What is Film Studies?

Film Studies aims to build on student’s existing enthusiasm and aims tov motivate them to broaden their knowledge of film and film technology from the first moving images introduced to audiences in 1895 to the digital environment of contemporary film. Production work is a central part of this specification. Learners will therefore be given the opportunity to create their own film or screenplay through producing genre-based extracts. This will enable them to apply all that they have learnt about film to filmmaking or screenwriting as well as provide learners with a fresh, filmmaking perspective on the films studied. The films learners study will introduce them to a broad range of films from around the world as well as give them a historical perspective on film.

What will I study?

Students study six films in depth and detail. In undertaking this they study the key elements of film form (cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing and sound) and the contexts of each film (social, cultural, historical, political, technological and institutional) including key aspects of the history of film and film technology. This allows them to understand the practical and other influences upon the film’s production. Students also undertake a project leading to either a filmed extract from a genre film (2 minutes to 2½ minutes) or an extract from a screenplay for a genre film (800 to 1000 words).


The screenplay must be accompanied by a shooting script of a key section from the screenplay (approximately 1 minute of screen time, corresponding to approximately one page of screenplay). Learners must also provide an evaluative analysis of the production (750 to 850 words), which analyses and evaluates the production in relation to other professionally produced films or screenplays.

What will I gain from studying the subject?

Students gain an awareness of Film Production and analysis and develop the ability to offer insight and supported criticism of Film and its audience. The aim of the course is to turn enthusiasm into a more academic approach that builds critical skills while retaining the magic of the cinema.

How is it assessed?

Unit Modules Weighting Format
1 Key Developments in US Film 35% External Exam: 1 hour 30mins
2 Global Film 35% External Exam: 1 hour 30mins
3 Production 30% Non-exam assessment


Exam Board: WJEC

What do I need?

Students need an ability to be understand film on a variety of levels and to approach cinema critically. They need some practical skills but these are developed as part of the course itself. The ability to analyse and write a critical, clear and supported analysis are also important.


Is Film Studies harder than other subjects?

No. However there is a lot to learn and you also need to undertake a substantial, practical project.