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Film Studies A-Level at George Salter Academy

Course description

The A-level Film Studies course is designed to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, building on the cine-literacy learners have developed informally since childhood. Students will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection as well as developing their creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form. We also explore some of the recurring debates within film culture. These include the global dominance of Hollywood, strategies for supporting indigenous film and the significance of ‘fandom’.

Progression routes from this course

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of Film Studies or a related area through a range of higher education degree courses; progression to the next level of applied qualifications (e.g. HND); or direct entry into employment.


Unit 1: FM1 Exploring Film Form (coursework)

Unit 2: FM2 British and American Film (examination)


Internal assessment (coursework): 

40% of AS (20% of A2)

Paper raw mark total: 80

Paper UMS total: 80

External assessment (examination): 

One paper (2hrs 30mins)

60% of AS (30% of A2)

Paper raw mark total: 120

Paper UMS total: 120

Entry requirements

At least a ‘C’ at GCSE, equivalent in any art discipline or qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact George Salter Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 March 2015

Key information

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