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A-level Film Studies

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,172 per year*
  • Duration of course 72 Weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

To apply for A Levels

Please choose an initial A Level you would like to apply for, then follow the on screen instructions on the online application form.  Add the names of the additional A Levels you would like to study into your personal statement, indicating why you have selected those options.

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

The first year (AS) includes: the study of the way that films convey meaning through the use of various conventions (e.g. camerawork, editing, sound, etc.) and apply these to the analysis of a variety of films. You will also study aspects of the British and Hollywood film industries (production, distribution and exhibition) and how audiences interact with these. You will also study British Film through Cultural Study of Swinging Britain 1963 to 1973 and/or Identity Study and belonging and make a historical Comparative Study of 2 American Films.

The second year (A2) includes: the study of World cinema through either Cinematic New Waves and/or Urban Stories about Power, Poverty and Conflict. You will develop your AS work through further Close Critical Film analysis. You will study Spectatorship and Documentary.

What subjects does it combine with?

This subject combines well with Communication and Culture, Media Studies and Photography.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

This course will lead you nicely into creative and media careers. If you are interested in going into film production or working in television, this would also be a good choice.

How will I learn?

A-levels are taught in the classrooms and workshops of Paddington Green Campus

How will I be assessed?

At AS you will be assessed by a piece of coursework (analysis of a film sequence (best of 2) and a Creative Project which is either an extended step outline, or a Photographed Storyboard or a short film sequence) and an end of year 3 part exam paper. At A2 you will be assessed by a piece of coursework (a Small-scale film research project and a Creative task which is either a film extract or a complete short film (which can be done in a group),a screenplay or an extended documentary step outline and includes a written analysis), and an end of year 3 part exam paper.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?

Several hours per week

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

All A-level candidates must have a minimum of Six GCSEs – and all candidates must have GCSE English and Maths at C or above.

Expected prior knowledge


English level

GCSE English Language must be a Grade B and candidates should have at least Grade B results in related subjects; eg – History, Sociology, English Literature.

Mathematics level

GCSE Maths Grade C or above.

Equipment and other costs

Students must provide their own pens, pencils and stationery, all other equipment will be provided.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.