Film Studies
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2020
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

Film studies is an excellent choice as part of an A Level study programme, as it enables you to develop the essential analytical, observational and critical skills that many universities look for in applicants. You will explore how film works as a culturally significant medium, both in terms of representation and aesthetics. The course offers the opportunity to study both mainstream contemporary American and British film, as well as more challenging films from the silent era and non-European cinema.

What will I learn?

You will develop an appreciation of the historical development of film traditions and styles, from the birth of film to the emerging digital future. There will also be fascinating studies on documentary and experimental film. Production is a crucial part of the Film Studies course, and your knowledge of film will inform your filmmaking and screenwriting project, in which you will produce a high quality short film or screenplay, to help further deepen your understanding of film construction and the filmmaking process.

How will the course be assessed?

Unit 1: Coursework
Unit 2: Examination
Unit 3: Coursework
Unit 4: Examination


You will be offered a range of extracurricular activities, including trips and visits. Details of the cost of these will be provided as they are planned.


We have Apple Mac suites with industry standard software for editing and motion graphics. We also have touchscreen TVs, a green screen, DSLR cameras and hold film screenings in our College theatre!

Progression and Careers

The analytical skills gained in this A Level are transferable to and valued by many degree programmes. Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities including the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield, the University of Glasgow, the University of Salford and King’s College, London.

They are reading degree programmes such as Contemporary Film and Video, Broadcast Journalism, Information Technology for the Creative Industries, Television Production, Television, Radio and Media, Culture and Society, as well as English Literature and History and Publishing.

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