Film Studies - AS

L3 Level 3
Full Time
5 September 2022 — 16 June 2023
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The Film Studies AS 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. 

The AS Film Studies course provides a detailed introduction to the study of film and cinema industries, consisting of three components examining the relationship between film and audiences and is designed to enhance your own experience of film.

What you will study

Component 1: American Film

The focus is on the study of contemporary Hollywood cinema from the 1960s onwards and on American independent films.  You will study narrative, genre, representation, themes and context of particular films and how each of these filmic elements guides your understanding of the production of film within a particular time period.  Possibly case-study films include Bonnie and Clyde, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Inception, and Django Unchained

This module will be externally assessed with a 1 ½ hour examination.

Component 2: European film

The focus is on the study of British film and non-English European film.  Part of the component will be an historical comparative study of two British films such as Brief Encounter and Atonement, considering and analysing the thematic links or links through issues which the films raise.  You will also study one European, non-English based film, such as Pan’s Labyrinth or Ida, considering its distinctive European context and theme.

This module will be externally assessed with a 1 ½ hour examination.

Component 3: Production

This component comprises an individually based production which relates to the creative aspects of the film industry. This synoptic piece of work will allow you to put into practice the filmmaking ideas you have developed throughout the course of study.  The production may take the form of a filmed extract from a feature film of your own creation, or a screenplay extract with a strong focus on narrative.    

The module is assessed internally and by external moderation and is worth 30% of your overall grade.

Course fee per year

Part-time enrolment fee: £0.00

Entry requirements

Individual Subject Entry Requirements English Language minimum B

Teaching and assessment

Written exams and coursework assignment

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
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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

5 September 2022

End date

16 June 2023

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

4.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



WJEC Eduqas Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Film Studies
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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

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