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Film Studies A-Level

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What is Film Studies A-Level?

Film Studies A-Level explores how the language of film has an impact on our responses, and how understanding the context of a film’s production enhances the way we think about the film itself. You will study films from America, Europe and beyond, and investigate how developments in filmmaking have affected our experiences of film viewing. You will learn in a classroom with an interactive 4K screen, have access to digital film making and editing equipment, you may even have the opportunity to visit Hollywood in Los Angeles as part of your studies.

What Will You Study?

Film Studies Reading List >

  • Classical and New Hollywood Cinema
  • Contemporary American Mainstream and Independent Film
  • Contemporary British Film
  • Global Cinema
  • Documentary
  • Silent Film
  • Experimental Film

What Next?

Many of our Film students’ progress onto university courses in related areas such as Film and Media Production, Journalism and Film Studies. Film Studies is well regarded by most universities and it has also contributed to students’ acceptance onto a range of courses. The emphasis on research, in-depth analysis and self-supported study also means that you will gain a valuable set of skills that make you attractive to employers as well as universities.

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Entry Requirements

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in English Language or English Literature.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and BTECs)? Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not, there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

Media Studies (A-Level or BTEC), English Language, English Literature, Drama & Theatre Studies, Performing Arts and Sociology.

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