Film Studies

Film Studies

What do Scorsese, Coppola and Lucas have in common? They all studied films before they started making them.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Media and Film
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Centre for the Creative Industries
  • Course Length 2 years
100% Pass rate in 2019

This course can be combined with other A Level or BTEC Certificate courses to make a full programme.

You will study an AS Level in the first year of this course.

On this course you will have the chance to study and enjoy a wide range of different types of film whilst also beginning to produce your own practical work. The course consists of deepening your appreciation of cinema and to understand films in terms of their historical, political and cultural contexts. At AS you will study contemporary Hollywood and British film and at A Level world cinema and the ‘classics’; a course for those who enjoy thinking and writing about film.

This course is ideal if you enjoy studying, watching and writing about films from different time periods alongside creating your own film based productions.

Please note, you will take an AS Level in the first year. Assessment is largely written, through both coursework essays and exams. There are also opportunities to produce your own films as part of the coursework.

We also offer Film and Video A Level in our Art and Design faculty – click here for more information.

What topics will I study?

The first year involves the study of contemporary Hollywood and British Cinema, including the ways in which films create meaning, provoke audience response and deal with social, cultural and political issues. There is also a focus on the industries that produce these films and the audiences who consume them.

Detailed Breakdown
FM1 – Exploring Film Form (Coursework: 40%)
– Written Analysis of a film extract (1500 words)
– Creative Project (storyboard, step outline or film sequence) and Reflective Analysis (750 words)

FM2 – British and American Film (2.5 hour written exam: 60%)
Section A – Producers and Audiences; Section B – British Film Topics; Section C – US Comparative Study

The second year involves studying a wider range of cinematic styles, including World Cinema, non-fiction films and classic films. It provides more sophisticated critical approaches for understanding how films construct meaning, as well as developing an appreciation of the history and diversity of film.

Detailed Breakdown
FM3 – Film Research and Creative Projects (Coursework: 50%)
– Small Scale Research Project (2000 words approx.)
– Creative Project (screenplay, step outline or film sequence) and Evaluation of (1000 words)

FM4 – Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates (2.75 hour written exam)
Section A – World Cinema Topics; Section B – Spectatorship Topics; Section C – Single Film Critical Study

You will:

  • Deepen your appreciation of cinema and understanding of the historical, political and cultural context of films
  • Study contemporary Hollywood and British film, world cinema and the ‘classics’
  • Have the opportunity to go on the New York media trip
  • Critically analyse film extracts
  • Develop your own screenplays
  • Use industry standard equipment, including HD equipment and Final Cut Pro

This course goes well in combination with Media Studies, Humanities courses, Art and Design courses and Languages (including English).

Next steps: You could progress onto university level study in film/media theoretical or practical courses or you may wish to consider Exeter College’s Film and TV Production Foundation Degree.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: Eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language and Maths).

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: A keen interest in different kinds of film.


You will have access to a learning resource centre and state of the art HD cameras and Final Cut Pro.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources.

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