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.

Film Studies Emma Burrow

Emma Burrow

Film Studies - Christopher Whitehead Language College
The main reason I chose to study Film Studies as an A Level is because of my interest in the film industry as a whole. I’ve always had a passion for the theatre business, and have been performing myself since I was two, so I was hoping for the chance to learn more about what goes into the production of film and the creativity of screenwriting. Something really positive that has come out of taking Film Studies is the level of appreciation I now have when watching any production. When I first started at sixth form, I was told that after studying this course I ‘would never look at films the same way again’ – and they were absolutely right. I now have a deeper understanding of how each aspect of film form contributes to the overall outcome. Film Studies coordinates well with my other subjects, Fine Art and Photography, as they all look at the creation of something. Particularly Photography, because they both focus on how the camera works as well as its position and movement. Next year, I will be taking a gap year to work and travel abroad before hopefully starting a Fine Art Degree at East London University the following September, which I am really looking forward to.

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.

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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