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Film Studies (A-level)

Would you like to learn more about the film industry while developing your skills in analysing mainstream and alternative films? Students will learn about the production, distribution, and exhibition of films as well as get an opportunity to make their own films.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: A Levels
School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Joseph Wright Centre

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Course Information for Students

Would you like to develop your skills in analysing mainstream and alternative films while discovering more about all aspects of the film industry?  This course covers production, distribution and exhibition of films and there are opportunities for you to try your hand at film-making.

If you are interested in studying A-level Film Studies, you may also be interested in our additional pathways, UAL Level 3 Creative Media Moving Image and Audio Production or UAL Level 3 Creative Digital Multi Media. All A-level applicants are encouraged to research alternative pathways before accepting their offer to study A-levels

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

  • Exploring Film Form (coursework)
  • British and American Film (examination)
  • Film Research and Creative Project (coursework)
  • Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates (examination)

This course will be delivered on-site at the Joseph Wright Centre.

This course requires additional study of films so there may be cinema ticket or streaming costs.

For AS Level there are two units – one examination and one coursework unit. The exam is worth 60% and the coursework unit is worth 40% of the final marks.

For the A2 qualification there are two further units – one examination and the coursework unit.  Each of these units is worth 50% of the final marks.

Progression to A2 Level is available to those who achieve a grade D or above at AS Level.

Upon successful completion of the course, you can consider a wide range of film and media-related degree courses in higher education as well as film and media-related careers, with options including journalism, broadcasting, photography and TV production.

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Arts Officers, Producers and Directors


Arts Officers, Producers and Directors

Photographers, Audio-visual and Broadcasting Equipment Operators


Photographers, Audio-visual and Broadcasting Equipment Operators

Archivists, Conservators and Curators


Archivists, Conservators and Curators

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 23, 2023 4:17 pm