A level Film Studies

A level Film Studies

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A level Film Studies

A level Film Studies at Leeds City College is a challenging but very enjoyable course that will develop your appreciation and understanding of film as both the dominant art form of the 20th Century, and as a commercial business.

There are specialised facilities equipped with industry standard resources and a suite of Apple-Macs for digital editing.


Duration 2 years
Study mode Full Time
Start date 02/09/2019
Campus Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus
Course code 15297-01

What you learn

There is a strong academic and analytical component to the course, requiring you to deconstruct the meaning of various film texts and explore how films create meaning for and manipulate the emotions of their audience.

There is, however, also a practical element to the course, where you will be required to plan, film and edit your own short films.  As such, the majority of the course will be delivered in specialist rooms, equipped with high specification Apple Mac computers and professional standard video-editing software.

Benefits / Skills you will develop

This course will allow you to develop various skills highly valued by both universities and potential employers, including:

  • Critical observation and analysis
  • Practical film-making
  • Cinematography & effects
  • Sound production
  • Non-linear digital editing (using industry standard software).
  • Individual and team-working.
  • Expressing sophisticated & complex points/ideas both verbally & in writing

How you will be assessed

There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment.  Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed.  The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

The course will be delivered in dedicated and well-equipped teaching rooms at Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus.  There are specialised facilities equipped with industry standard resources and a suite of Apple-Macs for digital editing.  Within our dedicated 'Sixth Form' area, students also have access to a permanently staffed 'Independent Learning Zone', where comfortable seating and a suite 60 chrome-books are provided to facilitate independent study.

Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.

In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

There are no additional entry requirements for this subject.



What's next

Many students go on from this course to study degrees in Film & Television Production, Film Studies or Media Studies.  However, Film Studies is a course which develops both analytical and creative skills, and students have also progresses to a range of other courses including journalism, American studies, art, textiles, law, business and marketing.

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