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Film Studies A-Level at Wales High School and Business and Enterprise College with Applied Learning

Course description

Course Overview

This course is offered as a two year Linear A-Level qualification.  It offers a complimentary mix of academic study and practical film making.  Students will study films as core texts for critical analysis and learn to appreciate the craft of film making before creating their own short film.  Film Studies at Wales High School is an ideal subject for the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, highly prized by universities and employers alike, and for those students who wish to develop a creative appreciation of this art form.

Examination Board

The Examination Board for this course is WJEC / Eduqas.

Where can this lead?

The Media Studies department is recognised year on year as one of the best (and actually THE BEST for 2018) performing departments for A-Level results in this school. If you are a high achieving student (with typical 9-7 grades at GCSE Level) this subject has the potential to secure you an A*, A or B grade through our reputation as one of the top performing A-Level departments in the whole country, enabling you to apply to our most competitive universities whatever your chosen specialism as an undergraduate.

With our outstanding track record, we help students gain access to our most challenging and respected universities, college courses and employment in the Film and Media industries. Ultimately, this subject, with its focus on a research driven approach to study combined with a practical appreciation of the art form, will increase a student’s potential to stand out during the UCAS application process, interviews and the workplace through its ability to enable a student, as a young adult, to discuss and debate historical, political, socio-cultural and aesthetic aspects of the world they live in.

Many of our students do go on to study Film at university, on film production courses or through an academic route on university courses that are research driven; some students take a joint honours route combining Film with English or History, for example.

We have students who have successfully gained employment in the Film and Media industries throughout the history of this long established department. For future employment opportunities consider journalism, teaching, and a wide variety of career roles within the creative industries.

Course Breakdown

Over two years, students study:

  • 70% examination - based on the study of 11 core texts: Hollywood – classic and new; US independent film; UK film; European film; World film; Documentary; Silent film; Avante Garde film.
  • 30% practical production – through the study of a Short film compilation to enable the student to produce their own short film. Students submit individual creative work.

Entry requirements

  • A grade 5 or above is required in English.
  • Five GCSEs grade 9-5 (ideally a grade 5 or above in humanities based subjects such as History).
  • Students with lower qualification grades may be able to access the course depending on their creative abilities and an interview with the course leader.
  • Students are not required to have studied the subject at GCSE. 

Further information

Students will have open access to production and post-production facilities and can expect to be fully supported in the practical elements of the course via our Media Technician who is a practicing expert in the field of film production. The department has an enviable reputation for winning film competitions, helping the creative student to showcase their film making talents on the national and international stage. All student films are presented at the annual Media Showcase ‘Departmental Oscars’.

There is an expectation that students come to this subject with the ability to think creatively and dedicate time out of lessons to complete independent research tasks, film viewings and practical production work.

Students will be given opportunities to participate in film screenings/master classes / work experience / national and international film competitions.


For further information, please contact - Mrs C Flintoft-Howe /

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: 26 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years