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Film Studies AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

A-level Film Studies explores the output of mainstream and independent cinema from both a creative and academic perspective, examining the key production processes from concept through to screening, as well as arming students with a serious arsenal of independent academic research skills and theoretical knowledge. A-level Film Studies will help you tell your Tarantino from Burton, it will help you craft the essential production skills you need to write and produce your own film work and will both challenge and entertain. Most of all, it will make you think.

Course content

This qualification encourages students to explore and appreciate a broad range of films in different languages and gives you the opportunity to demonstrate those understandings within practical project work. Units include:

Film History (Component 01) offers studenets opportunities to:

  • Employ textual analysis skills to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of film form in US cinema through the study of at least three set films from the Silent Era to 1990
  • Learn about two European film movements and stylistic developments and the contributions that they made to film aesthetics though the study of at least two set films.

Critical Approaches to Film (Component 02) offers students opportunities to:

  • Undertake a study of at least two set films (contemporary British and US) in terms of genre, narrative, representation and critical debates encompassing the significance of digital technologies in film, viewing conditions and Auteurism.
  • Undertake a close study of at least one set documentary film to develop a knowledge and understanding of the conventions of this style of filmmaking and the contexts that can influence it.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding within film through the comparative study of at least three set films from the following categories: Non English Language, English Language (Non-US) and US Independent.

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.


This is the non-examined assessment (NEA) component where learners will produce a short film or screenplay and an evaluation of their work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.