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A Level Film Studies

Fancy being the next Quentin Tarantino, Lynne Ramsay, or Christopher Nolan? Studying Film could put you on the right path. Start building your lifelong relationship with film by choosing Film Studies A Level.

why choose this course?

There is so much more to Film Studies than simply watching films. When watching a film, we might regard it as relaxation or escapism. However, the in-depth study of film involves coming from a very different starting point. As well as gaining an appreciation of film as an art form in terms of its visual storytelling, studying film can enhance your understanding of the world in terms of competing values, attitudes, and beliefs. Our course also incorporates a creative production element where you will be able to put what you have learnt into practice by making a short film or writing a screenplay.

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Start date: 09/09/2024

Course code
Level 3
Truro College
2 years
A Level


creative future-proof skills

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develop transferable skills

Studying Film enables you to see the world in a different light and develop a wide range of transferable skills for further education, work, and life, including creative & critical thinking, emotional intelligence, analytical & research skills and technical competencies (e.g. film editing).

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Dedicated and creative staff

The Film & Media team are friendly, supportive, and hardworking; they offer high level pastoral, academic and technical support to help you realise your creative potential.

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Diverse and inspiring films

Study important and inspiring films from acclaimed directors such as Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Lynne Ramsay & Buster Keaton. From silent cinema to contemporary Hollywood, the films studied have great critical reputations. They are films of depth and substance which have been chosen to offer rich and interesting analysis.

what will i learn?

Film Studies is an extremely enjoyable and worthwhile subject to study but expect to be constantly challenged and excited by the course. Not only will it change the way you watch film, but more importantly it will challenge you to think in new ways and question or change your perspective on a whole host of issues, for example, representation of race or gender. Studying film allows you to understand important issues and developments within history, society, and culture, using film as the medium with which to gain a greater insight into these areas.

In addition, the development of deeper critical and creative thinking gained by studying film can enhance many different career paths and is a much sought-after transferable skill in both employment and further study.

The A Level First year will cover these topic areas:

Hollywood 1930-1990

American Independent Film

British film

European Film

Film Production

The A Level Second year will cover these topic areas:

Global Film


Silent Film

Experimental Film

Short Film

You will study the key elements of film form including cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing, sound and performance. You will also study the contexts of your chosen films and what was happening when the film was made. What can the film tell us about history and society at that time? You will study the films in terms of the representations they present or challenge. You will also explore the specialist film areas of Spectatorship & Narrative, Ideology, the Auteur and Critical Debates surrounding Film.

Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. You will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods including essay writing, presentations, timed exercises, group & pair work, tests & review meetings.

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Where will it take me?

You can progress from this A Level to a creative art or visual culture-based degree. Film Studies is valued by many universities and employers alike and is also an excellent subject to complement to many courses, such as Media, English, Psychology, Sociology, Photography, and Art and Design.

Career paths include practical avenues such as Filmmaking, Directing, Producing & Editing but a qualification in Film also allows you to move into theoretical pathways such as Film Criticism, Journalism, Teaching and Education.

Assessment Arrangements

At A Level there are 2 exams, each worth 35%, and a 30% assessment of production work. The exams are 150 minutes long and consist of answering 3 extended response questions on Component 1 and 4 extended response questions on Component 2.

There is also a creative production element which allows you to showcase the filmmaking or screenwriting skills you have developed during the course:

Short Film (video)

Short Film Screenplay (with storyboard)

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Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements are 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 including English Language or Literature at Grade 5.

Independent Study

We encourage all students to read/view widely and conduct their own research into Film, especially those who wish to study Film or Media at degree level. We expect you to actively engage with the online resources as well as course relevant textbooks, such as:

WJEC Eduqas Film Studies for A Level & AS (Illuminate Publishing 2018) by Lisa Wardle, Ellen Cheshire, Mark Ramey, Jenny Stewart

A YouTube playlist introducing you to elements of Film Language & Analysis:


Our evolving course website featuring guides, lessons & interactive resources:


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