The Film Industry is constantly changing and capturing the world’s imagination. You will have the opportunity to analyse some of the most influential films and art pieces from past decades, exploring the world of cinema by analysing ground breaking films from past to present, such as Pulp Fiction and Trainspotting.

You will have a passion for Film as the course deals with textual, theoretical, historical and critical approaches. You will look at how Film is constructed and utilise many of the same analytical skills required by English Literature. This course also explores the role of the spectator and the psychology behind audience response. You will look at a diverse range of films from classic Hollywood cinema such as Vertigo, to new Hollywood, with challenging films from directors such as Danny Boyle and Quentin Tarantino.

Your creative and practical skills will be developed through the coursework element of the course, which will require you to create a short film or a script and storyboard. Enrichment opportunities are available which have previously included visiting film/TV sets and mentoring by industry professionals.

This course can lead to varying pathways such as academic and practical Media & Film degrees or related apprenticeships. Each year, students' work is celebrated at the Georges, an awards ceremony that highlights teamwork, creativity and passion for producing, writing or creating.

Modules may include:

British and American Film

This topic explores British and American film, studying timeless classics from Hollywood such as Blade Runner and Inception, to noteworthy British releases such as This is England.

Global filmmaking

This section has a focus on aspects such as documentary film such as Amy, and experimental films such as Pulp Fiction, analysing the construction and differences.


You will create either a short film (of your choice) or a film screenplay.

Entry requirements

  • Highly skilled teaching staff bringing creative industry experience
  • Mac-editing suites
  • Dedicated TV and Film Studio
  • Access to state of the art equipment
  • BFI workshops and residential
  • Enrichment, trips and visits including Ashton TV, annual trip to New York, Home cinema, Coronation Street studios, Harry Potter studios
  • The Georges: Awards ceremony showcases work and skills to professionals
  • Ashton Talks: Visiting Speakers from industry including the BBC, Picture Lock Productions, producer Rony Ghosh and Graphic Motion Designer Michael Pettyt

This course provides you with the opportunity to progress on to Higher Education, employment or further training. Our students have progressed to:

Media Promotional Culture and Advertising at the University of Huddersfield

English with Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett University

English Language and Linguistics at the University of Central Lancashire

Animation and Visual Effects at Falmouth College of Arts

Course Key Details

Course Type : A-Level
Exam Board : Eduqas
Pass Rate : 100%
Assessment : 70% exam 30% coursework

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