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Film Studies

Film Studies

Our Subject

A level Film Studies is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. To succeed you will need a genuine interest in a wide range of films and good, clear, written English; to do well we recommend you have at least grade B at GCSE English Language. You’ll also need imagination, creativity and the ability to evaluate – and, of course, a love of films! We follow the new WJEC specification: you can view the topics in detail here. Our department results are very good. In 2013 100 per cent of our A-level students passed, with 78 per cent getting an A* to C grade.

To study Film Studies at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C/4 in GCSE English, with a B/5 being preferred.

Our links with HE

Our students go on to a variety of university courses, including Film Studies, Media Studies, Media & Film Production, Journalism, English Literature, Drama, Modern Languages and Engineering. It’s good to note that AS and A2 Film Studies can be taken with Media Studies – universities are happy to accept both subjects.

Course Structure

There are two modules at AS-level: ‘Exploring Film Form’ and ‘British & American Film’. The first, assessed through coursework, teaches you how to ‘read’ a film. You’ll consider the use of cinematography, sound, editing and performance and how we (the audience) understand them. You will also explore genres and learn about narrative. Then you’ll devise and construct a film sequence of your own. In the second module, assessed by exam, we’ll focus on the film industry and a variety of film texts. We’ll examine the cinemas of the USA and the UK, comparing the ways in which these countries produce, sell and consume films.

At A2 there are two more units: ‘Film Research & Creative Projects’ and ‘Varieties of Film Experience – Issues & Debates’. The first is assessed through coursework. You’ll conduct detailed research into an aspect of film that really interests you. You will also create a screenplay for a short film or an extract from a longer film. Your final module is assessed by exam. We will consider films from a range of countries and explore the ways in which they differ from the mainstream. Finally, we consider debates around the idea of spectatorship.


“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
Ingrid Bergman

Recent Bilborough College Film students are now involved in producing their own short films, working in film production and distribution, and writing screenplays.

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