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AS Film Studies Accredited


We are pleased to announce that we are the first awarding body to have our reformed AS in Film Studies accredited by Ofqual for first teaching from September 2017 for centres in England.

Rebecca Ellis, Subject Officer for Film Studies:

'With over 30 years' experience of designing film studies qualifications, we have developed a suite of exciting qualifications in Film Studies which will engage students through filmmaking, screenwriting and studying a diverse range of film, past and present. Our AS specification will allow students to explore a range of accessible, critically acclaimed films from around the world including Blade Runner, Trainspotting and Pan's Labyrinth. We look forward to providing teachers with the support they need to deliver this exciting new qualification.'

As the largest provider of GCSE, AS and A level Film Studies, our specifications have been developed in collaboration with teachers, sector leaders and key organisations including the British Film Institute, Into Film, the Media Education Association and several universities. At all levels, new approaches to film and production have been introduced to inspire students and develop their knowledge and understanding of film. Production is central to our courses and will deepen the understanding of the exciting range of films on offer for students to study. Our AS can be offered as a standalone qualification but is also designed to be co-teachable and can be delivered as the first year of our two year A level programme. Those continuing onto A level can look forward to studying contemporary classics such as No Country for Old MenInceptionCarol and City of God alongside historical hits such as Vertigo and Some Like it Hot. Students will also broaden their knowledge of film by studying silent and experimental cinema and documentary.

Download our accredited AS Specification and Sample Assessment Materials (SAMs).

We look forward to updating you soon on the accreditation of our A level, meanwhile please view our draft specification and SAMs for A level Film Studies.

GCSE (9-1)
Our reformed GCSE (9-1) qualification was accredited by Ofqual in December and offers students a choice from a diverse set of films designed to introduce students to films from the past and the present as well as from around the world. At GCSE (9-1), students can explore classic films such as Rear Window and E.T. together with contemporary films as varied as Skyfall, District 9, Let the Right One In, Juno and The Hurt Locker.

We have commissioned textbooks to accompany our GCSE (9-1) and AS and A level specifications which will be available by Summer 2017. In addition, each specification will be supported by a range of free online resources, which will include briefings on all the films set.   

Free teacher CPD courses
We are running a series of free Preparing to Teach courses between January and March 2017. To book your place, please visit our training page

Sign up to our email bulletin to receive the latest news about resources and the new specifications.

If you are a school or college in Wales, please visit the 'Qualifications in Wales' webpage, for details on the reformed qualifications regulated by Qualifications Wales. 

For further information:
Rebecca Ellis
Subject Officer
029 2026 5483