A Level in Film Studies

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2023


The A level in Film Studies is for anyone with an interest in gaining a greater understanding of the impact of the moving image on society, studying a range of films from America, the UK and across the rest of the world.

The course concentrates on film analysis, comparing and contrasting films from different eras and industries. A creative component also assesses your ability to put your ideas into practice.

What will I do?

In your first year of the A level in Film Studies, you will study AS. This can be a standalone qualification. In your second year, you will study A2 and together with your AS qualification they will gain your A level qualification.

During the A Level in Film Studies, you will be assessed through four written examinations and coursework.

At AS Level you will take two papers, and at A2 Level you will take two papers and two pieces of coursework.

Paper 1.
American and British Film.

Paper 2.
Varieties of Film.

Paper 3.

You will have a Personal Tutor to help guide and support your learning. Information on study skills and access to study support groups is available if required.

The entry qualifications for the A level in Film Studies are five GCSEs at grades 5 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) including English at grade 6 or above (Old GCSE grade B or above).

The A level in Film Studies will take you two years to complete. You will attend college for a minimum of four days a week.

The A level in Film Studies is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost: £2225
Year 1, AS Level - £811.
Year 2, A Level - £1414.

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701 or email your query to

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the first day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £27,295 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

You will take your AS exam at the end of Year One. If you do not wish to continue with the subject you will have an AS qualification. Otherwise, if you choose to continue into the A2 second year and gain your full A-level qualification at the end of the two year.

Formal assessment takes place through coursework and exams. During the two years, you will be assessed through two, two 1/2 hour written examinations, worth 35% each, and a non-exam assessment, which is worth 30%.

Film Studies is designed to increase your analytical and written skills and is therefore particularly relevant for those who want to progress to Higher Education studying Film or a related subject (such as Media, English and Communications or American Studies).

There are no specific costs but students may be asked to contribute towards educational visits and other activities.

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

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