Film Studies A Level

Course Description

Welcome to Film studies! Here you will join a network of likeminded film enthusiasts and film makers. In class you will engage with many different types of film and will become aware of the industry as a business including different types of marketing strategies, film finance and issues of spectatorship. You will develop excellent analytical skills and be able to confidently write academic essays on topics such as ‘Masculinity in British Cinema’ and ‘Representations of ethnicity in Hollywood’. As well as developing your academic skills, film studies offers you the chance to get creative and write, direct and produce a short film. This cultivates an impressive set of employability skills as you take a creative idea and see it through to the end. Many of our students go on to study or work in the creative industries which is one of the largest growth industries in the UK.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

Film Studies gives you an opportunity to learn about American, British and world Cinema. It will involve the study of film form, editing, cinema audiences, historical and cultural values, and film production. You will have opportunities to visit film and TV studios. You will also learn about production values and the messages being communicated, how films are marketed and advertised, distributed and screened. This may involve exploring print and film adverts, articles, blogs, celebrity appearances as well as other marketing strategies. The course aims to develop your interests and appreciation of film and cinema. Personal and academic skills will also be developed by the study of film.
The subjects in the department will develop a creative approach to study, an ability to work both as an individual and in groups, and will develop confidence in your own ability to communicate in a variety of social, business and commercial situations, as well as analyse a wide variety of media and social contexts.

Future students would benefit from researching the following auteur styles in preparation for the course: Shane Meadows, Edgar Wright and Michael Curtiz.


Component 1: Varieties of film and film making, written examination (35% of qualification).
Component 2: Global film making perspectives, written examination (35% of qualification).
Component 3: Production, assessment (30% of qualification).

Enrichment and Work Experience

We offer a variety of enrichment including the Film Club and extra-curricular activities over the course of the year – recent trips have included excursions to Manchester, visits to London, Paris and Los Angeles to explore institutions such as the Harry Potter experience, Universal Studios and the Hollywood Dream. Our staff will help and encourage you to obtain work experience within the local media industry, we have links with: Bolton FM; Media City; Chief Productions; Bolton News; BBC.

Additional Information

To support your studies, you will be required to purchase relevant materials as outlined below: Essential Kit: SD card 16GB minimum: SD card reader for coursework production. There is the opportunity to complete a one week work placement in the summer term.

Links with other subjects:
Film Studies can be taken with almost any combination of other subjects, including: English Language, English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Business Studies, Film Studies, and Media Studies. Most Film students’ progress to Higher Education and the professions.

Future Career Opportunities

The diverse range of skills developed on the course equips you for a wide range of careers. Former students have progressed into journalism, marketing, advertising, law, business management, teaching, BBC, and ITV.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

Outstanding results year on year for film studies and this is because we aim to bring a variety of teaching methods for you to get the most out of your programme of study. The teachers are examiners and therefore have a fantastic insight into how to achieve successful outcomes.