Film A Level


Film takes both a theoretical and practical approach to this major contemporary art form. Students will learn about aspects of film form through close analysis of a variety of films from different eras, directors and film movements.  This knowledge will then underpin their technical and creative development as filmmakers. Assessment is through written exam and practically assessed coursework for which students produce a complete five minute short film or screenplay.

Take a look at some students' recent creations in the Media & Film Video Gallery and see the photographs from the recent trip to the Warner Bros studios (Harry Potter) and the Film and Media visit to Farnbrough College.

What goes well with this course?

Film may be combined with any subject but will combine particularly well with other essay based and/or creative subjects such as:

  • English
  • History
  • Media
  • Performing Arts
  • Art & Design (Fine Art)
  • Sociology
  • Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Photography


Although not a vocational qualification, A Level Film 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

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

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:

  • 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

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

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


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, or alternatively they can produce a screenplay for a short film of the same length.

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 4 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 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

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

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level Film information leaflet.

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