A Level Film Studies Level 3 (2021 version)

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

Film Studies enables learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of films and understand the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts. You will look at film and its key contexts (including social, cultural, political, historical and technological contexts) and understand how films generate meanings and responses. You will look at film as an aesthetic medium and learn about the different ways in which spectators respond to film.

You will study a diverse range of films from several different contexts and apply your knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to your own filmmaking and screenwriting.

Topics in Year One include: Hollywood 1930-1990; American film since 2005; British film since 1995; Non-English language European

Topics in Year Two include: Varieties of film and filmmaking; Global filmmaking perspectives

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including grade 5/C or above in English Language and English Literature. If a grade 5/C is not achieved for English Literature, then GCSE Media Studies grade 6/B or GCSE Film Studies grade 5/C is required.

Where next?

Film Studies is relevant to students wishing to follow Higher Education courses such as Film Studies or Film Production, Media, Art, Photography, Communications, Theatre, Sociology, Psychology or English. It can help prepare you for careers within the film industry and in the development of your own potential for a variety of careers. It can be taken with a variety of different subjects.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: louise.norbury@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk