Film, IBO Higher Level Certificate (level 3)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code Fm
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a two year course: Higher Level is the equivalent of one A level and Standard Level is the equivalent of one half A level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level, IB and vocational).

If taken in one of the following three combinations, then students will be enrolled on the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP).

  • One vocational course + two Higher Level IB courses.
  • One vocational course + one A level + two IB courses at any level.
  • Two vocational courses + two IB courses at any level.

Completing the IBCP will allow students to gain extra UCAS points through the reflective project.


Syllabus components:

Unit 1: Textual analysis (external assessment)
This is a coursework unit, completed over four weeks in class. Students are shown three films from a variety of countries and must select a five-minute section of one of these. They will then write a 1,750 word analysis of this scene.

Unit 2: Film theory and history (external assessment)
A comparative study of films and film-making traditions from more than one country. Students create a video essay, comparing two films of their choice that are either separated by time or geography.

Unit 3: Production Portfolio
Throughout the year, students experiment within three film-making roles (direction, cinematography, sound, screen-writing and editing). This is assembled into a portfolio to show their development as a filmmaker and their understanding of the roles.

Unit 4: Final Film - Collaborative Project (HL only)

Students work in small groups to create a complete short film (7 minutes long). They will each take on one of the production roles and reflect on their work and their contribution.

How will it be delivered?

75% internal assessment, 25% external assessment.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English language or literature.

Your next steps...

The IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway) is globally recognised and accepted by universities around the world. Some competitive university courses ask for specific IB subjects to have been studied as part of the Baccalaureate programme of study. We recommend that you research current grade requirements for that subject on and filter for the International Baccalaureate. 

IBO Certificates at Higher Level are the equivalent of one A level. An IBO Certificate at Standard Level is the equivalent of half an A level. They attract UCAS points and a table that compares it with A level grades can be found on our website by clicking here

The IB film course has a strong focus on understanding careers within the film industry including cinematographers, directors, editors, screenwriters and sound designers. With further study, careers include those within the film industry and other technical careers such as social media marketing.