Film Studies

A Level

Film Studies

Why should I study this course?

If you are contemplating a career in Film, Video, or Television, you should find this course stimulating and enjoyable.

Film Studies will give you a deeper insight into how film works in the UK and around the world and how audiences are asked/provoked to respond and think when watching films. You get the chance not just to study films and film history, but you learn how to create your own short films, create storyboards and write screenplays.

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What will I study?

You'll write various essays requiring skills of analysis, interpretation and debate. You will be able to comment on topics like Classic Hollywood cinema from 1930-1990 and American film since 2005, and British film since 1995. You will explore technology and cinema-going, cinema viewing and audiences. You will also learn practical skills to create your own film products such as storyboards, short films and screenplays. Film Studies offers you the exciting chance to spend two years watching, thinking about and perhaps even producing your own sequence of a film. You will also study World Cinema and look closely at particular films and look at issues surrounding the films you will study.

Year One Units

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films.
Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)
Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study)
Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study)

Year Two Units

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films (or their equivalent).
Section A: Global film (two-film study)
Section B: Documentary film
Section C: Film movements – Silent Cinema
Section D: Film movements – Experimental film (1960-2000)

Component 3: Production. Non-exam assessment. 30% of qualification

This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. Learners produce:
either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay
• an evaluative analysis (1600 – 1800 words).

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

Assessment is a combination of exam (70%) and coursework (30%).

What will the course prepare me for?

Film Studies and the related areas of Media Studies and Communications and Culture Studies are now well established and popular departments at most UK Universities. With this A Level you would be well-placed to apply for places on such courses.

The course also offers a chance to broaden your knowledge and skills if you are thinking about applying for a degree in English, Art, Psychology, Business or any humanities-based subject.

If your career pathway lies in Film, Video or Television, then A Level Film Studies gives you the chance to show your practical, analytical, creative and academic skills to future employers.

Private study

As an approximate guideline A level subjects require 4-5 hrs each.

What materials will I need to provide?

You will need to provide your own stationery such as paper and pens in order to make notes etc. The college provides work booklets for the course that you will use during the lessons. Also useful would be a usb memory stick to back up all work, especially your practical coursework.

How will I be taught?

A mixture of taught case studies, analysis tasks, work book completion, note taking, research assignments, presentations, film screenings, online activities and hands on work with media technology.

This course is for you if...

You are looking for a film course that looks at the theory behind how films are created and used to evoke particular responses from the audience. If you wish to build skills and knowledge in how to discuss, debate and write at length about film products. The course also allows you to learn practical skills to create your own film products such as storyboards, short films and screenplays.

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What are the course requirements?

A minimum GCSE average of 5.3, with at least 5 GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 including a grade 4 in English Language.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • an awareness and enthusiasm for watching films
  • an ability to express ideas through writing