Film - Subject Overview

Film is concerned with the study of character, theme, style and social observation. It embraces ethnicity and it transports us into other worlds, other cultures and other experiences. Film changes lives and makes us re- examine our attitudes and values and allows us to experience the world as someone else. Film has become the modern form of literature and has its own body of great texts which are part of the global experience. Film is about learning how to create wonderful film products, how to write creatively in certain forms and how to express yourself. The new syllabus requires students to embrace a wider body of film texts and develop their creative writing skills.


Year 9

The production – creating a short film which plays with tension genre, screenplay accompanied by a shooting script.

  • The reflective analysis assessing   the effectiveness of the product made in terms of genre and influential films.


Years 10 and 11

(A condensed version of the qualification is also offered after college from Year 10)

  • Paper 1 – Key developments in US film, with a comparative study and focus on technology and independent cinema.
  • Paper 2- Global film, which involves the study of a global English language text, a non-English language film and contemporary UK piece.
  • Themes – what narrative concerns are commonly the focus?
  • Representations and ideologies – what type of representations are to be found and what is the underpinning belief system behind them?
  • How is meaning generated in audio-visual products?

Assessment- Two examinations and one submitted film product with an evaluation.


Year 12

Subject Overview

Film gives students the opportunity to explore in great depth, world cinema as a creative phenomenon whilst improving their own film-making skills having studied how the great masters achieve their impact. Sociological context, spectatorship, aesthetics and audiovisual technique are applied to the key texts.


Paper One-The American paper requires students to compare and contrast classical Hollywood and new Hollywood films (Vertigo and Blade Runner) and examine an independent such as Beasts of The Southern Wild.

Paper Two- concerns two British comedy films which are independents, Sightseers and Shaun of The Dead  in terms of narrative structure and context and a foreign film, Pan’s Labyrinth, for which aesthetics is a key focus.

Component Three- One creative project which could be a short film, or a screen-play supported by a digitally photographed storyboard.


Year 13

Subject Overview

For A Level, the examination is concerned with world cinema including documentary and the short film with a focus on social, historical and political context as well as style; an analysis of a set film text is also required. There is the opportunity to learn how to write your own screen-play, a digitally photographed storyboard or use our new Mac equipment and other excellent facilities to create an exciting short film. 

This is a wonderful qualification which allows for real freedom of individual choice and the chance to bring to your study, your own favourite material. It combines the development of practical ability with intellectual analysis and is an excellent accompaniment to A Levels in Sociology, Art, History, Drama, Ethics, Languages and English Literature. This qualification can be taken in one year.


Paper One- Hollywood 1930-1990 a comparative study, American film since 2005, a two film study, and British film since 1995, a two film study.

Paper Two- Global film, a two text study, documentary film, silent cinema ( we shall be watching Buster Keaton shorts) and experimental film, for us we shall be studying Pulp Fiction.

Component Three- An entire short film or a screen-play for an entire short film supported  by a digital screenplay.


The Cambridge Technical Diploma

Subject Overview

The Cambridge Technical is about mastering a wide variety of Media disciplines and creating portfolio work that is as close to industry standard as possible. Work experience is an important element of the course and candidates are encouraged to view their projects in a very real financial, legal and ethical context. The really exciting dimension to the Cambridge Technical is that it is now possible to achieve the Distinction* for outstanding candidates, which will be of extra benefit to the strongest candidates in their university and apprenticeship application. It is about striving for excellence and individual creativity.


Year 12 The First Half of the Diploma- The Extended Certificate

(A2 x 1)

Subject Overview

  • The moving image and print advertisement- how can codes and conventions be used to make an effective advertisement using Final Cut?
  • Short films- audio-visual production- how can an audience be positioned by the use of editing, cinematography and editing? Constructing a professional film from start to finish.
  • Media institutions and audiences- analysing the institutions which produce Media products and how the target audiences receive them. How do institutions distribute and market their products? How is representation and genre conveyed? What is the role of censorship and freedom of speech in modern society? This unit is examined at the end of Year 12 in a paper which invites the students to discuss their findings in prepared case-studies in short mark and extended questions.
  • Preproduction- How are Media products planned in industry? This unit is examined in the June paper and assesses students’ ability to respond to a series of scenarios and demonstrate their ability to plan.
  • The creation and use of sound in Media- how can sound be edited to create impact when layered and added to a moving image sequence.
  • The interactive Media product – learning how to plan a stunning website through good design and effective coding. This is begun in May and continued into Year 13 ready for UCAS and apprenticeship applications.

Assessment- Three portfolio submissions and two examinations for Unit One- Audiences and Theories and Unit Two in Pre-production. 


Year 13 The Full Diploma (A2 A2)

Subject Overview

The Year 12 qualification is upgraded to a full diploma with the addition of the following units, only one of which is assessed as an examination.

  • The Graphic novel- using industry codes and conventions to devise part of a graphic novel.
  • Animation production- learning the principles of animation in order to create an animated short film.
  • Photography- assessing how to plan and produce top quality commercial photographs.
  • Game development- Design elements of your own computer game.
  • Social Media and Globalisation- what is the impact of new technology on our modern world? This is assessed in an examination at the end of the course.

Assessment- Five portfolio submissions and one examination in Social media and Globalisation.


The Extended Diploma Years 13 (A2 A2 A2)

Subject Overview

 Additional detailed units which focus on radio, television production, design and research across the platforms, will be delivered in order to achieve the Extended version of the qualification.

Assessment-Four portfolio submissions and one examination in industry research in response to a given brief.


The Cambridge National in Creative -iMedia.

The Certificate

Subject Overview

This vocationally-related qualification takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. It will equip learners with a range of skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. The hands on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media. This is a brand new level 2 qualification which is divided into 4 units, 1 is assessed by examination and 3 by portfolio construction.

Year 9: The focus is on how to plan, film and edit a top quality digital moving image product.

Year 10: Students explore the world of digital graphics products in the mandatory unit, learning how to plan and create a range of digital products using a variety of editing techniques and review a completed graphic against a specific brief.

Year 11: Students are prepared for the examination in pre-production and complete the final coursework unit in digital photography.

Assessment -One examination in Pre-Production and three submitted portfolios.


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