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Film Studies


The A-Level Film Studies course has been designed to ignite a passion for film and encourage broader cultural and historical perspectives on this academic area of study. This course of study encourages learners to watch, engage critically with and explore a wide range of film; develop and sustain confident, personal responses to film via textual analysis; and enjoy a variety of critically acclaimed films across the major genres. These include films from different cultural perspectives, films from the Silent Era to the present day, and different forms of film, including documentary, shorts and experimental.

Key Staff

Ms van der Lip - Head of Department
Mr Plumtree (2nd in Department)
Ms Chapman (2nd in Department, Literacy Coordinator)
Ms Smit (3rd in Department, KS3 Co-ordinator)
Mrs Scarr
Mrs Blake
Miss Khazmi
Mrs Huxtable
Ms Baxter
Miss Ford
Mrs Gray (HLTA)
Mrs Maynard (HLTA)

Curriculum Intent

The purpose of A-Level Film Studies is: to ignite a passion for film and encourage broader cultural and historical perspectives on this academic area of study; to guide them through the history of the film industry; to challenge them through experiencing some unusual and culturally diverse films; to prepare them for the potential to work in an industry that is worth multiple billions to the UK economy.

Key Stage 5

Film Studies at A-Level sees students engage in the close analysis of a wide range of films from different cultures and points in history, from silent to the present day. Students will explore ideas relating to genre, representation, narrative, aesthetics, ideology, film form, spectatorship and a range of critical debates that will serve to enhance and develop student's analytical and creative skills.

The course also weaves in a practical element, allowing students to demonstrate their understating of forms and conventions through the creation of scripts and the use of ICT in creating a digital storyboard.

Summary Curriculum Plans

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Homework Intent

To reinforce learning within the classroom and to provide students with the opportunity for independent learning through watching a wide range of films from various genres and directors.


It is our intent that pupils with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND) follow the same curriculum, learn alongside their peers and achieve similar outcomes. In addition, they may benefit from additional opportunities in the lessons and in the co-curricular activities that are arranged especially for them.

SEND Implementation and Impact

Pupil Premium Intent


Reading Aims:

  • To ensure students are equipped to understand command words in questions.
  • To ensure students are equipped with a range of independent reading strategies to aid comprehension when reading.
  • To ensure students are equipped with a range of independent reading strategies when interpreting how authorial intent/language/structure impact the meaning of a text.
  • To support students in understanding complex vocabulary that they encounter in their reading.
  • To encourage students to read for pleasure outside of the lessons. 

Writing Aims:

  • To ensure students are equipped with strategies to construct their answers.
  • To ensure students are equipped with a range of independent strategies to enable them to plan their answers carefully.
  • To equip students with strategies to reflect on and redraft their writing.
  • To explicitly teach spelling, punctuation and grammar to enable students to write fluently.
  • To support students in writing creatively, through teaching them to use ambitious vocabulary, language devices and structural techniques.

Spoken Language Aims:

  • To ensure students are equipped to use a range of vocabulary as well as subject specific vocabulary in their spoken language.
  • To ensure students are equipped with the skills to structure a spoken presentation
  • To support students to use spoken Standard English.
  • To teach students how to listen and respond formally.
  • To provide students with opportunities for structured talk.

Literacy Strategies


For further information regarding our Film Studies Curriculum please contact:
Ms van der Lip (head of Department)