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A Level Film Studies at Boston Spa Academy

Course description


Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language Grade 4/5



Component 1: Varieties of film and film making

An exploration of six feature length films covering various periods and contexts:

Hollywood 1930 – 1990

American film since 2005

British film since 1995

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

35% of qualification

Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives

A study of five feature length films from different areas:

Global film

Documentary Film

Silent Cinema

Experimental Film

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

35% of qualification

Component 3: Production

An individual production of either a short film (4 - 5 minutes) or a screenplay (1600 – 1800 words) with digitally produced storyboard along with an evaluative analysis (1600 – 1800 words)

Non exam assessment

30% of qualification


Financial information

some printing costs and purchase of media texts

Future opportunities


Higher Education Progression:

A Level Film Studies is useful for all Media and Communication, Film Studies, Film Journalism and Broadcasting degrees.

Career Opportunities:

Film and television production, broadcast engineer, broadcast presenter, art director, marketing executive and a range of other media arts based careers.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 January 2018
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