Film Studies
A Level

Awarding Body: Eduqas

Course Description

This academic course is for students who enjoy watching films but want to understand the theoretical concepts behind them. Film Studies provides an opportunity to explore this popular and specialist area of commercial art whilst also enabling you to develop valuable and transferable academic skills in: research, analysis, discussion and the construction of arguments in writing. There is also the opportunity to explore your creativity and technical skills by making your own film.

There are no additional entry requirements for this course. Please refer to the basic entry requirements.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

Film Studies offers a fascinating insight into a modern, contemporary study. You will investigate film form and response – looking at how we ‘read’ a film and what is happening between the film-maker and the audience, for example. You will also study the film industry as both a producer and supplier of films and learn how to analyse audiences. You will study film theory, such as the concept of ‘the auteur’ – the director as the author of a film. You will build your understanding of how film has developed over time, looking at a diverse range of films including films in black and white, films from previous eras, from the independent sector and films in other languages with subtitles (world cinema).

You will develop excellent critical analysis skills and the ability to digest argument and comment pertinently on ideas. Film Studies students are able to show analysis and evaluation of a wide range of both fact and opinion. You will also develop a knowledge and understanding of Film as an audio-visual form of creative expression and contexts of production and reception in a modern media world. Importantly you will be able to independently undertake, apply and present research into film topics.

Component 1: Varieties of film and film-making

  • Written examination: 2½ hours
  • 35% of qualification

This component assesses six feature-length films.

  • Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)
  • Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study)
  • Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study).

Component 2: Global film-making perspectives

  • Written examination: 2½ hours
  • 35% of qualification

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films (or their equivalent).

  • Section A: Global film (two-film study)
  • Section B: Documentary film.
  • Section C: Film movements – Silent cinema
  • Section D: Film movements – Experimental film (1960-2000)

Component 3: Production

  • Non-exam assessment
  • 30% of qualification

This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. Learners produce either a short film or a screenplay for a short film, plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay.

Take part in the Portsmouth College E6 Programme to enhance your A level Film Studies qualification. When moving into the competitive film industry, it is a valuable to gain some work experience. In addition to this, an employment track record would also be very beneficial for your CV. The E6 Programme will help prepare you for your next steps.

Success in A level Film Studies confirms to any university or employer your ability to analyse effectively and work to strict deadlines. It will demonstrate your ability to approach analytical tasks in a logical and effective manner. It works well with most other subjects and will certainly add strength to your overall course combination. Students who have studied A level Film Studies have progressed to university to study: Film Studies, Digital Film Making, English, Journalism, Media Studies, Business Studies, Drama, History and Law.

The final exams for A level Film Studies are in the summer of the second year of the course.