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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


Studying Film at A Level enables students  to embrace film as both an art form and  a medium of communication and to study  and enjoy a diverse range of films.

You will engage with film’s broad, cultural and historical heritage and gain an understanding of how meaning has been created through film from the silent era to the present day. You will explore historic European film movements that helped shape film making in the 20th century; how film represents different cultures and societies, and ideologies that shape film,  and that are shaped by film.

Students will learn about production processes, technologies and the significance of both viewing conditions to the spectator and the digital in film. They will be able to apply academic and theoretical knowledge into their own production of a short fiction or experimental film or screenplay and produce an evaluation of their production. 


Students are introduced to a wide variety of films in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of film and the range of responses films can generate. This specification offers opportunities to study mainstream and independent American and British films from the past and the present as well as more recent global films, both non-English language and English language.

Students learn to apply critical approaches to a diverse range of film, including documentary, film from the silent era, experimental film and short film. They will be able to apply knowledge and understanding of film through either their own filmmaking or screenwriting. 

There are two components that are externally assessed and one coursework component, that is assessed by the centre and externally moderated.

Component 1 - Film History

• Film form in US cinema from the Silent  Era to 1990

• European cinema history

Assessment: Two hour examination - 35%  of A Level

Component 2 - Critical Approaches to Film

• Contemporary British and US Film

• Documentary

• Ideology

Assessment: Two hour examination - 35%  of A Level 

Component 3 - Making a short film

Students will be required to produce either an individual short film (fictional or experimental) or an equivalent screenplay with a digitally photographed storyboard (20% of A Level). Students will carry out an evaluation of their production in relation to the set short films they have studied in preparation for their production (10% of A Level).

This is a coursework component, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated, representing 30% of the marks for the A Level. 

How will it be delivered?

A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities. 

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language and English Literature grade 6 or above

Your next steps...

Film Studies A Level can lead to opportunities to study film both as practical and theoretical courses in higher education at university  or college.

The film and related industries are significant employers both in the UK and internationally so this A Level is ideal for any career in those industries.


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