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Film Studies


Film Studies is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the 20th Century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the 21st Century.

Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have achieved at least a grade 5 or C in GCSE Film Studies, if taken, or a similar subject.

Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking

Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990 (comparative study)

Section B: American film since 2005

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


Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives

Section A: Global film (two-film study)

Section B: Documentary film

Section C: Film movements - Silent cinema

Section D: Film movements - Experimental film (1960-2000)


Component 3: Production:

Practical coursework of either a short film or a screenplay and accompanying digital story board, as well as a written evaluation.


Core study areas include key elements of film form (Cinematography, Editing, Sound and Mise-en-scene), meaning and responses from spectators, and the contexts of film.

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

Cinema trips or visits


Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking Written examination: 2½ hours (35%)

Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives Written examination: 2½ hours (35%)

Component 3: Production Non-exam assessment (30%)

Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)

Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)

Captain Fantastic (Ross, 2015)

WJEC Eduqas Film Studies for A Level & AS by Cheshire et al.

A Level Film Studies will not automatically offer a career in film, TV or journalism. Practical work experience is often the way forward, usually starting as a runner or getting involved with other local film makers, production companies to build a portfolio of work and industry contacts. Students wishing to pursue a career in film/media industry are encouraged to seek out work experience placements. Past students have gained work experience on ITV crime drama Vera and the 2012 film The Liability, both of which were shot locally. At university level you have a choice of courses, some with a theory bias and others providing more practical training for working in the media.

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