Film Studies

Curriculum rationale

Students studying Film will develop an in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of filmmaking including how to light, photograph, and edit moving images effectively, as well as gaining a thorough understanding of the history of technical developments in the industry. Students will enjoy a hands-on approach to their learning, gaining confidence in their abilities as the course progresses so they are able to direct their own small production.

They will learn about the importance of shot, movement and set-design to convey story, character and atmosphere, as well as learning how to cut images and sound from various sources into a complete narrative which entertains an audience and conveys a powerful sense of emotion.

Our curriculum ensures that students will make strong progress when they join the course in Year 10 so they become confident and skilled in analysing film and staging scenes in a way which achieves professional results.

Curriculum Design

The curriculum designed around securing deep understanding of key knowledge and developing academic literacy. Principles for ‘making the learning stick’ are incorporated, including regular low stakes retrieval practice, elaboration and interleaving of key concepts.

Curriculum Plan

Film Studies 2 Year


Year 10

Year 10

Year 11

Year 11

Autumn Term

Shot, movement sound and lighting


Invasion Of The Body Snatchers;

ET: The Extra Terrestrial

History Of Cinema

Attack The Block

Spring Term

Coursework planning, filming and editing


Wadjda: Foreign Language Film

Coursework – second piece

Consolidation of learning


Summer Term

World cinema: culture and context

The Hate U Give;

Slumdog Millionaire



Curriculum Assessment

Years 10 and 11 will complete two pieces of filmed coursework, each with a written analysis, which will make-up 30% of their final GCSE grade.  Students will also regularly complete written assessments in the style of exam questions on each of the films we will study as part of the course.

After an assessment, students will get class feedback (as well as individual teacher feedback). Students to make corrections in purple pen.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Students are encouraged to take part national filmmaking competitions which are run by the exam-board as well as other organisations. 

Essential equipment

Each student requires access to a smartphone with video editing software (for example, iMovie which is pre-installed on Apple devices).  Students will also need access to websites such as and