Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Film Studies

AS / A2 Film Studies

Student Matthew Appleyard wins Royal Television Society Film award with Film Studies coursework - click here to read about it.

Pictured from left: BBC presenter Chris Jackson, Festival Director Tony Edwards, Hartlepol student Matt Appleyard and Graeme Thompson, chair of RTS North East and the Border Centre. Picture credit: 2 Tone Photography Ltd.

Course Content

This course aims to extend students’ understanding of all aspects of Film. Whether you are interested in Hollywood blockbusters or World Cinema, this course will offer new cinematic experiences.

At AS level, you will be introduced to the key ideas and terminology of Film Studies, through your coursework, which will comprise a written analysis of a sequence from a film of your choice, along with a creative project, which involves making an extract of a film in a small group. The exam in the summer involves three elements: a study of the film industry and its audience, particularly through the analysis of source material such as posters and websites, a study involving examining national and regional identity by analysing contemporary British films and a comparison of two American films from different historical periods.

At A2 the coursework involves a mixture of individual work: a research project built around a film of your choice and group work: making a 5 minute film. For the A2 exam, you study Spectatorship and emotional response in film viewing, an aspect of World Cinema such as Urban stories, and finally a detailed case study of a single film.


Students will sit one exam at the end of each year and complete two pieces of coursework from a range of briefs.


The majority of students who intend on studying film into higher education tend to study the following courses:

The following institutions have been popular choices for students studying film further:

Students have found employment in media production in a range of roles such as film making, advertising and marketing.