Film Studies A Level

What will I learn?



Varieties of Film (exam): Study some of the ‘greatest’ and most important films from America and the U.K. This includes classic American films from the Golden Age of Hollywood e.g. Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo widely considered the ‘best film ever made’.  Also study New Hollywood e.g. Do the Right Thing and modern indie Hollywood e.g. Captain Fantastic. Also study classic U.K. film e.g. Trainspotting, This is England, Under the Skin. Use these to explore film form and meanings in specific institutional, social and political contexts and debates around film style and aesthetics.


Global Filmmaking Perspectives (exam): Study international cinema and films from different cultural perspectives e.g. Pan’s Labyrinth, to explore form and meanings including representations and ideology.
 30% Short Film Sequence (coursework): Script, shoot and edit a three minute sequence from a film based on a stylistic study of existing British films.


2nd Year

 35% Varieties of Film (exam):  Study contemporary American blockbuster film e.g. La La Land and develop understanding of a range of Hollywood and U.K. films in terms of narrative, spectatorship and ideology.


Global Filmmaking Perspectives (exam): Study outstanding films from different historical and national contexts e.g. Hollywood experimental Pulp Fiction, U.K. documentary The Arbor, Soviet silent propaganda classic Strike and modern South American ‘horror-comedy’ Wild Tales.  Use these to explore form and meanings, and debates around film authorship the ’real’.
 30% Short Film Sequence (coursework):Script, shoot and edit a complete five minute short film or write a screenplay and compare / evaluate this with nine existing short films.


Entry Requirements

GCSE English at grade 5 or above and a genuine interest in cinema as art.

An average GCSE points score of 3.2 or above.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 Years

How will I be assessed?



 1st Year                    The 1st year assessment is the pathway to the 2nd year. For those who complete two years, only the 2nd year assessment counts in the full A level.
 70% 2 hour written exam.
 30% Internally assessed and externally moderated coursework.


2nd Year
 35% 2 hour written exam.
 35% 2 hour written exam.
 30% Internally assessed and externally moderated coursework.

Additional Learning Opportunities

You can take part in activities including Creative Writing, Computer Graphics and Digital Recording.

Who is this course aimed at?

Film Studies is attractive to students who:

  • have a genuine interest in critically engaging with a range of films from the silent era to the present day, from different cultural perspectives and including documentary and experimental cinema
  • are interested in analysing films in relation to their artistic and technical form and explore debates about aesthetics and authorship
  • would like to investigate representations and ideologies in film
  • would like to develop an understanding of how the social and institutional context impacts on film production and spectatorship
  • would like to generate ideas, produce scripts, storyboards and make short films

What next?

Careers in the film industry are competitive, but A Level Film is a good base for many Higher Education courses and other careers, in particular Film, Media, English, Art and Literary Studies. Lots of previous students are now involved in film and media production but also use the critical and literacy skills developed on the course in  a wide range of professional careers.



  • A Level


  • Film Studies

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider