Film Studies

Entry requirements: GCSE grade 4 in English Language or English Literature 


Component One: Varieties of film and filmmaking (examination 35%)

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (two-film comparative study)
Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study)
Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study)

Component Two: Global filmmaking perspectives (examination 35%)

Section A: Global film (two-film study): 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)

Component Three: Production (coursework 30%)

1. a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film
2. an evaluative analysis (1600 - 1800 words)

During the course students will study some of the following films, for example:
Vertigo, Blade Runner, Inception, Pans Labyrinth, City of God, Winter’s Bone, Shaun of the Dead


All assessment is completed at the end of the course and is by examination and coursework


The subject develops a wide range of critical, analytical and creative skills which are useful in many careers. It is therefore an excellent preparation for any Humanities, Arts or Science subjects at university.