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Film Studies A-Level at Baxter College

Course description

The Film Studies course followed at Wolverley is interesting, entertaining and challenging. It builds on skills learnt at GCSE including research, analysis and critical thinking, and exploration/interpretation of how film constructs meaning and can influence us in the modern world. The development of skills during lessons encourages independent thinking using academic conventions and this makes Film Studies an ideal complement to other subjects. 

Content Units of Study

Students make use of a wide variety of film texts; the ones studied range from popular, well known films to short, exploratory moving image texts. Critical texts are also used both from within the English Department and the Learning Centre to learn about film theory. 

Year 12 

FM1 Moderated coursework - 40% AS, 20% A level: Exploring Film Form 

  • One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of 
  • candidate\'s choice produce meanings and responses 
  • One creative project based on a film sequence or short film 

FM2 2.5hr external examination - 60% AS, 30% A level: British and American Film 
Three questions, one from each section: 

  • Section A: Response to stimulus material set by Awarding Body based on 
  • producers and audiences of film 
  • Section B: Topics in British Film 
  • Section C: US Film - Comparative study of two films 

Year 13 

FM3 Moderated coursework - 25% A level: Film Research and Creative Projects 

  • A small-scale research project 
  • Creative project 

FM4 2.75hr external examination - 25% A level: Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates 
Three questions, one from each section: 

  • Section A: World Cinema topics 
  • Section B: Spectatorship topics 
  • Section C: Single Film - Critical Study 


The A-level course is recognised by most universities as an academic subject which may be used to gain access to a degree course in Film Studies, or other English related courses such as Journalism or Media. It is also recognised as a supplement to other A-level subjects in application for degree courses in other subject areas. Students could go on to study courses as wide ranging as law, business studies, shoe design and art courses.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Grade A* - C 

Preferably 5 A*-C grades in all subjects. 
An interest in a variety of film texts and the film industry

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Baxter College directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years