to study Film at a higher level or pursue a career in moving image production. 

Further information

Film Studies students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • a Q and A with Independent British Filmmaker Tristan Lorraine from Fact not Fiction Films, following a screening of his recent film  A Dark Reflection
  • A talk by Jo Nolan from Screen South about local funding and support for aspiring young Filmmakers
  • a presentation from Sound Designer Nick Harrison
  • a tour of the Warner Bros studios (Harry Potter), plus workshop on cinematography
  • a residential ‘Video School’ trip
  • a trip to New York where students had a guided tour of the Museum of the Moving Image as well a chance to see locations used in various Hollywood films
  • various work experience opportunities

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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