A Level: Film Studies


Program Description

Film Studies A Level

You will deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, from the early 20th century to the present day. You will also look at how the industry works. Film Studies is a subject that you will be able to combine effectively with any other mix of subjects. In watching a wide range of films, you will develop skills of observation, critical analysis, personal reflection, practical film making skills and writing skills which are highly valued by universities and employers. Film Studies is a subject for students who take real pleasure in films and film-making.

Course Content

Four units are examined, two for the AS and two more for the full A Level. This A Level provides a thorough foundation in the subject. You will examine areas such as film-making techniques, British film, world cinema and independent cinema. The emphasis in the first year is on exploring how film stories are told and how the industry works. In the second year, you will study further texts and the emphasis will be on looking at different genres and exploring different ways of producing and reading film texts, both within and beyond Hollywood. You will broaden and develop your intellectual skills in this subject. You will learn how to communicate clearly and write fluently, and you will discuss and watch a variety of films, covering various genres. You will be encouraged to participate in active debate about the texts and to develop an appreciation of alternative critical views.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a minimum of 38 points average GCSE score, Mathematics and English Language at grades A*- C plus at least three other GCSEs from our specified range of GCSE subjects. Applicants also require a satisfactory reference.

International Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.5, High School Certificate Grade C or above (or equivalent).

Duration and Delivery

The A Level qualification is a full time course achieved over a two year period. In the first year you study the AS modules and in the second year you will study the A2 modules. The year begins in September and runs through to the beginning of July.


A Levels can lead to exciting opportunities in Higher Education and some practical aspects of the course are good preparation for the workplace.

Additional Information

You will want to have your own copies of set texts in order to write your own notes and comments on them - the cost is modest. You will also have the opportunity to take part in cinema visits and conferences that we know will enrich your enjoyment of Film Studies. The Exam Board is WJEC. The specification is Film Studies 2181/3181.

This course is delivered at our Kingston Hall Road centre.

Last updated February 2018

About the School

The College offers both academic and vocational courses from Levels 1 to 6 and provides students with a friendly, stimulating environment for study.

The College offers both academic and vocational courses from Levels 1 to 6 and provides students with a friendly, stimulating environment for study. Read less
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