This course is intense, fun and practical, teaching you the fundamental processes used in all film production. In combination with a basic understanding of film analysis, you will work on a variety of group productions to develop skills in generating and planning ideas, recording audio and video, completing editing and post-production, and engaging in critical self-analysis.
You will be treated as a filmmaker from day one, making a variety of films that challenge you to discover a voice of your own. You will attend college between three and four days a week and complete additional work at home. The two-year course is equivalent to 3x A-Levels and worth up to 168 UCAS points.
Practical film production and skills workshops are key to the teaching of this course, supported with a range of presentations and written assignments. You will work on numerous extended projects, both as an individual and in a small crew. By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge you need to push your filmmaking forward.
Over the last three years, Kendal College film students have worked on projects for Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival, Kendal Food Festival, Lakeland Climbing Centre, Lakeland Plastics, Brathay, Fix The Fells, Croppers, Lakes Alive, Queen Katherine School, South Lakes Foyer, Wheelbase and more-we have also supplied students to work on productions for the University of York and the BBC. Our learners' films have been selected at national film festivals, and we also offer a residential trip each year.
You will learn through a combination of technical demonstrations, film screenings, group and class discussions, and presentations-but mostly through practical filmmaking and working in a crew to devise ideas, meet briefs, plan, shoot and edit your films, and reflect on the final result.
You will learn a broad range of technical skills in production and post-production, including the use of different formats of High Definition cameras, achieving correct focus and exposure, competent camera movement, setting up multi-camera productions, and care for your equipment. You will develop skills in separate audio recording, including microphone placement. You will learn fundamental lighting skills, and you will use a range of grip equipment including slider, jib and Merlin Steadicam. In post-production, you will use Adobe Premiere Pro to prepare, edit and export your films.
As well as your vocational skills, you'll know how to meet a brief, research, analyse, schedule, write, present and evaluate your work, and you'll be practiced in teamwork, problem-solving and negotiating solutions.
You will be assessed on your finished films, but also the process of making those films. This will include planning documents like storyboards, shot lists and scripts; photos of you at work; screengrabs of your editing workflow; reflective evaluations of your work; presentation and research material; and written assignments. All your work goes onto a personal blog, describing the processes you've used.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main course. Those students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (or C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them. However, students will still have to achieve the stated Entry Requirements before they start the course.
You need five GCSEs Grade 4 or above, including Maths and English.
Film Production Level 2 (Merit or Distinction)
You also need to demonstrate a strong interest in filmmaking and will be expected to provide or create a short film or video sequence.
NB: Enrolment on this course is dependent on meeting the Entry Requirements stated above.
After Your Course
The Film Diploma is worth up to 168 UCAS points, equivalent to 3x A-levels, enabling you to apply for university with strong academic qualifications as well as a portfolio of filmed material. The film and television industries are notoriously difficult to get into, but this course will also give you the skills for an entry level trainee or assistant position. Another career route would be as an independent filmmaker, applying to festivals and funding bodies. There are career opportunities in associated industries such as marketing, PR, art and tourism. As well as setting up their own businesses or joining established production companies, past students have also worked as projectionists, cinema managers, marketing managers and photographers.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2021/22 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2022/23 will be updated in the Spring Term 2022. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
- Have an annual salary of less than £17,374.50
- Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/21 and are not studying at another school/college
- Are aged 19 or over on 31/08/21 and do not already have a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification
- Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship
See the Student Money pages for more information.
The fees displayed are for the 1-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.