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A Level Film Studies

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Course outline

Film is so much more than Saturday afternoon at the multiplex. Films give us a window into historical events, culture and changes in society from the early 20th century right up to today.

Who are the prominent film-makers of the last 100 years, what was their motivation and can we still see their influence today? Are films purely for entertainment or are they made to tell us something about ourselves or the world around us? You’ll find the answers to all these questions and more if you study this course.

You will study this course alongside 2 or 3 other A Levels and you will be able to select your chosen subjects when you apply online.

Film is a major art form of the 21st century, and this course provides deeper understanding and enjoyment of a variety of films through practical work, analysis and the study of critical approaches to film.

In year 1 you’ll focus on learning how the language and techniques of film making such as editing, camera or cinematography, lighting, sound, performance/costume and setting are used to create meaning. This is done through studying conventional Hollywood and British film genres and their production alongside a practical portfolio that allows you to create pieces such as a storyboard, script or even a short film.

The second year is more far reaching in its scope as you’ll begin to use the skills and knowledge gained in the first year to analyse examples of film from World Cinema, Experimental Film and recent contemporary classics such as Fight Club.

How to apply for this course

It is no longer possible to start this course this academic year.

You will be able to apply for September 2021 soon.

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Location Date
Chaucer Street

Start: 8th September 2020

A Level Programme (2 years)

Course code: C000450 / Q000519


A Level Film Studies


2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements
  • To study 3 A Levels you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above.
  • To study 4 A Levels you’ll need at least 6 GCSE’s at grades 9-6 (A*-C) including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above.

Applicants with predicted GCSE grades 1 or 2 points below the entry requirement for an A Level:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements for either 1 or 2 of your chosen A Level subject choices, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer. We advise that you think about a second choice of course as a back-up plan. You can meet with us for a supportive, friendly and impartial discussion to look at other courses that Nottingham College has to offer. For more information contact High Pavement Sixth Form admissions by telephone on 0115 9100 100 or email at

Applicants who choose 4 subjects but only have the entry requirements to study 3:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements to study 4 A Level subjects, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer for all 4. At your ‘Get Ready for College’ day you will undertake tasters in your subjects and at this point you can discuss your options with subject staff at the event, to help you finalise your subject choices. Final A Level choices however will be made at enrolment in August when your GCSE results are confirmed.


You’ll undertake assessments and examinations and create a portfolio of work.


You could progress to a related higher education course such as media studies, film production, history, teaching, humanities, social sciences or film production.

There are lots of careers open to you such as TV production assistant, video editor, film producer, runner, music video director or production manager.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding!

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