Film Studies A Level


Film is a major contemporary art form; A Level Film Studies builds on the knowledge that Film students have developed informally since childhood. The course includes the study of British and American cinema, and  world cinema at A Level. Students will have the opportunity to undertake practical work in both the first and second years of study, working in groups to produce their own short film or film sequences.

What goes well with this course?

Film Studies may be combined with a range of subjects particularly;

  • English
  • History
  • Business Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Music Technology
  • Photography

Film Studies can also be combined with Media Studies but please be aware that the courses have some similarities in terms of their key concepts.


Although not a vocational qualification, A Level Film Studies provides a useful foundation for students wishing to study Film at a higher level or pursue a career in the Film Industry. Alternatively students may wish to combine Film Studies with more traditional academic subjects such as English and History.

Some students have secured places with the BFI Film Academy delivered by Eastside.

Course Content

This course covers:

  • Aspects of film form - design, cinematography and editing
  • The Film industry in both the UK and US
  • Issues of representation in Film
  • World cinema
  • Documentary


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips and presentations by visiting speakers.

Recently, Film Studies students visited London cinemas as part of the BFI London Film Festival, to take part in screenings, some with Q&A sessions with the Film Makers. They have also visited The Harry Potter Studios at Levesdon to participate in a story-boarding masterclass and study the set and costume designs.


This course is assessed through both examinations and coursework. The coursework section involves written work and practical work.

The exam board for this A Level is WJEC.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade 4 in English Language

Students will enjoy this course if they would like to:

  • analyse and discuss films in detail
  • make their own short films
  • learn more about the history of film
  • find out about different styles of film making

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level in Film Studies information leaflet.

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