Why choose 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.

Resources and Facilities

  • There is a data projector and cinema surround sound in the teaching room.
  • There is a wide range of DVDs and background books in the
  • Learning Resources Centre
  • There are a number of digital video HD cameras within the Department and the latest Adobe editing software

Teaching and Learning Styles

The data projector and cinema surround sound in the teaching room provides an exciting and engaging learning experience. Much of the learning takes place through group discussion and creative activities that should stretch your imagination. You will need to read background and critical books available in the Learning Resources Centre.

Extra-curricular Activities

There are trips to a variety of different cinemas


The A Level will be assessed by external exams and coursework

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Ed Daniels

Film Studies - Pershore High School
I took Film Studies as I find film interesting. Circumstances led me to Worcester Sixth Form College after my time at high school, and it worked out to be a good decision. I have found Film Studies to be a really great course. I particularly enjoyed making my own short films, writing scripts and learning about iconic films from the past. I found that Film Studies went very well with my other subjects, Classical Civilisation and English Literature, as they were all essay-based which let the skills I learned in this course become transferable. After College, I plan to go to the university to study Film and Television with Innovation.

Progression Opportunities

You may go on to study a media/film related course or progress 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 NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Film Studies4A real interest in film (not just Hollywood).A number of visits to cinemas – approx £20 per year.

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