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.

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.

Alex Stubbs

Alex Stubbs

Film Studies - The Chantry School
During my time at Worcester Sixth Form College, I found Film Studies to be a fascinating course due to the huge variety of films we learn about: No Country for Old Men and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to name just two. While taking this course, you come to understand the different elements that make up a film such as cinematography, editing and sound. One part of the course I particularly enjoyed was the course work, we wrote a script for a short film as well as creating a story board of images that could accompany the screenplay. I’ve found that film studies fits in well with my other subjects, Classical Civilisation and Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, because I can make synoptic links between them, allowing me to draw ideas from one to another that become transferable. After College, I plan on studying Film and Television Production at university which means that the theory I’ve learnt taking Film Studies can be used to a greater effect when paired with the practical elements of film making.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance 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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