Film Studies

A Level

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

Havant Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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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

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. 

I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. The college is really good and supportive.

Natasha Boerer, BTEC student

College has been the best two years of my education. All my teachers were great and amazing, and I think they were the most helpful they could have been.

Megan Capaldi-Tallon, A Level student

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

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