Film Studies

A Level

A Level Film Studies is an academic A Level which will have you thinking critically and experiencing the world from a different perspective. In this course you will analyse a wide range of both classic and contemporary films from across the genres, considering their social and political impact. You’ll also hone your technical and creative skills, from writing for the screen to editing film content.

You’ll need no prior experience of this subject but a passion for cinema is a must!

This is a well respected A Level which will see you investigating a range of acclaimed films, building your critical thinking and understanding of how the techniques used can influence the audience. As part of this, you’ll explore a diverse range of texts and films including contemporary movies such as The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall, to classics such as Raging Bull.

Specific requirements

You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway.

For more information about the pathways, please click here.

Your learning experience

This is a dynamic and engaging subject and topics include:

  • Cinematography
  • Aesthetics
  • Editing
  • Screenwriting
  • Storyboarding
  • Mise-en-scene
  • Narrative

An enriching experience

Studying A Level Film Studies at HNC is an enriching experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests, broadening your horizons and building your cultural capital. These experiences are integral to life at HNC and will help you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the experiences our A Level Film Studies students enjoy include:

• Attending the York Aesthetica Film Festival, taking part in specialist workshops to stretch and challenge their knowledge of film and building work-based skills
• Attending cinema screenings of new and classic films
• Taking part in lunchtime enrichment opportunities such as Film Club
• Participating in inspirational and valuable guest workshops with local industry leaders and university lecturers – students this year enjoyed a guest talk with director Johannes Roberts

Enlightening opportunities

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. Our subject specialists will instil in you a love of learning, and challenge you to develop the required skills you’ll need to achieve the life-changing qualifications that will lead you to your dream career.

We have state-of-the-art facilities within the department including industry standard video editing suites. Our industry links mean that you will have the opportunity to network and build work-based skills that will help you to stand out from the crowd.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment is via examination and coursework.

Where does it lead?

A Level Film Studies is valued highly for the transferable skills it develops; it is a well-respected qualification that supports a wide range of exciting destinations and careers. Naturally, some of our students study this subject because they are interested in a career in the film making or the creative industries; however the skills developed in this A Level complement a wider academic study programme, with students progressing to a diverse range of destinations from the Humanities to the Arts.

A Level Film Studies students have recently progressed to university to study subjects such as:

  • Cinematography
  • Photography
  • Media Studies
  • Screen Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Film Studies
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Good to Know
There is absolutely no pre-requirement to have studied this subject at GCSE. Film Studies is an academic subject as it is essay based – you may enjoy subjects such as GCSE History or English. This course is valued highly by universities, as it develops a range of transferable skills, including critical thinking, cultural awareness and the ability to express your opinions clearly and concisely.
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