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Film Studies — A Level

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Course ID: 172561

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

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What to expect from the course

A Level Film Studies explores different approaches to film, including textual, theoretical, historical and critical approaches. It also explores our role as the spectator and the psychology behind audience response. We study an exciting range of diverse films of different national and cultural backgrounds.

What does the course involve?

- The language of Film and how it influences the audience
- The different components of film; what we see, hear and the way film represents the real world
- How these components work upon us as spectators and how our responses differ according to; who we are, where we are and what we seek from a film.
- The British, Hollywood and World Cinema industries, mainstream and independent cinema, historical and modern cinema.
- Who produces films, how they are funded, how they are created, how we get to see them and how we are convinced that we want to see them at all through marketing.

We will look at a diverse range of films. We study films from classic Hollywood cinema starring screen icons such as Jimmy Stewart & Kim Novak, to new Hollywood, with challenging films from directors such as Guillermo Del Toro and Quentin Tarantino. We also study Independent Cinema, World Cinema and case studies on British Cinema and Silent Cinema.

The films selected for study (subject to change) are as follows:

Component 1: Section A Hollywood (1930-1990)
Vertigo (Hitchcock:1958)
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (Forman:1975)

Component 1: Section B American Film Since 2005
La La Land (Chazelle: 2016)
Captain Fantastic (Ross: 2015)

Component 1: Section C British Film Since 1995
Trainspotting (Boyle:1996)
This is England (Meadows:2006)

Component 2: Section A Global Film
Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro: 2006)
City of God (Mereilles: 2002)

Component 2: Section B Documentary Film
Amy (Kapadia: 2015)

Component 2: Section C Film Movements – Silent Film
Buster Keaton (1920-1922)

Component 2: Section C Film Movements – Experimental Film
Pulp Fiction (Tarantino:1994)

A Level Film Studies is a two-year course and you will be formally assessed in your second year through a combination of exam and NEA (Non-exam assessment). NEA is worth 30% and is a mixture of critical analysis and creative work. There are two examinations worth 35% each at A level with a focus on the different case study films plus unseen content.


A Level Film Studies (Eduqas).

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

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The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

A qualification in Film Studies can open doors to a wide range of careers. With the increase in popularity of both Film Studies and Media studies, the foundations taught will help provide a step toward university. A good understanding of film and how films are created could lead to a range of career paths including script writing, cinematography, directing and much more.

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Entry Requirements

The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well.

You need to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, with at least two at Grade 5. These must include Maths and English.

To study this particular A level you need to achieve Grade 5 in GCSE English Language


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course, fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer.

Fee for24/25 is 500.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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