Year 12

What is the Film Studies Course at A level about?

The year 12 pages are currently being updated

The full exam board A-Level Specification can be found here


Basically, the A level is designed to enable you to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. By the end of the AS year, you should be able to understand how we as an audience ‘read’ a film, often without realising that we are doing so.

The course will also look at film as a medium, an art form and as a social and ideological construct. You will be engaging with a variety of different kinds of film and, with the intention of developing your skills of critical analysis.

A Level Film Studies will cover the following areas

Component 1 – Varieties of film and filmmaking Exam assessment Section A: Hollywood 1930 – 1990 (comparative study) 40 marks

Section B: American film since 2005 (two film study)

40 marks

Component 2 – Global filmmaking perspectives Exam assessment Section A: Global Film (two film study)40 marks Section B: Documentary Film 20 marks

Component 3 – Production Coursework assessment

Option 1: Short Film OR Option 2: Screenplay (& 20 frame digital storyboard) 40 marks Evaluative Analysis (1600-1800 words) 20 marks  Introduction: Film Aesthetics

Click on the head-spinning wood spirits to go to the Film Aesthetics page

Component 1 – Varieties of film and filmmakingSection A: Hollywood 1930 – 1990


Click on the right eye to go to the Vertigo page                Click on the left eye to go to the Blade Runner page

Section B: American film since 2005


   Click on the woman for the La La Land page                  Click on the girl for the Beasts of the Southern Wild page

Component 2 – Global filmmaking perspectives

Section A: Global Film


Click on the fantasy god for the Pan’s Labyrinth page       Click on the murderous child for the City of God page

Section B: Documentary Film

Click on the driving pop stars for the 20,000 Days on Earth page

Component 3 – Production

Click on the doorkey dinnertime for the short film page

Click on the biplane attack to go to the Creative Project page