Film Studies A Level

About the Course

OCR’s A Level in Film Studies at Hall Cross has been designed to ignite a passion for film and encourage broader cultural and historical perspectives on this academic area of study. This course of study encourages learners to watch, engage critically with and explore a wide range of film; to develop and sustain confident, personal responses to film via textual analysis; and to enjoy a variety of critically acclaimed films across the major genres. These include films from different cultural perspectives, films from the Silent Era to the present day, and different forms of film, including documentary, shorts and experimental.

The OCR specification for A level in Film Studies begins with academic study of film and how meanings are made and explores the academic theory around film. We then build towards a synoptic creative production and evaluation, in which learners are offered the opportunity to engage in practical work such as the production of their own short film or screenplay.

It is our strong desire that an A Level in Film Studies should inspire learners to continue learning beyond the confines of the classroom as well as developing personal and interpersonal skills that will serve them well both in Higher Education and in the workplace.

Exam Board

OCR A level in film Studies. Examination (70%) and non-examined assessment/coursework (30%)


Please refer to our Sixth Form prospectus for entry requirements.

Course Content

Paper 1: Film History (2 hours) Paper 2: Critical approaches to Film (2 hours) Coursework: Short film or screen play with accompanying evaluative analysis.

Your Future

The course offers a qualification that prepares students with both hard and soft skills that will support higher education study. It is valued for its own merit but is also a strong option to stand alongside other subjects, developing analytical skills.