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Film Studies - AS Level at Chichester College

Course description

Film Studies A-level is a lively and academic subject that allows you to develop your enjoyment of films through learning about and applying some of the key critical and academic approaches to studying films. You will develop your skills in reading and analysing films, study how contemporary film industries operate and consider how film can be used as a medium for the communication of messages and to generate meanings for audiences.

Course content

The first year focuses on British & American cinema. You will be taught how to identify the formal elements of films, micro features (camera work, sound etc.) and analyse how these provoke audience responses. You will also learn about two important film concepts, genre and narrative, and why these are important to audiences' understanding of films. You will also be taught about the British and American film industries and important issues that have affected these industries, the types of films that get produced and how they're marketed. Finally, you will study films from a specific British film genre and conduct a comparative study of two US films to gain understanding of how these films communicate messages about people, places and issues. The second year further develops your understanding of film through studying world cinema topics, spectatorship issues and applying different critical approaches to film in a case study. 

Lessons usually consist of a mixture of teacher input and lecturing, class discussions, group work and class debates. A range and variety of learning materials and resources are used during lessons to engage you and encourage debate about the films and topics being studied. In class assessments and activities take a variety of forms, including Q&A, written assessments (such as essay and past exam questions) and individual or group presentations. 

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English language to be accepted onto the Film Studies A-level .


Assessment is divided between two items of coursework, an analysis of a film sequence and a creative project, and one exam. 

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website
Students are encouraged to put aside some money (£20 approx) to buy
DVDs of the case study films. Film Studies textbooks are available for
students to buy and are available in the college's library.


Future opportunities

The course equips you with the skills required to study a range of
university courses, as well as practical and theoretical skills
required for work within the industry.

Further information

Lessons take place in one of the college's lecture theatres, which is
equipped with a state of the art bluray player and projector and state of
the art surround sound, offering you the best possible conditions in which
to watch films and replicate the cinema experience.
Enrichment trips are offered during the year including cinema visits and a
trip to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour to see many of the actual props
and scenery used in the films.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 March 2016
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    • Chichester is our main campus; right in the heart of the city, with lovely views of the Cathedral, across beautiful areas of parkland. Although relatively small, Chichester still has all the entertainment facilities you’d expect from much larger cities, such as cinemas, a leisure/sports centre, swimming pool, golf courses, a bowling alley, sports clubs, galle