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Film Studies A Level

Film can be argued to be the major art and cultural form of the twentieth century and of great significance at the beginning of the new millennium. 'Cineliteracy' is something you have been developing since childhood. The A level film studies is designed to deepen the way you understand, appreciate and enjoy film, building on your existing knowledge and interest.


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


Exam Board: Eduqas



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  • What will I study and learn?

    You will study cinema as a medium, as an art form and as a social and economic institution. You will look at a wide range of films and styles and develop skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection through film viewing, discussion, classroom activities, student presentations and your own research. In particular you will explore the relationship between the film 'text' and the spectator using different critical approaches. These include genre and authorship, how messages and values are inscribed in films as well as issues of production and consumption, censorship and culture.

  • How is the course assessed?

    A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme.

    At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You should possess good written English, essay writing and note taking skills. You should be interested in films, as well as critical and analytical writing and discussion.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum Requirements - average point score of 5.5 including GCSE English Language at grade 5.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    Taken in conjunction with other A Levels, Film Studies provides a strong base for progression to undergraduate studies in film theory, film criticism and film history as well as humanities, cultural and media studies and art. It relates to careers in journalism, research, the media and media related industries.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.


    You can find A Level course fees for adults on our A Level page. 

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