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Film Studies

A level

This course aims to expand your knowledge and understanding of the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical context. You will investigate and explore various critical frameworks and debates. You will explore how film generates meanings and responses as well as the ways in which spectators respond to film.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

Year 1

You will study a combination of film texts from British, American, and European Cinema. You will be introduced to various film movements and eras in order to understand film from a historical perspective. You will look at influential styles such as Expressionism, Montage and Silent Cinema, which have had a lasting effect on the types of films made today. You will also undertake a number of practical exercises to extend your skills as a filmmaker such as whole class scene recreations and individual short documentaries.

Year 2

There will be the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of film through a practical filmmaking project during which you will develop your evaluative skills in relation to your coursework productions, drawing comparisons between your own product and professionally produced films.


  • 70% exam
  • 30% coursework

Special Features

Recent visits and trips in Film Studies have included the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge as well as New York, where students visited the Museum of Moving Image. Throughout the year we have a range of visiting speaker including guest lectures from visiting film scholars. Our students have been involved in local filming projects and have been successful on the BFI (British Film Industry) Network Academy and the BFI National Academy.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Film Studies if taken.
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