Film Studies

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


2 Years


Level 3

Career Sector

Creative & Digital

Available At

Seevic Palmer's

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

  • Average point score* of 4.5 or above, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths
    • If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language.

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).

You will focus on 12 case study films during the course, studying the key elements of film form (cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing and sound) and analyse how film creates meaning and generates response through the key structural elements of film form

You will study the contexts of film, including social factors contemporaneous with a film’s production such as debates about ethnicity or gender; cultural, political and historical factors and relevant institutional aspects of a film’s production processes.

You will study spectator response and narrative construction. You will have an opportunity to create a short film or write your own screenplay with a reflective analysis.

The course is 70% exam 30% coursework.


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?

Its distinctive combination of academic and practical skills means that Film Studies is enthusiastically welcomed for a wide range of university courses.

Past students are currently studying not just Film, but also a huge range of degree courses, including Media and English courses at prestigious universities. There are a range of career opportunities in film, television, print and digital media.

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