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Film Studies: A Level

course specification

H409 (new draft specification for first teaching September 2017)

exam board



  • Introduction to Key Concepts of Media Studies
  • Paper 1a preparation – Unseen Analysis/Construction of Representation across media industries for variety of audiences (TV, Print, Online)
  • Paper 2a preparation – Changing Media Platforms (eg: magazines, radio, film) case studies, comparisons
  • Paper 2b preparation – Evolving Media forms (case studies: music videos and video games)
  • Paper 2c preparation – Long form TV drama (case studies – US/UK mainstream production/non English speaking production)
  • NEA (Non examined assessment) – Introduction to research and planning
  • NEA (Non examined assessment) – Practical media construction/production
  • Paper 1b preparation – evaluation of NEA production through theoretical framework
  • Revision of all Paper 1 and Paper 2 units

entry criteria

  • Level 4 or above in English
  • Minimum 5 A* - C at GCSE
  • Recommended: Grade C or above in Art, Drama, DT and Maths


  • 2 exams
  • Paper 1 (30%)
  • Paper 2 (40%)

1 Non examined assessment

  • NEA (30%)

trips & Visits

  • British Film Institution – study days
  • Media Magazine Conference
  • SKY visit
  • BFI film workshops (subject to application)

higher education

Entry to University with good grades

Excellent preparation for Higher Education courses


Media, Education, Business, Psychology, Law, Advertising, Marketing, Journalism, creative subjects, social sciences.


Media (all forms: games, TV, Radio, online, publishing, film production, journalism, distribution, advertising and marketing etc.)



Law (company, media, entertainment and publishing)

New media – digital, online, social and other forms of new business

Apprenticeships in Media (SKY FAST FORWARD SCHEME)

Which teachers should I talk to about this subject?

Mr Holloway