A Level Film Studies

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Film Studies A Level
Code FS
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Enrich your existing appreciation and enjoyment of film.

Film Studies is a well-established academic subject which offers you the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of different films and gain confidence with a range of critical approaches. You will learn how to ‘read’ a film; consider the nature of the relationship it has with its audience and study the importance of social and institutional factors of production.

The subject lends itself to a wide range of approaches including class discussion, individual study and research as well as written analysis of essays, writing screenplays, producing storyboards and film journalism.

There will also be opportunities for cinema visits. You will be supported to develop skills of critical analysis; to examine the meanings and values contained in films, and appreciate cinema as an industry. Films we may study include Vertigo, Do the Right Thing, District 9 and The Hurt Locker.

You will develop your knowledge of film history focusing on the silent era, European experimental films and more recent movies like Skyfall and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“It’s the most interesting subject I’ve taken; while engaging and captivating, it has also given me the creative skills to analyse society and culture.” ISABELLA, Film Studies student.



Component 1
Film History
Students study at least three US set films from three periods:
  • The silent era
  • 1930—1960
  • 1961—1990.
Students also study set films from two major European film movements or stylistic developments:
Experimental film (European surrealist film)
  • German expressionism, or
  • French new wave.
Component 2
Critical Approaches to Film
Students develop knowledge and understanding of key critical approaches to film and of narrative, genre, representations and spectatorship. They must study at least one set film from each of the following categories:
  • Contemporary British
  • Contemporary US
  • Documentary
  • Non-European non-English language
  • English language (non-US)
  • US Independent.
They carry out
  • A comparative study of at least two set films (contemporary British and US)
  • A close study of at least one set documentary.
  • A themed comparative study of at least three set films from the final three categories, in terms of ideologies reflected and communicated by film.
Making Short Film
Students study one compilation of short British fiction films. They demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills through:
  • The production of a short film or a screenplay for a short film (incorporating a digitally photographed storyboard).
  • An evaluative analysis of the production in relation to professionally produced set short films.

How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or English Literature)

Minimum Entry Admissions Score applies

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