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A Level Film Studies

Full-time (Further Education)

Please contact us for further information about applying for this course.

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop or Chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

Are you interested in film? Would you like to develop your interest at an advanced level? This course introduces you to a range of topics across the discipline of film studies. It prepares you for Higher Education study, and for applying your academic skills to a range of careers.

The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects. Film Studies particularly complements Media Studies, English Language or Psychology.

The course can be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.

Unit information

The focus of the course is film: the major art form of the twentieth century, and a mode of expression and exhibition which continues to evolve. The AS/A Level curriculum are designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. A variety of forms of assessment are used, with the intention of producing imaginative, active learners. The varied curriculum builds on the cineliteracy you will have developed informally since childhood. You will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. You will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection. In addition, you will be able to develop your own creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form.

Entry Criteria

Applying for A Levels? Click ‘Apply Now’ on any of the subjects you are interested in studying. You will be able to specify your other two A Level choices during the online application process.

The A Level subject grids for each campus can be found in the guides on the A Level section of the website.

In order to qualify for this course, you will need the following:

  • 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language
  • GCSE English or Welsh 1st Language grade C

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.

Progression to A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Taught theory sessions
  • Group work
  • Practical projects
  • Presentations and written reports
  • Self study of specialist topics outside of class time

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits and/or
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate
Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate is a valuable qualification which is often studied alongside your Level 3 full-time course.

The qualification is graded A*-E, carrying the equivalent UCAS points at Level 3, and equips you with transferable personal and business skills. It is highly regarded by universities and employers alike.

As part of the qualification, you will learn about Global Citizenship, Enterprise and Employability and take part in community engagement and work experience.

Essential Skills

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills

GCSE resits

This may include GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language.

Maths & Welsh/English

If you don't achieve a C or above in Maths and/ or English/Welsh, we will support you to retake these subjects as part of your study programme.


The course is assessed as follows:

  • On the AS course, students will produce two pieces of coursework. The first is a 1500-word written analysis of a film extract, exploring how miss-en-scene, performance, cinematography, editing, and/or sound construct meaning and provoke response. The second is a creative project, including creation of a step outline, storyboard or film sequence demonstrating how the micro features of film construct meaning.
  • There is also a final examination of 2½ hours, taken in June. This consists of three questions, one of which is a stimulus-response question, the other two being essay-based responses to case studies.


With this course, you can add to your qualifications, and gain UCAS points, enabling you to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions, including Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

Either immediately after the course or after Higher Education, your career options will include film industry roles, as well as positions in the media, education, publishing, and entertainment sectors.

Other details

Course type: Full-time (Further Education)

Level: 3

Programme Area:

  • International
  • AS/A-Level