If you are enthusiastic about cinema and would like to develop greater understanding and appreciation of films and acquire practical skills, then this course is for you.

You will study a wide range of films, both mainstream and independent, American & British, as well as non-English language films. You will learn about a variety of film forms including silent films, short films and experimental. There is also practical coursework with students able to make either a film or write a screenplay & create a storyboard.

You will study and be assessed on the following three components, over a two-year period:

Component 1

American & British Film (Classic Hollywood; Hollywood since 1960s; Contemporary Mainstream and Independent US film; British film since 1995.)

  • (35% of qualification) Written examination: 2.5 hours – This component assesses your knowledge and understanding of six films.

Component 2

Varieties of Film (Global Film; Documentary Film; Silent cinema; Experimental Film (1960–2000).

35% of qualification) Written examination: 2.5 hours. This component assesses your knowledge and understanding of five films and a compilation of short films.

Component 3

Production Coursework

  • (30% of qualification) - In this component students will apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own film or screenwriting.
  • Production
  • Either a short film (4-5 minutes long) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay.
  • Evaluative Analysis
  • An evaluative analysis (1600-1800 words) of the production in comparison with other professionally produced short films or short film screenplays.

I’ve always been interested in films, so seeing a subject entirely about it was very exciting. I enjoyed the coursework side of the subject as it gave me the opportunity to do research and learn a new skill like screenwriting. I view films differently now and am always looking for symbolism or any hidden meaning.

Sophia Owen Moulding ex Farlington School

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements
How The Course is Assessed
70% exam, 30% coursework
Career Pathways
Students can progress to Film and related courses at university, as well as a wide range of other courses. This course will also give you a showreel created using industry standard software Adobe Premiere Pro when applying for production courses/work experience/ apprenticeships
Transferable Skills
Communication; teamwork; project management; interpretation; planning; script writing; filming and editing.
Other Information
An annual highlight is the Cosmat Conference, organised by Varndean staff for A Level students from all over Sussex, which invites leading filmmakers such as Ben Wheatley (Sightseers) to show and discuss their work. There are guest speakers leading sessions on scriptwriting eg Jenny Lecoat (Another Mother’s Son); Will Jewell (South Coast) and Study Days at Depot in Lewes where film experts guide you through some of the set films.
Enquiries To
Lisa Wardle: