Film Studies

Course Description

Film Studies is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of films to broaden your knowledge and understanding of film, their contexts and the range of responses films can generate. Those who study it typically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium. This course will help you develop analytical and evaluative skills by considering ideological approaches, perspective, genre as well as practical applications of production.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above. Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5.

Course Content

This incredibly exciting course gives you an opportunity to learn about American, British and world cinema. It will involve the study of film form, representations on screen, editing, cinema audiences, historical and cultural values, and film production. You will also learn about production values and the messages being communicated and how films are marketed and advertised, distributed, and screened. Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to your own filmmaking and screenwriting. This enables you to create a professional portfolio and gain the experience of film making.

Through studying you will find that your academic and employability skills will be incredibly developed, challenged and will enrich your learning experience and study skills, as you are required to evaluate the social, political, historical and economic context of each film. Your studies will be complemented by various industry related workshops run by professionals and you will have opportunities to visit film and TV studios and will apply theoretical knowledge to your own film projects throughout the course.

Future students would benefit from researching the following auteur styles in preparation for the course: Shane Meadows, Edgar Wright and Michael Curtiz.


Component 1: Varieties of film and film making, written examination (35% of qualification).
Component 2: Global film making perspectives, written examination (35% of qualification).
Component 3: Production, assessment (30% of qualification).

Enrichment and Work Experience

Club and extra-curricular activities over the course of the year and we also offer a variety of enrichment including contributing to the media magazine, short film awards, screenwriting workshops, workshops with broadcast producers, script writing for radio and presenting on radio (Bolton FM). Recent trips have included a four night trip to Disneyland Paris to attend the Media and Film Live conference, BBC tour at Media City, Industry day at the BBC to create podcasts and gain skills in editing as well as a media industry day in Leeds. Our staff will help and encourage you to obtain work experience within the local media industry, we have links with Bolton FM; Media City; Chief Productions; Bolton News; and the BBC.

Additional Information

To support your studies, you will be required to purchase relevant materials as outlined below: Essential Kit: SD card 16GB minimum: SD card reader for coursework production. There is the opportunity to complete a one week work placement in the summer term.

Links with other subjects:
Film Studies can be taken with almost any combination of other subjects including: English Language, English Literature, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Media Studies. Most Film students’ progress to higher education and the professions.

Future Career Opportunities

As well as careers in the film industry, this course is a good option if you wish to pursue a career in professions such as marketing, advertising, production, media, journalism and teaching. It is respected by higher education institutions and provides a range of transferable skills. With the growth of Media City in Manchester, there are a wide range of potential career pathways available.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

Outstanding results year on year for Film Studies and this is because we aim to bring a variety of teaching methods for you to get the most out of your programme of study. The teachers are examiners and therefore have a fantastic insight into how to achieve successful outcomes.