Film studies

If you consider yourself to be a creative thinker and are interested in film analysis and film creation, then this is the course for you!

People who excel on this course have a real enthusiasm for film and lots of the topics covered are applicable to many different parts of life. Just like texts you may read in subjects such as English literature, the topics covered and media covered in media studies are major contributing factors to shaping and defining modern cultures and entertainment which makes studying this topic is both interesting and informative. This course can open doors in journalism, TV production, advertising, PR, publishing and perhaps even film production. 

Why study film studies?

A level film studies encourages learners to examine films critically and analytically, developing their understanding of what makes ‘great’ film and recognising how past masters have helped shape this progressive medium. It is both a practical and creative course so you will have the opportunity to consider the cultural and artistic impact of important works, whilst using this knowledge to help you inform your own productions.


A level film studies

Awarding body


Entry requirements

Pass in English and Maths, 5 or more grades at 5+ (this can include English and maths), if film or media have been studied at KS4 then a grade 6 is required.

Course content

This course is split into three components;

American Film – Hollywood since the 1960s and Contemporary American Independent film

European Film – A comparative study of a British film produced between 1930-1960 and a more recent choice and an exploration of non-English language European film.

Film Production – An assessment and evaluative analysis into a screenplay or extract from a film which highlights narrative construction.

Year 12

In Year 12 students will learn to study the media in context, gaining a broader and deeper understanding of the media’s role in society, culture, politics and the economy. Students will look at the usefulness of critical ideas about the media and at academic theories and subject specific terminology. Media language, media representation, media industries and media audience will be taught within Year 12.

Year 13

During Year 13 students will consolidate and embed learning from year 12 in preparation for their examinations. Students will also complete a non-exam coursework assessment comprising of 30 hours of work.


One 1200-1400 word assessment of a production/screenplay or film snippet (2 and a half to 3 and a half minutes maximum) with an accompanying digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay as well as an Evaluative Analysis comprising of 1000-1250 words of the production in comparison with other professionally produced films or screenplays. A written exam will also take place at the end of Year 13.