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    Okay, what grades do you need at GCSE level to do 5 A-Levels

    and also, what is Film Studies like? Is it a "doss" lesson....or do uni's think of it as a "good" A-Level : if you get me? lol

    It depends on the school or college you're hoping to study at. Generally you need 5 A*-Cs, but I needed 6 and if you wanted to do maths, a science or French, you needed Bs in those subjects. Some places have much higher entry requirements though, like mostly Bs and As in the subjects you want to continue with. You'll have to find out the specific entry requirements for the place you hope to study at.

    I don't know whether Film Studies is a doss subject or not as I don't do it, but in my opinion, all A-levels are hard work, so I wouldn't advise you take it just for an easy ride. Some universities do look down on it, but as long as your other subjects are traditional and academic, you'll be fine. So if you're really interested in it, take it.

    After you get 5 A*-C at GCSE, make sure you meet the entry requirements for the individual A-level subjects. Most of them will usually require GCSE english and maths at grade C or above or one of those GCSE's. If it's a science subjects, they will want double award or triple award science. For maths, you will need at least a grade B at GCSE. For other subjects, entrance requirements are quite flexible.

    Film studies is not a doss, it's a lot of work, as is theatre studies (which is masses of work). But it is seen as a doss, so when trying to apply to uni's it won't help you much! You could do a film studies degree without the A2 so it's really a waste, you're better off taking something which is actually opening doors.

    As for 5 A levels, you'd need a few A*'s at gcse to be able to get 5 A's and B's. Whereas you only need a few A's at gcse to be able to get 3 A's and B's at A2.
    [in my experience]

    I don't want to offend anyone but many of the 'x studies' A-Levels are less widely respected than other subjects and are easier. Not all A-Levels are of the same difficulty or even actually difficult.
    Do a more traditional and academic subject if you intend to apply to university and want your A-Levels to boost your CV slightly in the future.

    I did six AS subjects (but dropped to 4 A2s) and I got 5 As and 5A*s at GCSE. But I think it's more a question of whether your teachers think you can cope with all the work rather than your specific GCSE grades. See what your head of sixth form says.

    And I do Film Studies as one fo my A2s. It's NOT a doss subject, in fact I find a lot of the theories and analytical stuff very challenging (having said that, A2 is tougher than AS!) Personally, I absolutely love it - if you love films (especially old films) and are prepared to work and think hard then you'll probably love it too. In my case it didn't stop me getting offers from excellent unis either - I got four out of six places, plus an interview at Cambridge. And the Cambridge profs were really interested in the Film Studies and specifically brought it up in interview! They clearly didn't see it as a cop-out subject or anything. The most important thing is to pick subjects you enjoy!
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