“If students aren't taught the language of sound and images, shouldn't they be considered as illiterate as if they left college without being able to read and write?"
George Lucas, filmmaker

"No matter what the source, information is only powerful if students know what to do with it. As students are inundated with media messages, the challenge is not to amass more information,but to understand it."
Kathleen Tyner, author, "Literacy in A Digital World"


The Film/Media Department is one of the newest departments in the school yet has thrived over the past few years. Pupils are offered the opportunity to analyse and engage with a wide range of Films at GCSE, from mainstream blockbusters to the richness and variety offered by ‘Non-Hollywood’ films. In the 6th Form students can specialize in either Film Studies A-Level or the Creative Media BTEC, with both subjects achieving above the national average in the summer of 2015.


Head of Department: Mr K Wright

Film Studies/Media Teacher: Mr T Kendry

Film Studies/Media Teacher: Miss E Wellington


Film Studies GCSE is a very popular choice for pupils who appreciate a subject which is academic in its foundation but also provides opportunities to apply learning in a practical context.

Film Studies GCSE

What does the course involve?

Students will be encouraged to;

  • Develop their interest and enjoyment of film in its national and global contexts and begin to develop an appreciation of cultural diversity through the close study of a wide range of films
  • Develop a critical and investigative approach to films, the film industry and film audiences
  • Recognise the ways in which films represent people, places, ideas, issues and events to different audiences
  • Recognise the ways in which film technologies shape film productions
  • Recognise and explore the creative possibilities of film and film products

What assessment is carried out?

Candidates must complete:

(a) One film exploration into a film of their own choice, consisting of two tasks:

 (i) Industry research (350-500 words) and

(ii) An analysis of micro elements in a short sequence from the film (350-750 words) [15% of controlled assessment]

(b) One production consisting of four tasks: a pitch and preproduction for the film on which the final production is based and an evaluative analysis of the final production (350-500 words or equivalent) [35% of controlled assessment].

In addition there are two examination papers; paper 1 Genre Study, paper 2 Film Outside Hollywood which together account for the remaining 50% of the course.


GCE AS/A2 Level Film

The AS/A specification in Film Studies is designed to deepen students understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twenty-first century.

The specification builds on the cine-literacy learners have developed informally since childhood, as well of course upon that learned at GCSE . They will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form. A variety of forms of assessment are used, with the intention of producing imaginative, active learners.


AS: 40% coursework, 60% exam

A2: 50% coursework  50% exam combined with the marks from A2


Candidates must complete the following coursework:

AS; Exploring Film Form

One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of

candidate’s choice produce meanings and responses (1500 words)

One creative project based on a film sequence or short film.


A2; Film Research and Creative Projects

A small-scale research project (an annotated catalogue and 1500 word script)

Creative project (short film extract)



There have already been a number of visits to screenings of special interest, and there are plans for future visits to the Warner Brothers studio.



The ‘Into-Film’ film club ran a number of successful screenings last year utilizing the Cotswold Hall’s large screen and surround sound speakers, mainly focusing on non-mainstream and off-beat films which broadened the student’s film-watching experience. ‘Into-Film’ is scheduled to return again in the near future.


Future Possibilities

Careers in Journalism, Television, Radio, Advertising, the Music Industry,Game Design, many other areas of  creative media and of course Film itself.