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Film Studies AS/A2 level at City and Islington College

Course description

Mad for film but want to know more? Want the opportunity to make your own film, write your own screenplay or research World Cinema? This intensive and enjoyable two-year course allows you to do all these things and more.

Course content

In your first year (AS Level), you will develop your understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of film, developing your skills of interpretation and critical analysis. You will study British and American films, both classic and contemporary.

In your second year (A2 Level), you will build on the skills developed in the AS year, studying contemporary world cinema, cinematic movements and other issues and debates. You will make your own short film or write a screenplay extract and undertake individual research into a director of your choice.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, you must achieve at least a grade B and a grade C in at least two written subjects e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Religious Studies (full course), English Language.

International students:

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment is a mixture of coursework and exams at the end of each year. Passing the first year will gain you an AS Level in Film Studies. Passing the second will gain you an A Level in Film Studies.

Future opportunities

Having completed A2 Level study, you can prepare for university entrance. At university you could take Film Theory, Film Criticism and Film History. You could also move into a range of film/video/TV production courses leading into the industry. Film Studies also complements the study of English and visual arts-based subjects such as Photography.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.