Film Studies

Course Overview

Film is one of the main cultural innovations 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. This A Level course offers learners the chance to analyse a range of films, both as an art and as an industry. Students also get the chance to develop their practical and creative skills when they work on their own original short films. Students will also undertake peer mentoring within the practical element.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4, including Maths, with at least two at grade 6, and a minimum of grade 5 in English.


This A Level course is a great starting point for students wishing to embark on a University Course, or employment within the Film Industry. During the course, students will develop practical skills such as filming and editing, as well as the analytical toolset to move into creative and academic fields involved with film production, research and journalism.


Course Outline

Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking
Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)
American film since 2005 (two-film study)
British film since 1995 (two-film study).

Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives
Global film
Documentary film
Film movements – Silent cinema
Film movements – Experimental film (1960-2000).

Component 3: Production
Either a short film or a screenplay for a short film plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay

Planned Trips & Guest Speakers
Trips to Birmingham City University for practical film skills days. Trips to independent cinema for film screening and industry lectures.

Two exams (2.5 hours each) 70% Coursework in the form of a short film or screenplay 30%.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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