Film Studies

Course Summary:

Since its inception over a century ago the Film has grown to become one of the most pervasive forms of communication and entertainment operating in both national and global contexts.

In this course you will learn about how the film industry operates in British and American contexts, considering along the way the issues and debates relating to its organisation. Our tutors will help you to explore the language of film – the conventions and techniques used by filmmakers to communicate to audiences and provoke in them a variety of emotional and intellectual responses. You will learn to use theories and concepts to approach film in a critical and analytical way, deepening your knowledge and appreciation.

You will also be given the opportunity to engage with film creatively by producing your own storyboards, screenplays and films.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • Manchester Metropolitan University – Creative Writing Led Community Practices (Foundation)
  • University of Salford – Media Production
  • Edge Hill University – Media, Film and Television
  • Liverpool John Moores – Film Studies
  • University Oxford – History

Career destinations:

Entry Requirements:

As well as the standard entry requirements for A Level study, it is necessary to have achieved at least a grade 4 in English Language GCSE to equip you for the challenge of the course.writing skills!)

Assessment Method:

AS Level Year 1 American Film exam: 35%, European Film exam: 35%, Production coursework component: 30%
A Level Year 2 American and British Film exam: 35%, Varieties of film exam: 35%, Production coursework component: 30%

Student Case Studies:

Will Kaye

Will Kaye

“Film Studies appealed to me because I’ve always seen cinema as more than entertainment. Studying Film at OSFC was great as it transformed a recreational interest into academic intrigue. I especially enjoyed making my own film, highlighting the importance of practical skills. The coursework also helped me comprehend ideas such as auteur theory and filmic postmodernism. Analysis lessons enabled me to develop understanding of how films construct meaning and communicate to audiences. The environment of Film Studies benefitted me immensely; the relaxed yet professional approach of the tutors developed my interest in cinema as well as my appreciation for it as a medium. In the future I plan to read history at Cambridge, and I feel Film Studies offers me a unique insight into history. Detecting patterns in popular cinema, genres such as social realism, and documentary forms has given me a new tool for historical study.”

Holly Lees

Holly Lees

“I chose Film Studies as I always loved watching films. I thought that learning about how they were made, and how to analyse them would be enjoyable. I was not disapointed. The coursework module involved writing an essay in which I studied a scene from a film that I chose. I then wrote about how elements such as editing and cinematography were used. I also made a ‘storyboard’ which allowed me to create a scene from a film in photographs. The coursework meant that i gained marks before the exam, allowing me to work out what I would have to achieve to attain each grade, which was a big help. I really enjoyed learning about the different aspects of film such as genre conventions and representations. Doing this course has made me realise that I would like a career in the film industry myself.”