Film Studies A-level

2 years
South Sefton Campus

Course Details

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.

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).

If you intend to study a programme of three A-level subjects or two A-level subjects and one BTEC Extended Certificate subject:

  • You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including English Language and Maths. If you haven’t achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, there may be an opportunity to re-sit this alongside your other subjects. 

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.

EDUQAS A-level Film Studies (A670QS)
  • 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%)
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
Film and TV Production degrees, employment in TV and Film industries and specialist training in all technical disciplines.

University Guarantee

Every Hugh Baird College student who successfuly achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

As an A-level student you will be based at our South Sefton Campus. This is a multi-million pound campus for dedicated to A-levels and was opened in 2009.

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at South Sefton Campus. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.