Film Studies

A Level

Film Studies is designed to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the twenty-first century.


Students will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing transferable skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form. A variety of forms of assessment are used, with the intention of producing imaginative, active learners.

You will study Hollywood Cinema, British and Global Cinema, Documentary, Experimental and Silent Cinema, during the course. You also get the chance to practice film-making skills and create your own films or screenplays as part of the assessment.

Career Path

  • Film/television/radio production
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Market Researcher
  • Video game production and design
  • Copywriting

More than just a course

The course offers an attractive combination of developing analytical and communication skills, whilst improving academic research techniques and practical skills.  Film Studies is a subject that by its nature requires candidates to consider moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues.
Unique Features

  • Offers options in screenwriting and moving image production.
  • Full Adobe CC suite available for use: Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc.
  • Allows students the freedom to choose coursework focus.
  • Key skills for university developed, such as independent research and academic essay writing.
  • Develops understanding of a wide range of cultural issues.

Entry Requirements

ADVANCED PATHWAY: The traditional A Level pathway for those who may be thinking of University, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree Apprenticeship Entry Criteria – 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, covering a wide range of subject areas. These must include English Language.

What the students say..
“Film Studies allows students like me to explore the medium with more depth and so ultimately harbour more passion for the subject. It has made me appreciate film as an art form in a substantial way.

I hope to go on to study Film at university and perhaps work in the industry one day.”
Junior Wright