Film Studies


Film Studies

A Level Film Studies is designed to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of film and the variety of responses films can generate. You will study a wide variety of films: in addition to British and American films (both mainstream and independent) you will also look at European and World cinema. Studies in documentary, silent film, experimental and short films will add to the breadth of your learning experience. Production work is a crucial part of this course, and you will be given the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed through your own filmmaking and screenwriting.

Course Outline

There are two examined components:
Component 1: Varieties of Film and Filmmaking
Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 – a comparative study of one film from the classical Hollywood period (eg. Vertigo) and one from the ‘New’ Hollywood period (eg. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
Section B: American film since 2005: a study of one contemporary mainstream film (eg. Inception) and one contemporary Independent film (eg. Boyhood)
Section C: British Film Since 1995: a study of two British films (eg. Trainspotting and This is England)

Component 2: Global Filmmaking Perspectives
Section A: Global Film: a study of one European Film (eg. Pan’s Labyrinth) and one Film from outside Europe (eg. City of God)
Section B: Documentary Film: study of one documentary such as Amy
Section C: Film Movements – Silent Cinema. Study of one film such as Strike
Section D: Film Movements – Experimental Film (1960-2000). Study of one film, for example Pulp Fiction

The coursework component is Component 3: Production
Students produce either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section of the screenplay.
An evaluative analysis (1600-1800 words).


Practical (30%)
Examination (70%)
Examining Board – WJEC

Special Entry Requirements

Standard A level entry requirements apply.

Prohibited Options


Career and Progression Opportunities

Film Studies can help with analytical skills required in a range of professions. Students of this subject may choose to follow a course in a similar area at degree level. Typical career paths involve filmmaking, work within digital media and animation. Current A Level students are expecting to take up Film Studies courses with both practical and theoretical.

Cost Implications

There are no specific costs involved in studying A level Film Studies, but we offer trips that will require payment for transport.

Other Information

Film Studies works well with subjects like Media Studies and English.

This information is correct for September 2019 entry.

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