Film Studies – 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 the second year of study, working in groups to produce their own short film or film sequences.

Course Content

This course covers:

  • Varieties of film and filmmaking
  • Global filmmaking perspectives
  • Hollywood 1930 – 1990 (comparative study)
  • American film since 2005 (two-film study)
  • British film since 1995 (two-film study)
  • Global film (two-film study)
  • Documentary film
  • Film movements – Silent Cinema
  • Film movements – Experimental Film (1960 – 2000)

Students will enjoy this course if they would like to:

  • analyse and discuss films in detail from Britain, America and the rest of the world
  • make their own short films
  • learn more about the history of film
  • find out about different styles of film making such as experimental films and documentaries

This course is assessed through both examinations and coursework. The coursework section involves screenplay, storyboard production and evaluation.

The exam board for this A Level is WJEC.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

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.


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 other academic subjects such as English and History.

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

Entry Requirements & Assessment

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 5 in English Language


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 be combined with Media Studies as the content does not overlap.


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2022. The application form for the academic year 2022-2023 is available to complete online 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. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.



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