Film Studies

A Level Film Studies is a unique course that combines academic theory and research with practical, hands on elements. It has close links with English, Sociology, Art, and History. Film Studies offers learners the opportunity to critically explore Film as a form of mass communication and artistic expression, and then carry out in-depth studies of a range of film texts originating from a variety of eras in history and filmmakers from across the globe.
Any student thinking of taking A Level Film Studies should have good written and analytical skills combined with a certain amount of creative flair. Some existing knowledge of, or familiarity with, film is essential, whether that is fascination with a certain film genre, an interest in a film movement, or a good eye for photography of the moving image.

Course outline

A level Film consists of two exams collectively worth 70% and one coursework project worth 30%. Exam 1 introduces learners to film history and film institutions, and the ways in which filmmaking has evolved.
Exam 2 introduces learners to the changing world of film in the contemporary digital world. Learners explore World Cinema, as well as global films and filmmakers in relation to representation, film theories, and artistic movements.
The coursework consists of independent creation and evaluation of a short film exploring genre and narrative, showcasing learners’ creative


The Film and Media Studies department at Samuel Ward has excellent facilities and is equipped with the technical hardware and software necessary to deliver the A level course effectively.
Practical work is focused on the moving image, and a suite of Apple Macs loaded with film editing software, including Final Cut Pro and iMovie is available in the Media Studies classroom. The department is also equipped with HD video cameras and industry standard tripods with stedi cam and dolly attachments, as well as a large green screen facility.
The classroom itself is fully equipped with an HD projector, allowing widescreen viewing of film for discussion and analysis.

Where will it lead to?

Careers that could be open to students include: film production; screenwriting; film research and many others.