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Film Studies A Level


TITLE: WJEC Eduqas GCE A LEVEL in Film Studies


Do you enjoy watching and evaluating films? Have you ever considered how film form, such as cinematography, contributes to the reading and meaning of a film? Have you ever thought about film as a cinematic language that communicates ethical, political, social and cultural values? Film could be the course for you!

Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th Century and a major art form used to convey meaning. WJEC Eduqas Film Studies offers the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and an aesthetic medium. Students will study a range of films, spanning from British to Global film and documentaries to silent cinema. These films will encourage students to broaden their knowledge and understanding of film and the range of responses film can generate. Students will create thoughtful and critical analytical responses to film, and consider the film’s contextual influences. The course will also enable students to be creative and apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting. The staff’s approach will be to encourage students to develop individual, sensitive and imaginative responses through group discussion, small group work, independent study, whole class teaching and individual tutorials.


Three components: two by examination and one by coursework

Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking (Examination 2 ½ Hours) 35% of qualification
  • Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)
  • Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study)
  • Section C: British film since 1995 (two film study)

Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives (Examination 2 ½ hours) 35% of qualification

  • Section A: Global Film (two film study)
  • Section B: Documentary film
  • Section C: Film movements – Silent Cinema
  • Section D: Film movements – Experimental Film
Component 3: Production (Non-exam assessment) 30% of qualification
  • Produce either a short film (4-5) minutes, or screenplay for a short film plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section of the screen play.
  • Produce an evaluative analysis.


Students will be encouraged to explore a range of filmmakers and film genres to support their study during the course.


This specification provides a suitable progression to a range of higher education degree and vocational level courses or to employment. As a Film Studies student, you will be expected to engage critically with sources, communicate effectively and be creative. These are extremely transferable skills, and lend themselves to a multitude of courses in further education. Students who have continued to study Film as a higher education degree have gone on to become broadcast presenters, film directors, film/video editors, location managers, production designers for theatre/television/ film and many other creative careers.