Film Studies


Statement of Intent

The key aim of Film Studies is to allow students to gain an understanding and appreciation of the medium of film and the social and cultural messages conveyed through it. Students develop knowledge and understanding of the key elements of film form through studying a range of films from different genres, time periods and countries. They will apply their understanding of the key elements in a practical and imaginative way and will learn to articulate clearly their opinions, ideas and experiences and develop skills of critical analysis through discussion and written expression. Students will study the explicit and implicit meanings within films and evaluate and reflect on their own practical film making and that of others.

Implementation-Curriculum Map 



We offer A Level Film Studies and study the following films. Each film is approached through the key elements of film form as well as the specialist areas of film theory, context, ideology, spectatorship, film movements and the auteur.


Year 12






Taxi Tehran (Panahi, 2015)


Mustang (Erguven, 2015)



Bonnie & Clyde (Penn, 1967)




Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin, 2012)



Amy (Kapadia, 2015)



La La Land (Chazelle, 2016)



Completion of NEA



Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)




Year 13






Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004)


Secrets & Lies (Leigh, 1996)



Revision of all films and completion of NEA




Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)






Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)





Film Studies is an option subject that is taught to students in Key Stage 4 who begin their GCSE in Year 10, sitting their exam in Year 11.

We follow the Eduqas Film Studies GCSE focusing on six films which are shown on the Curriculum Map.

At KS5 we offer A Level Film Studies and students will study:

  • A diverse range of film, including documentary, film from the silent era, experimental film and short film
  • The significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts
  • Film and its key contexts (including social, cultural, political, historical and technological contexts)
  • How films generate meanings and responses
  • Film as an aesthetic medium
  • The different ways in which spectators respond to film

Career Opportunities

careers film studies (002)

Head of Faculty

Mrs E Cliffe