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A Level Film Studies

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


In recent years, the Film Studies department has achieved some of the best results in the school.  In our A Level course you will study the major art from of the last hundred years, going back in time to Silent Cinema and forward into the 21st Century, stretching in scope from British and American film to non-English-language cinema in Europe and the wider world; everything you learn will fuel your creativity in the coursework module, making your own short film or screenplay.


Outline of the Course
In Year 12 students will study:
2 Hollywood films, from 1930-1960 and 1961-1990. Examples: Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958), Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967)
One US independent film post-2010. Examples: Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin, 2012)
2 recent British films. Examples: Trainspotting (Boyle, 1996), We Need to Talk about Kevin (Ramsay, 2011)
One recent European film. Examples: Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006)
Year 12 students also make a production. Either: a film extract, Or: a screenplay, plus a storyboard
In Year 13 students will study:
A second American film (modern, mainstream). Examples: Selma (Duvernay, 2014), LaLa Land (Chazelle, 2016)
A film from global cinema. Examples: House of Flying Daggers (Zhang, 2004), Wild Tales (Szifrón, 2014)
A documentary film. Examples: The Arbor (Barnard, 2010), Amy (Kapadia, 2015)
A silent film, or group of films. Examples: Strike (Eisenstein, 1924), Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)
An experimental film, or group of films. Examples: Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)
Year 13 students also make a production. Either: a short film, Or: a screenplay, plus a storyboard

How will it be delivered?


Type of Assessment



1: Varieties of Film and Film Making

Examination. Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990

Section B: American film since 2005

Section C: British film since 1995 (two films)

2 hours 30 minutes


2: Global Filmmaking Perspectives

Examination. Section A: Global film

Section B: Documentary film

Section C: Film movements – Silent cinema

Section D: Film movements – Experimental film

2 hours 30 minutes


3: Production

Either a short film or a screenplay plus storyboard

An evaluative analysis

6 weeks


2 weeks


Entry requirements

Minimum entry criteria:

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in English Language

May be accepted on the course: 6 in English Language

Your next steps...

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Media or English, to prepare for higher education in related courses or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to film such as working within a Film or TV Crew. The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and production industries. This qualification may form part of the entry requirements for progression to higher education or employment.


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