Subjects

Film Studies

The Subject Way

Our subject has a ‘Subject Way’ at the heart of it. Our Subject Way is designed to help students become young subject specialists. The Subject Way has two main purposes:

Firstly, to teach students the vital skills they need to achieve their full potential and gain the very best grades they can. Secondly, to teach students how each subject relates to the wider world, incorporating the life skills they will learn.

It is our belief that knowing how what you learn links to the wider world brings a subject to life and therefore improves overall understanding and engagement.

Long Term Plans

YEAR 9
Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4

Introduction to Film Studies: Superhero Genre

Through an exploration of the superhero genre, students are introduced to key elements of film form such as cinematography, mise en scene, lighting and sound. 

Global Cinema

Students broaden their understanding of cinema by exploring film industries and styles from all over the world. 

Representation in Hollywood Cinema

Students learn about the film theory of gender representation through a study of the Hollywood musical, Grease.

Production Skills: Science Fiction Trailers

Students develop their pre-production, filming and editing skills as they create their own science fiction trailer.

YEAR 10
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3
Component 2: Global Film (40%)  Students are introduced to the film Submarine which they learn to analyse in terms of aesthetics and film style. Component 2: Global Film (40%) Students study Slumdog Millionaire to explore the concept of narrative in film. Component 2: Global Film (40%) Students study a non-English language film, Tsotsi. They explore representation in the text across a range of factors such as age and gender.
YEAR 10
Half Term 4Half Term 5Half Term 6

Component 2: Revision

Students will revise all the content from Component 2. 

Component 1: Film and Film technology timeline.

 

Students to revise their knowledge of the key developments in film and film technology timeline.

Component 3: Production (20%)

 

Students develop their understanding of the horror genre by analysing a sequence from Psycho and another horror film of their choice. They begin pre-production and filming of their own horror film sequence.

Component 3: Production (20%)

After completing filming for their horror film sequence, students edit the footage to create the final product in post-production. 

 

An evaluation of the filmmaking process is also completed.

YEAR 11
Half Term 1Half Term 2Half Term 3

Component 1: Key Developments in US Film (40%)

Students complete a comparative study of two Hollywood science-fiction films – Invasion of the Bodysnatchers and ET. They compare the films in terms of narrative, representation and aesthetics.

Component 1: Key Developments in US Film (40%)

Students complete a comparative study of two Hollywood science-fiction films – Invasion of the Bodysnatchers and ET. They compare the films in terms of narrative, representation and aesthetics. The work is assessed for mock examination.

Component 1: Key Developments in US Film (40%) 

Students analyse the independent film, The Hurt Locker, and compare their view on the film with those from a piece of specialist film writing.

YEAR 11
Half Term 4Half Term 5

Components 1 and 2: (80%)

 

Students revise all content in preparation for final examination.

Components 1 and 2: (80%)

 

Students revise all content in preparation for final examination.