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Film Studies A Level at Sheffield College

Course description

About the course

Film Studies is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century.

You will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection.

You will have the ability to develop your creativity and practical skills, by storyboarding and developing films either in audio-visual or written form.

In your first year you will attend production and theory classes, as follows:

Production: Exploring Film Form 

• One research project based on an analysis of a chosen extract from a film of your choice.  You will explore how meaning and responses are produced through an analysis of one or more of the following aspects of film language: cinematography, editing, sound, mise-en-scene and performance.

• One creative project – a digital storyboard based on a film sequence or short film.

Theory: British and American Film
Producers and Audiences of film
Topics in British Film
US Film

In your second year you will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of world cinema, film genre and audiences.

In your production session you will undertake research into film and develop a creative production based on your work.

Will this subject suit me?

You will enjoy this course if you are a creative and curious student interested in developing your knowledge of cinema, learning about how the industry works and how films are made. In the first year you will have the opportunity to produce a digital storyboard and a production, and in year 2 you will create a script or produce a film (in a group) aimed at a specific audience.

Personal study time

A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons.  Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self-directed research as well. Students will receive effective feedback, guidance and help from their tutors.

What students say about this subject

"Studying film language has really helped to develop my critical understanding and appreciation of film."

"I loved the creative project. Whilst it was challenging and at times frustrating, I was really pleased with my completed storyboard."

"The teachers were friendly and enthusiastic; making the subject come to life ... and they were very supportive."

"I really enjoyed the theory sessions ... they were fun but also intellectually very challenging."


Entry requirements

To study 3  A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

To study 4 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language and Maths




This course is assessed through coursework and exams each year.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Film Studies can be studied at university degree level and may lead to careers in the media, including television and radio, journalism, teaching, publishing, advertising, law, business, computing and design. It is a respected subject in its own right, but it is an excellent complement to A Level English, Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law, History and Art and Design.

Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 25th October 2018, 4pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018, 4pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4pm-7pm
  • Monday 4th March 2019, 4pm-7pm


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: 15 May 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: CRENA1