Film Studies (A Level)


Introduction to Course

Film Studies is an academic discipline; a subject that not only studies the creative and artistic form of film but also considers film through a theoretical and critical lens.  The A Level course looks at the historical development of the film industry, allowing students to engage with films from early silent cinema to 1930s Hollywood films to contemporary and experimental cinema.  Through the study of this medium, students will analyse a total of eleven films, producing analytical and evaluative essays on elements of spectatorship, representation, ideology, aesthetics and film theory.  Students will also have the opportunity to apply their learning creatively to produce an original short film screenplay.  

Exam Board/Specification



  • 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 will prepare you for many job roles in the creative sector. 

Job areas where this subject might be particularly beneficial: Acting, Art Director, Broadcast Engineering, Broadcast Journalism,  Production Design, Television Camera Operator and Television Floor Manager.  In addition, the skills and knowledge that you gain from an analytical study of Film will prepare you for a broad range of careers such as:  Marketing, Advertising, Screen writer, Video Game Designer, Arts Officer or a career in Education amongst others. 

Y12 Curriculum Map Film Studies

Y13 Curriculum Map Film Studies