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Film Studies

Subject Mission Statement

English holds a central place in the curriculum as language is power: it underpins all learning. We aim for our students to develop critical awareness, the ability to craft their writing, an appreciation of literature, and the confidence to articulate their ideas. We use language and literature to explore and nurture life skills such as resilience, self-expression and creativity. Students will become more empathic and tolerant through encountering a range of texts that allow students to think beyond their own time and place. Through the subjects offered by the English department, our students will be empowered to explore, understand and question the world, people, and themselves.


A Level Film Studies provides an opportunity to investigate how the culturally significant medium of film works both as a means of representation and as an aesthetic medium. A broad learning experience encompasses a range of films including: mainstream American films past and present; recent and contemporary British films; American independent films, and global films. The historical range of film study is extended by the study of silent film and significant film movements so that learners can gain a sense of the development of film. This course allows learners the opportunity to consider film within its social, cultural, political, historical and tecnological contexts. The production element of the course provides learners with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking or screenwriting process. It would be beneficial for students embarking on this course to have knowledge of, and interest in, both a diverse range of films and the film industry itself

KS5 Intent Statement

Provide students with the opportunity to explore an academic range of texts and skills that will help with careers and higher study in English/Film/ Media and the wider curriculum. Educate students to be able to engage critically with texts on an exploratory and analytical level. Support students in being able to manage time and organisational elements with research, essay writing and extended projects (in particular the NEA). Inspire students to become adults who are curious about the world and willing to challenge ideas. Promote independent learning in the subject area and beyond. Enable students to become sophisticated and effective communicators. Using the curricula, introduce new concepts; build on prior learning to revisit and improve skills; promote the development of all three literacy strands; explicitly promote stretch and challenge through the years. All this is underpinned with personalised assessment and targeted feedback, aligned with key learning objectives. Inspire and enhance student understanding further by offering extra-curricular opportunities with a focus on extending knowledge and experience, and encouraging personal investigation. Provide personalised advice and guidance to support students’ wider learning and aspirations beyond KS5. 

Qualification Details

Exam Board: EDUQAS (WJEC)
Qualification Title: Film Studies
Qualification Specification Code: A670QS
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the EDUQAS (WJEC) webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements

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Possible Career Paths

Film Studies degree courses, the Art/Design/Culture sector, the Media/Film industry, Journalism, Advertising. This course provides a suitable progression to a range of Higher Education Degree and Vocational Level courses. The specification develops a range of transferable skills including analytical and interpretative skills and the development of confident and independent critial thought. The application of theoretical and critical approaches provides a good grounding for undergraduate study

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