Film Studies (A Level)


Introduction to Course

Many consider film to be the main cultural innovation of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a powerful medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.

Exam Board/Specification


Entry Requirements

  • Grade 5 in English Language
  • Grade 5 in English Literature


  • Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking
  • Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives
  • Component 3: Production


  • Component 1: Written examination: 2½ hours. 35% of qualification
  • Component 2: Written examination: 2½ hours. 35% of qualification.
  • Component 3: Production. Non-exam assessment. 30% of qualification

Progression Routes

An A Level in Film Studies provides a real foundation for:

  • The study of Film Studies or related areas in a range of higher education degree courses
  • Progression to the next level of applied qualifications (e.g. HND)
  • Direct entry into employment.