Course Type: Full Time

AS/A Level Film Studies

  • Course Code CG60019
  • Start Date 6th September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Course title: AS/A Film Studies

Exam board detail: WJEC

Type of qualification: A Level (to be studied in conjunction with two other A Level subjects)

Delivery hours per week: 6 hours (1.5-hour lessons)


Section 1: Subject Overview

Many consider film to be the main cultural innovation 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 powerful medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.

Production work is a crucial part of this specification and is integral to learners' study of film. Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting. This is intended to enable learners to create high quality film and screenplay work as well as provide an informed filmmaker's perspective on their own study of film.


Exam- Component 1

Section A- Hollywood 1930 – 1990 (comparative study)

Learners must study and compare two Hollywood films:

Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)

Section B American Independent Film

Learners are required to study one film a Contemporary American independent film;

 Boyhood (Linklater, 2015)


Exam Component 2

Section A- British Film

Learners are required to study two recent British films;

Trainspotting (Boyle, 1996),

Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004),

Section B- European film Learners are required to study one Non-English language European film

Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, Spain, 2006)



Writing a screenplay– 30% of Qualification

An extract from a screenplay for a fictional film focusing on narrative construction of between 1200 and 1400 words based on one of the following:

The opening sequence

A climactic sequence

A sequence which portrays a crisis for a single character

A sequence which portrays a conflict between two central characters.

The screenplay must be accompanied by a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay (approximately 1½ minutes' screen time, corresponding to approximately one and a half pages of screenplay and to approximately 15 storyboard shots).


Section 2: Assessment Overview

Assessment methods include:

Frequent Topic Tests

Mock Assessments

Practical Assessments

External assessments (exams) will take place in the summer term – May/June.


Section 3: What do other students study alongside Film Studies at A Level?

Many of our students choose to study Media Studies, English Literature or Art, Craft and Design alongside Film Studies.


Section 4: What are the possible career opportunities after successful completion of this course?

You could move on to study for a degree or higher qualification in a related subject, as well as relevant employment in film industry including jobs such as video production, directing, scriptwriting, programme researcher, editor and producer amongst many more within film industry. 

Students studying the course have progressed onto a range of degree courses, including video production, film and media studies and creative writing at institutions across the country.


Section 5: How can I find out more if I have a question?


Media Studies Teacher – john.simmons@gateshead.ac.uk  

Curriculum Operations Manager - sarah.latheron@gateshead.ac.uk





An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

Average grade 6 GCSE profile (Higher entry criteria is required for anyone looking to study Maths and/or Sciences at A Level). However, if you do not meet this profile please still come to an Open Event to discuss all options with a member of the A Level Team.

Required experience

We welcome applicants without prior experience.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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