A-level Film Studies

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If you enjoy films and want to develop your understanding and appreciation of them, this is the subject for you. You will focus on how films create meaning and how audiences understand them. You will also get the opportunity to carry out case studies on various Hollywood, British and world cinema stars, directors and genres, and in your second year produce a practical piece of film, based on your studies.

Course type

A-level (AS and A2)

Course length

AS-level: one year
A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

The AS-level course will focus on:

  • the process of film-making, from finance to production and marketing
  • creating meaning through camera work, editing, music and lighting
  • the film industry including such as Hollywood and British cinema
  • the history of film
  • world cinema

On the course you will:

  • work on case studies about film-making, campaigns and fan websites
  • create original film concepts and preproduction material
  • produce a short film including planning, shooting and editing
  • make a piece of film
  • watch study and analyse a variety of films
  • carry out a research project on your favourite chosen star or director

Method of assessment

This subject is assessed by examinations and coursework, including a practical film-making project.

What will I be able to progress to?

This subject can lead to a wide range of degree programmes in film studies, media studies, scriptwriting, film and television production or any other humanitiesbased degree. Many universities and employers have noted the value of this subject for the analytical skills that students develop during their course of study.