Film Studies - A2

L3 Level 3
Full Time
3 September 2024 — 21 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The Film Studies A2 programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate. 

Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.

What you will study

A2 Film Studies follows on from AS and consists of the following two modules: 

Module FM3: Research Project and Creative Work

This module comprises a small-scale research project analysing the work of a chosen star, director or production team. The emphasis will be on the subject's creative work and your own personal responses. It comprises an annotated catalogue, a presentation script and evaluation. You will then be given the opportunity to expand upon the project by developing a treatment of the assignment.

The module is assessed internally and by external moderation. A coursework portfolio (worth 50% of the overall A2 mark) will be submitted comprising a collection of materials (images, reviews, articles etc.) and research conclusions. The creative work will include the treatment of your research project.

Module FM4: Critical Responses to Cinema

The focus here is on the study of three particular aspects of global cinema, comprising analysis of Cinematic New Waves, Spectatorship and a Critical Study of a single film. The module will concentrate on the historical and social context of world cinema, as well as a detailed synoptic analysis of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. It will also examine the relationship between films and audiences and will include a combination of early, classic and contemporary films.

This module is externally assessed with a 2 ½ hour paper.

Course fee per year

Course Fee: £0.00

Entry requirements

Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.

Teaching and assessment

One written exam and coursework

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
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  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

3 September 2024

End date

21 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

4.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



WJEC Eduqas Level 3 Advanced GCE in Film Studies
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“CAVC is a great place to study A Levels – the teachers, the support, the facilities and social experience has been so good – I’m delighted to have gained all A’s in my AS exams. The support to apply and prepare for university is brilliant and I’m looking forward to progressing after college.”

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Career prospects & further study


Fantastic university progression routes! With hundreds of students gaining places at Oxbridge, Russell Group and other leading universities. In fact, this year more than 500 students achieved their firm or insurance choice through UCAS, with nearly 100 being Russell Group universities!

On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:

  • Arts
  • English
  • Film Studies 


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

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