Film Studies

A Level

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This is an exciting, unique course designed to deepen understanding and appreciation of film as an art form. By exploring several aspects of filmmaking, such as language, messages and form and content, students will develop their critical thinking and analytical skills.

While the course is predominantly theory-based, there are opportunities to develop storyboarding and screenwriting skills – vital for any budding Scorseses.

Over the course, you’ll apply your knowledge to the Hollywood and British film industries as well as explore key periods of film history.

The coursework encourages you to explore a topic of your choice, developing and honing your research and presentation skills, both of which are invaluable in the workplace or academia. Many students progress to degrees in Film, Media and TV Production, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies or Multimedia or to employment in the creative industry.

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Film Studies, A Level HSDC-SD-AP2FIS

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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By exam at the end of the course and submission of a portfolio of coursework.

On this course you will study:

Year 1:

  • Hollywood – audiences and producers
  • The swinging sixties
  • Comparative US film study

We will also look in detail at comparing two American films from different periods, focusing on such things as production contexts, narrative, genre and themes.

The coursework is split in two parts: creative and theoretical. You will write an essay deconstructing a small sequence of a film of your choice and create a storyboard or step outline for a new film.

Year 2:

In the second year you will build on the skills already gained. You will look closely at cinema that creates an emotional response and the surrounding issues and debates. You will also learn to appreciate documentary and consider the way society is depicted through world cinema.

In the second year you are expected to research an area of film that you are interested in and present your findings.

By exam at the end of the course and submission of a portfolio of coursework.

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My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

My experience at South Downs has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student


A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to higher education or appropriate employment. Many film studies students have found work in the media and film industries.

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