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Film Studies A-level at The Oakes College (Netherhall School)

Course description

Film Studies is a great subject for anyone who enjoys watching, producing and analysing film.

You will explore a variety of films from different periods - from the Silent Era, to the Golden Age of Hollywood, through to New Wave and Contemporary cinema. So, for example, you might compare a 1940s classic like "Casablanca" with a 1960s New Wave film such as "Bonnie and Clyde", or the Mixica "Pan's Labyrinth" and the Argentinian "Wild Tales". The course includes British, European and Global films, as well as mainstream and independent Hollywood. 

Coursework involves either making or screenwriting a short film. There is also a photo storyboard and an analysis.



Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.


The new course has two exams at the conclusion of Year 13. 

Coursework consists of screenwriting or making a short film, and writing an analysis of it.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with many other advanced level courses such as Media, Photography or English, to prepare for higher education in related courses or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to film such as working within a Film or TV crew. The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and production industries.

Further information

Contact Ms S Smiley for further information:

Delivery: Full-time

Open Evening:  16 October 2018

Application Deadline:   15 January 2019

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: 27 September 2018
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