Film Studies


This two year course examines how films are put together, how cinema functions as a business and how you can identify messages in films that you watch. You will also study micro features of film, such as mise-en-scène, performance, cinematography, editing and sound.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Film maker, journalist, writer and teacher.

Film, journalism, creative writing and teaching.

Topics you'll cover


  • Hollywood 1930-1990
  • American film since 2005
  • British film since 1995.


  • Global film
  • Documentary film
  • Film movements - silent cinema
  • Film movements - experimental film (1960 – 2000)
  • Production: either a short film or a screenplay plus a digitally photographed storyboard.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Exam (70% of final grade)
  • Coursework (30% of final grade)
  • Exam board: WJEC / EDUQAS
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at four and above, including English.

What students say about the course

"Film studies has enabled me to develop my analytical and research skills and to enhance my practical skills behind the camera. I enjoyed world cinema the most because it introduced me to areas of film that I’d never thought to look at and connected me with different countries as well as significant movements of cinema, which have had an impact upon film history. We also worked on a small scale research project, which will definitely help with my university applications!"

Elsie Stuart, previously at St Anne’s Catholic School


Additional information


Film students have opportunities to watch lectures by industry professionals and go to independent cinemas for film screenings.


You may be expected to pay a course fee each year to cover the cost of materials and equipment.

A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.

If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.