Film Studies


This is a two year A Level course, which is taught for two lessons a fortnight as an enrichment A Level. The course consists of the following topics:

                     AS Level (Year 12)   Unit 1     Exploring Film Form

  • Analysis of micro aspects of chosen film extract
  • Creative project based on a film sequence or short film

                                                         Unit 2       British and American Form

  • Producers and Audiences of Film
  • Topics in British Film
  • Comparative Study of two American films

                   A2 Level (Year 13)     Unit 3     Film Research and Creative Projects

  • Small scale research project
  • Creative project

                                                         Unit 4     Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates

  • World Cinema Topics
  • Spectatorship Topics
  • Single Film – Critical Study


Units 1 and 3 are assessed through coursework (assessed by the teacher). Units 2 and 4 are examined units. Unit 1 is worth 40% of the marks for AS Level and Unit 2 is worth 60% of the marks for AS level. At A2, units 3 and 4 are worth equal marks.

Examining board 


Special Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have gained at least a Grade C in GCSE English Language

Career Opportunities

Film Studies can be used as one of a student’s A Levels which will allow them access to university to study for a Media/Film related degree or one of many other degrees. A degree can lead to graduate employment in many areas.

Teaching Methods

Many lessons will be teacher-led, but students will be expected to take increasing responsibility for their own learning, and complete group/more independent work, particularly when completing coursework. Homework will be regularly set, and advice will be given on study skills/revision. Teachers will hold tutorials with students as appropriate.

How is the course graded

How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (