Film Studies A Level (WJEC)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code F7
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twentyfirst century.

The course builds on the cineliteracy you have developed informally since childhood. You will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. You will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing your creativity and practical skills, either in audiovisual or written form.

In particular, the course explores the relationship between the film and the individual by exploring how films create meanings and produce both intellectual and emotional responses. Additionally, the aesthetic and sensory qualities of film are emphasised as integral to a study of the interaction between films and spectators.

Analysis is enabled by the application of critical approaches, as well as through creative project work. The study of film producers and audiences explores issues of production and consumption: the supply of and demand for films. Some of the recurring debates within film culture will be explored. These include the global dominance of Hollywood, strategies for supporting indigenous film and the significance of fandom.

The course will introduce you to the diverse range of film forms and film styles developed in different places throughout the history of cinema.



The course comprises of four units all of which are mandatory :

Unit Component 1 (M)

Title Varieties of film and filmmaking

Weighting 35%

Assessment Written examination (2hr 30mins)

Unit Component 2 (M)

Title Global filmmaking perspectives

Weighting 35%

Assessment Written examination (2hr 30mins)

Unit Component 3 (M)

Title Production

Weighting 30%

Assessment Non-exam assessment

How will it be delivered?

Two assessments completed externally.

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5+ in English or English literature.

Your next steps...

This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Film Studies or a related area through a range of higher education degree courses; progression to the next level of applied qualifications (e.g. HND); or direct entry into employment. In addition, the course provides a coherent, satisfying and valuable course of study.