Film Studies

Understand how societal change impacts films and make your own movie.


2 Years


Level 3

Career Sector

Creative & Digital

Available At


Start Date


Course overview

A-Level Film Studies will enable you to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film; the main cultural innovation and major art form of the 20th century.

The interaction between spectator and film is central to this course.

There is a strong emphasis on investigating how film works both as a powerful medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.

You will study a diverse range of film and explore the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historic contexts.

During the two-year course you will also have the opportunity to create your own short film.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above.
  • Grade C/4 or above in an Art & Design or Creative Media GCSE subject preferred.

Students who have not taken a GCSE in an Art & Design or Creative Media subject may present a portfolio of work to demonstrate passion, commitment and ability at an acceptable level.



What will I study?

Component 1 - Varieties of Film & Filmmaking

  • Hollywood 1930 – 1990 comparative
  • American film since 2005
  • British film since 1995

Component 2 - Global Filmmaking Perspectives

  • Global Film
  • Documentary Film
  • Film Movements (Silent/Experimental)

Component 3 – Production

  • Production, Analysis & Evaluation (developed over both years).

The course is 70% exam 30% coursework.

Trips and visits to exhibitions and galleries are a must to appreciate the historical development and contemporary trends within the film and media industry.



Why should I choose USP College?

  • Opportunity to challenge yourself by creating your own short film.
  • Our passionate teachers have award-winning industry experience (Channel 4, 4Talent Animator of The Year).

What could I do next?

  • Progress to our Higher National Diploma in Media (Broadcasting) at Palmer’s Campus.
  • Progress to study a range of design-related degrees at university.
  • Secure employment in areas such as Broadcast Engineer / Presenter, Location Manager or Researcher.


Additional costs

  • Studio fees to cover your specialist art materials.
  • Amazon Wish List to cover generic study materials — this will be given to you on your USP Welcome Day
  • Trips will cost around £30 a year—this will be paid through an online system called ParentPay.


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