GCE A Level Film Studies

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Code WJEC: 2181 AS 3181 A2
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


Film Studies is designed to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and a cultural form still of great significance at the beginning of the new millennium.

The specification works out of the cine-literacy learners have developed informally since childhood. Students will study cinema as a medium, as an art form and as a social and economic institution.

By taking A-Level Film Studies you will gain an insight into films, with an emphasis on analysing and developing a personal response to the range of films and film excerpts watched. Our aim is that you will go beyond simply watching and enjoying films and move on to develop a critical understanding of how films use a wide variety of methods to create meaning.

     You will be encouraged to use your own examples throughout the course, and will examine mise-en-scene and performance; cinematography; sound; narrative and narration; genre; and the technical terms and ideas associated with the study of film.

     As part of the course you will study a range of films from around the globe spanning almost a century. There will also be the requirement to produce either a short film, or screenplay, to a brief provided by the examination board. Here, you display the understanding of film that you have developed through textual analysis.


Film Studies aims to develop students’ interest in and appreciation and knowledge of film, specifically through studying:

  • the way film as an audio-visual form of creative expression   constructs meaning, provokes varieties of spectator response and raises   issues of personal, social, cultural, political and ethical significance;
  • the film’s producers and audiences – the relationship between the production and consumption of films, with particular reference to Hollywood and British film; World film and Documentary are studied at A2;
  • the analysis of film, together with subject specialist language, and to introduce students to creative and production skills.

How will it be delivered?

Final examinations.   Ongoing internal assessments take place regularly through the course.

Paper 1

Component 1 – Varieties of film and filmmaking

Section A: Hollywood 1930 – 1990 (comparative study) 40 marks

Section B: American film since 2005 (two film study) 40 marks

Section C: British film since 1995 (two film study) 40 marks

Paper 2

Component 2 – Global filmmaking perspectives

Section A: Global Film (two film study) 40 marks

Section B: Documentary Film 20 marks                                                    

Section C: Film Movements – Silent Cinema 20 marks Section D: Film Movements – Experimental Film (1960 – 2000) 20 marks

Paper 3

Component 3 – Production

Non-exam assessment

Option 2: Screenplay (& 20 frame digital storyboard) 40 marks

Evaluative Analysis (1600-1800 words) 20 marks

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 including grade 6 in both English Language and Literature.

Your next steps...

As a course of study, Film Studies will provide a strong base for progression to undergraduate study in Film Theory, Film Criticism and Film History. With its emphasis on visual storytelling and response it extends areas of experience covered by literature and art history specifications. With its emphasis on textual study and analysis, as well as on institutional and cultural contexts,
it complements vocational courses. 

Possible degree courses from 156 providers in the UK: Digital Film and Television Production. Film Production Technology, Animation, Costume for Theatre and Screen, Specialist hair and Media Make-up, Film Technology and Visual Effects, Scriptwriting for Stage, Screen and Gaming, Film Production and Cinematography.

Possible careers in film, and associated areas, is almost unlimited. Study the end credits of any film to see the scope and variety of careers on offer. Cinematography, lighting, sound, special effects, scriptwriting, make-up, editing, etc