A Level

Film Studies

  • Course type

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body


  • Duration

    2 years

Introduction to Film Studies

Learn more about the wonderful world of film. Come with us on a journey and extend your ability to analyse film. You will study cinema from different countries, genres and film movements, learning how to use critical frameworks to evaluate how meaning is produced. Become confidently cine-literate with this fascinating course.

Entry requirements

  • Subject grades

    GCSE grade 6 in English Language or English Literature.

  • Required Admissions Score

    The indicative Minimum Entry Admissions Score for Film Studies is 58.

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About the Course

You will learn how to ‘read’ a film, considering cinematography, mise en scene, editing, performance and sound. You will also analyse the relationship between the text and the spectator and production contexts. The course covers texts from early cinema history, experimental film movements and contemporary cinema.

Some of the texts you will look at on the course are Vertigo, Do the Right Thing, Breathless, The Hurt Locker and Skyfall. The course also allows you to express your creativity through the production of a short film or screenplay.

2023 Film Studies A level results


40% of our students achieved A* to A


95% of our students achieved A* to B 


100% of our students achieved A* to E 

Course information

Film Studies aims to deepen your understanding and enjoyment of films through analysis of key texts. You will explore how meaning is made and study the intellectual and emotional responses created through images on screen.

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Hear from our students

It's ​the most interesting subject I've ever taken; while engaging and captivating it has also given me the creative skills to analyse society and culture.

Neil, Year 12 student

Film Studies is a truly brilliant subject. I’ve learnt so much in such a short time and the trips and opportunities have been incredible.

Ariana, Year 12 Student

Quick facts


90 year 12 and 13 students take Film Studies

4 hrs 20 mins

4 hours and 20 minutes of weekly in-class learning time

5 hrs

Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of homework for each subject, every week