Film Studies A Level


Examination Board: WJEC Eduqas


Who should take the course?  


Students with a keen interest in a wide range of films. Students do not have to be ‘film buffs’ to succeed on the course as it builds on what students already know - their experience as spectators, consumers and fans. 


What is the course about? 


The A Level consists of modules that cover the following areas – American and British Film, Varieties of Film and Film production.


Component 1 assesses knowledge and understanding of 6 feature films from Hollywood and the UK.


Component 2 assesses knowledge and understanding of 5 feature length films and one compilation of short films from around the world.


Component 3 assesses one production and its evaluative analysis


The essential framework for the study of all these films involves an understanding of:


  • film form and its structure
  • how film creates meaning through representation;
  • the relationship between film and spectator;
  • the social cultural and aesthetic elements of film
  • critical approaches and key debates


How is it assessed? 


Component 1    2.5 hour exam 35%


Component 2    2.5 hour exam 35%


Component 3    coursework 30% either a short film or screenplay and storyboard


Where will it take me? 


This qualification will not lead specifically into a career in Film. However, the syllabus offers students a range of highly motivated opportunities for developing transferable skills.

Higher Education courses in Film Studies and Media courses as well as a range of Humanities courses are available.