Film Studies takes both a theoretical and practical approach to this major contemporary art form. The course involves the study of British, American and World Cinema from a range of different critical approaches including narrative, genre and representation. Students will consider the significance of various movements such as surrealism and documentary in the history of film, before applying their knowledge creatively through a practical project involving screenwriting and short film-making.

What goes well with this course?

Film Studies may be combined with any subject but will combine particularly well with other essay-based subjects such as:

  • English
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Sociology
  • Politics
  • Psychology


Although not a vocational qualification, A Level FilmStudies provides a useful foundation for students wishing to study Film at a higher level or pursue a career in moving image production. 

Course Content

The course involves the study of British, American and European cinema and considers the importance of significant film movements and directors in its historical development.

This course covers:

  • Film form and narrative
  • Film history
  • Ideology and film
  • World cinema
  • Practical film production including screenwriting

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Film Studies students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • Reigate College’s Film and Media Awards evening
  • a talk by Brighton Film School about careers in the film industry
  • A Q&A with Independent British Filmmaker Tristan Lorraine from Fact not Fiction Films, following a screening of his recent film  A Dark Reflection
  • A presentation from Sound Designer Nick Harrison
  • A tour of the Warner Bros studios (Harry Potter), plus workshop on cinematography
  • A residential ‘Video School’ trip
  • A trip to New York where students had a guided tour of the Museum of the Moving Image as well a chance to see locations used in various Hollywood films
  • Various work experience opportunities

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.


This course is assessed through both written examinations (70%) and coursework (30%). The coursework involves practical production work and screenwriting.

Students produce a five minute short film using the College’s studio, digital editing suite and HD DSLR cameras.

The exam board for this A Level is OCR.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade 5 in English Language

Students will enjoy this course if they would like to:

  • Analyse and discuss films in detail
  • Make their own short films
  • Learn more about the history of film
  • Find out about different styles of film making

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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