Film Studies A-level

If you are interested in film, Film Studies enables you to develop creative and analytical skills whilst learning a series of technical skills.

You can create your own films and delve into creative writing.

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study a wide range of concepts and areas of film including all aspects of the film industry, the role of both audiences and producers, how films generate meaning, the micro-elements of film including cinematography and editing and film as social documents reflecting the times in which they are made.

The films studied include Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958), Blade Runner (R. Scott, 1982), Under the Skin (J. Glazer, 2013), Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin, 2012) and Moon (D. Jones, 2009).

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Component 1 – American film
    External assessment exam 90 minutes (35%)
  • Component 2 – European film
    External assessment exam 90 minutes (35%)
  • Component 3 – Production
    Internal assessment
  • Coursework
    Film production (30%)

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

Film and TV Production degrees, employment in TV and Film industries and specialist training in all technical disciplines.

What qualification will I gain?

EDUQAS A-level Film Studies (A670QS).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:46