Why Study Film Studies?

This course is for anyone who loves the experience of cinema and endlessly discussing the films they’ve seen. Film Studies provides an opportunity to learn about production, distribution and exhibition in a wide range of contexts. Topics include: British and American Film, World Cinema, Documentary, Silent Film and Experimental Cinema. 30% of the course is creative, there is an opportunity to write a screenplay or make a short film during the second year. Students need to have an open mind and be prepared to discuss films from different eras and countries.
The course includes the study of ‘18’ certificate films. This is permitted for under-18 year olds under BBFC guidelines.

Why Study Film Studies at Worcester Sixth Form College?

Film Studies provides an exciting and engaging learning experience. There is a data projector and cinema surround sound in the teaching room that provides an excellent recreation of the big screen experience. There are a number of digital video HD cameras within the department and the latest Adobe editing software for those choosing the filmmaking option.

There are countless opportunities to extend your understanding of the course. Each topic booklet has links or extension boxes to allow you to follow aspects of the syllabus that really grab your imagination. There are even more resources on the course’s Moodle page. The Learning Resources Centre has an excellent range of DVDs and background texts.

There are trips to see films linked to the course. Recently we went to the Courtyard in Hereford to see a rare screening of Milos Forman’s ‘Loves of a Blonde’ accompanied by a talk by Britain’s leading authority on the Czech New Wave, Peter Hames.


Nikola Sasal

Film Studies - The De Montfort High School
Choosing A Level Film Studies has not only given me a deeper insight into the constantly evolving film industry but also helped me expand my analytical skills. One of the best features of this course is that there is a variety of film genres, movements, periods, and styles to explore: golden age of Hollywood, experimental Czech New Wave, European film, mainstream and indie film- plus many more. A Level Film Studies has worked well alongside my other subjects, Drama and Theatre Studies, and Fine Art, which also employs analysis of text and historical context; and the agency to create an original piece of coursework e.g. a short film or screenplay. Because of this subject, I have chosen to pursue it in my later studies. I will be attending BIMM Screen and Film School in Brighton studying practical filmmaking.

Progression Opportunities

Past students have gone on to study practical and theoretical degree courses in Film at universities in London, Manchester, Exeter, Bournemouth and Plymouth just to mention a few. Other students have gone on to a wide range of humanities and social science subjects. Film Studies combines well with a wide range of other courses. Past students have gone on to work in film, television, theatre, video games and academia.

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Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Film Studies4GCSE English at grade 5 or above.A real interest in film (not just Hollywood).A number of visits to cinemas – approx £20 per year.

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