Film Studies

A Level in Film Studies

On this course you’ll analyse features, documentaries and experimental films from Britain, Hollywood and around the world, explore issues like censorship and research a film or filmmaker of your choice.

Writing screenplays, producing storyboards and shooting and editing your own films will help you develop creative and technical skills that will be invaluable for degree courses in film, TV, scriptwriting, production and a career in the media and creative industries.

You will engage critically with a range of films from Hollywood’s silent era to the present day, including documentary, shorts and experimental film. The relationship between theory and practice is explored through your own creative work such as the production of your own short film or screenplay with supporting photographic storyboard. Through the study of concepts such as narrative, genre, representations and spectatorship you will develop your critical analysis skills and understand more about how meaning is created in film

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Film A-level HF-FILMAL-D(0000)000

Havant Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics

Year One:
An introduction to the critical frameworks that underpin study of film, including both silent and non-English language texts set by the exam board.

Year Two:
In-depth exam preparation including revision of all set texts. Completion of non-examined assessment.


You’ll enjoy visits to the cinema, plus other relevant industry visits and talks from guest speakers. You’ll have the opportunity to go on a residential trip to New York and also take part in local and national live filmmaking competitions and projects.

There will be a combination of non-examined assessment (30%) and exams (70%).

This course is an invaluable stepping stone to degree courses in film, TV, scriptwriting, production and a career in the media and creative industries. Many of our Film Studies students have found work in the media and film industries

The film department has links with a local production company and regularly offers students opportunities to work on professional short films, helping to build the production skills necessary for a career in the industry. Previous productions include the dramatisation of a World War 2 teenage diary and a documentary celebrating the 40th anniversary of punk in Portsmouth. 

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