Film studies

Film studies

What is A level Film studies?

Film studies is the study of film as an art form, learning to appreciate the medium not only through its technical production, but also by understanding the wider meanings and messages.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.

Subject leader

Simon Humphreys

"Film studies is not as easy as people expect, but it’s a very interesting subject and one where your cinematic knowledge and general writing skills will be really developed. You will learn about a really broad range of films, as well as looking at the social and historical contexts that shaped them. Film studies has been my favourite lesson, and undoubtedly the one I will miss the most."

Luke Dootson

What will I study?

YEAR 1 During the first year you will study three exciting units. Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990. Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study). Section C: British film since 1995 studying two British films. YEAR 2 During the second year, you will expand your knowledge by exploring a range of cinema movements: These include: Section A: Global film, requiring reference to two global films: one European and one produced outside Europe. Section B: Documentary film Section C: Film movements – silent cinema Section D: Film movements – experimental film (1960-2000)

Additional activities with this subject

During your time studying Film Studies we organise trips to heighten your experience of films and the industry. This year we are looking to organise a trip to the ‘Berlin Film Festival’ in Germany, as well as planning trips to Manchester’s independent cinema ‘Home’


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