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Film Studies

A level

Films help us to make sense of our world, to better understand people and ourselves. Film is a window to other worlds and as such you will learn the language of filmmaking to help you understand how these worlds are created. During your two years of study, you will explore twelve case study films, involving screenings and in-depth scene analysis. Close study topics will include Silent Cinema, Film Noir, French New Wave, Surrealism, Ideology, Auteur cinema, US and British Contemporary film and Documentary.

Expand your knowledge and understanding of the significance of film in national, global, social and historical contexts. You will develop written and verbal communication skills by analysing films using concepts such as narrative, genre, aesthetics, spectatorship and theoretical debates.

Take a seat in the director’s chair with our A level Film Studies course. You’ll have a practical approach to film, producing your own individual short film. Write, direct and edit your own original film while ‘employing’ crew members to assist with sound and cinematography duties.

Course Content

This course aims to expand your knowledge and understanding of the
significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical context. You will investigate and explore various critical frameworks and debates.
You will explore how film generates meanings and responses as well as the ways in which spectators respond to film.

Year 1

You will study a combination of film texts from British, American, and European Cinema. You will be introduced to various film movements and eras in order to understand film from an historical perspective. You will look at influential  styles such as French New Wave, Realism and Silent Cinema, which have had a lasting effect on the types of films made today.

Year 2

There will be the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of film through a practical filmmaking project during which you will develop your evaluative skills in relation to your coursework productions, drawing comparisons between your own product and professionally produced films.


  • 70% Exam
  • 30% Coursework
  • Exam Board: OCR

Special Features

Recent visits and trips in Film Studies have included the Arts Students took part in the Watersprite Film Festival both virtually and in person, including their Creative Futures Day in collaboration with BBC Three. We regularly attend online events with industry professionals.

Long Road holds its annual Film Studies Conference with leading film academics who talk about their specialist subject areas and also what it is like to study film at their respective universities.

Film Studies at Long Road also has its very own magazine, The Long Lens, which has three issues a year. It is run by students and features a range of articles written by film students, staff and other Long Road students. This is a great opportunity to have your work published.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature or Language.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE Film Studies or GCSE Media Studies if taken

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

Some examples of degrees taken by students who recently completed their studies with us are…

  • Film and Moving Image Production at Norwich University of the Arts,
  • Digital Media at Portsmouth University,
  • Film at Southampton University,
  • Film Production at Arts University Bournemouth,
  • Film and Television at Lincoln University
  • Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia.
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