North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

Cotham and Redland Green Learning Communities

Film Studies (linear)

Awarding Body


A Level

50% examination, 50% coursework (subject to change)

Minimum requirement for entry onto the course

NBP16C level 3 entry requirements including grade 4 in English Language preferably a 5.

Why should I follow this course?

If you have a passion for films and really want to understand how they create meaning for an audience then this is the course for you. You will study the history of cinema and the ways that the film industry works in the US and the UK. You will learn what we mean by ‘the language of film’, the techniques such as cinematography, mise-en-scene and editing that enable directors to entertain, educate or exploit their audiences. You will also have the opportunity to develop some practical film making experience by producing storyboards and a short film.

What will I learn?

AS level

  • Exploring film form
  • British and American film

A level

  • Film research and creative projects
  • Varieties of film experience: issues and debates

What learning and teaching methods will be used?

You will learn through a variety of practical workshops and demonstrations. Teaching methods range from film screenings followed by whole class and group discussions, to students giving individual presentations on case studies. You will be supported through the practical modules by expert staff. You will be expected to attend screenings of particular films relevant to either the American or British film industry at certain times throughout the course and there may be the opportunity to participate in a film and media studies trip to London.

What can I do with my qualification?

Film studies is both a practical and highly academic A level, which is respected by both higher education institutions and employers alike. It is sound preparation for industry-based practical courses and degrees in the arts. 

What minimum qualifications will I need?

NBP16C level 3 entry requirements including level 5 in GCSE English language.

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