Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who are passionate about film and would like to study the art of film, analyse how film works and create their own films. Students will study the analysis of films in depth in terms of how narrative and film language construct meanings and aesthetic pleasures. The course will explore ideas of film authorship and spectator response including the ideological aspects of cinema.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Would like to investigate representations and ideologies in film
  • Would like to develop an understanding of how the social and institutional context impacts on film production and spectatorship
  • Would like to generate ideas, produce scripts, storyboards and make short films
  • Would like to progress in a career in the film industry
  • Would like to study Film at higher education
  • Are interested in analysing films in relation to their artistic and technical form and explore debates about aesthetics and authorship
  • Have a genuine interest in critically engaging with a range of films

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by exams (70%) and coursework (30%). The Units are:

  • Classical and New Hollywood Cinema
  • Contemporary American Film since 2005
  • British Cinema
  • Global Film
  • European Cinema
  • Silent Cinema
  • Documentary Film
  • Experimental Cinema
  • Filmmaking
  • Screenwriting

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Aesthetic Analysis 
  • Comparison 
  • Literacy 
  • Oracy 
  • Confidence 
  • Practice 
  • Collaboration 
  • Effort 
  • Systems 
  • Ideological Debate 
  • Narrative Analysis 
  • Contextualisation 
  • Evaluative Criticism 
  • Metacognition 
  • Vision 

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Screenwriter
  • TV/Film Producer
  • Games Designer
  • Media Researcher
  • Promotions Manager
  • Media Analyst
  • E-Sports Professional
  • Web Designer
  • Social Media Content Producer
  • Marketing
  • Press

A Level

Course Leader:
Stephen Robson

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 5 in English with an average points score of 4.2 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by exams (70%) and coursework (30%).