Sixth Form - Film Studies A Level (FSFC)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC202
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course is designed to deepen your understanding and appreciation of film. We study 11 different films looking at their social, cultural, political and historical contexts. Narrative structures, critical debates, filmmakers’ theories and ideologies behind the films are also explored, along with how filmmaking techniques can create different meanings for viewers.


In your first year you will study two Hollywood films, one from the Classical Hollywood period and one from the New Hollywood period. You will then study a recently-released mainstream film and an independent film. You will also study two global films to broaden your film knowledge and understanding of foreign language film.

In the second year, British Film and Documentary Film will be studied alongside film movements such as Silent Cinema and Experimental Film looking at their stylistic developments in film history 

You will study the following films during your Film Studies course:

• Amy • Beasts of the Southern Wild • Blade Runner • City of God • Pan’s Labyrinth • Selma • Strike • This is England • Trainspotting • Vertigo • Vivre Sa Vie

How will it be delivered?

Learning methods

Lessons will typically consist of film screening, lectures, discussions and essay writing.

There is a creative coursework component which allows you to create a screenplay for a short film (1,600-1,800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay. 

An evaluative analysis is to be written, reflecting on your finished product. 


Assessment is 70% examination, 30% coursework. You will also be assessed by written essays, homework, creative projects, group work, individual work and presentations.

Entry requirements

We generally ask for a GCSE point score of 5 or above to study a two-year A Level programme.

This will ideally include a 5 or above in English and Maths.

Your average GCSE score will include the Grades for all your GCSE subjects, added together, then divided by the number of subjects you’ve taken.

Please note: If you have a GCSE point score between 4 and 5 you can access certain A Level subjects.

Your next steps...

Film Studies is an excellent complementary subject to Media, English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law, History, and Art and Design. Students on the Film Studies course can progress onto a variety of film or media-related careers such as a producer, director, director of photography, editor, set designer, audio engineer, Foley artist, light technician, film critic, special effects specialist, visual effects specialist, props and wardrobe manager, location manager, teacher or screenplay writer as well as having the chance to study Film Studies/Film and Media Production at Higher Education level. Work experience opportunities such as BFI filmmaking courses, journalism and digital marketing have often been undertaken by students on this course.