Film Studies

"To infinity and beyond!" Toy Story, 1995

Ms Parker
Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature or GCSE Media Studies


The course comprises of three components. Component 1 equates to 35% of the qualification, as does Component 2. Component 3 involves coursework – the production of a short film or a written screenplay – and equates to 30% of the qualification.

Component 1 – Sections A, B and C will be studied during Year 12, followed by two terms of preparation for coursework involving the making of a short film or the construction of a screenplay. Component 1 comprises of both Classical and New Hollywood (Section A), followed by American Film since 2005 (Section B) and also British film since 1995 (Section C). Within the coursework preparation phase there will be a series of short films that pupils are required to study and analyse which will then need to be referenced in both their coursework production and the evaluative analysis of their coursework.

Component 2 will then be studied in depth in Year 13, consisting of four sections; Global Film (Section A), Documentary Film (Section B), Film Movements – Silent Cinema (Section C) and Film Movements – Experimental Film (Section D). Component 1 will then be returned to for revision purposes, coursework will be finalised and submitted and final preparation for the exams will take place.


This course focuses on the spectator’s experience in the film making process alongside the application of both core and additional study areas that will allow students to fully understand films studied  holistically in terms of meaning, mise-en-scene and contexts. An appreciation of the aesthetic quality of films and their underlying meanings is essential to this course and students should bring their passion for all types of films and film movements to the classroom to enable fruitful discussions within our analytical seminars!