Film Studies


The A Level specification in Film Studies is designed to deepen students understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twenty-first century. 

The specification builds on the cineliteracy learners have developed informally since childhood. They will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form. A variety of forms of assessment are used, with the intention of producing imaginative, active learners. 

Careers in journalism, television, radio, advertising, music industry and of course film itself. 


Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking. Six feature-length films will be studied for this component. 

Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990 (comparative study) Two Hollywood films will be studied for comparison 

Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study) 

Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study) 

Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives. Five feature-length films (or their equivalent) will be studied for this component. 

Section A: Global film (two-film study) 

Section B: Documentary film 

Section C: Film movements - Silent cinema 

Section D: Film movements - Experimental film 

One examination each on Component 1 and Component 2, each 2 hours 45 minutes long and counting for 35% each of total grade. 

One non-exam component of own film or screenplay worth 30% of final grade. 


Grade 4 or preferably higher in Media Studies, Film Studies or English Literature.