Film Studies

Intent of Curriculum

In Film Studies our intent is for the curriculum to ensure that our students are actively engaged in film as a subject, enjoying learning new concepts and applying their newfound knowledge to analyse texts. The curriculum will enable our learners to be confident in their knowledge of key elements and key concepts, the bedrocks of the subject and the ‘film language’ they need to progress. In addition to this, they will be encouraged to have a wider appreciation of film as both a form of entertainment and an art form. Our curriculum chiefly builds on students’ ability in English language and literature as they are subjects most in tune with Film Studies, marrying their existing skills in these subjects with the new knowledge they attain in the formative stages of our course. Film Studies should enable students to engage and empathise with the wider world through a deepened understanding of the different cultures in our society and the wider world.

Implementation of Curriculum

In Film Studies the curriculum is delivered through high quality of teaching, placing importance on a wider understanding of film rather than being simply tailored towards terminal exams. The subject team jointly plan ambitious and aspirational subject specific responses by designing lessons that build students’ knowledge, understanding and skills progressively. Students are given the chance to study a wide range of films, as well as being encouraged to broaden their horizons with viewing lists and opportunities to engage in other film-related activity. Students are offered the opportunity to engage creatively with film, producing either a screenplay or a short film with a high degree of creative control. Assessment is employed as a meaningful device through which to measure students’ progress.

Impact of Curriculum

In Film Studies the curriculum will make a profound, positive impact to the outcomes of every student who chooses the course. We will know that this is true as we are delivering a high standard of education, quality assured through qualitative and quantitate measures such as:

  • Attainment and Achievement outcomes
  • Observing lessons and scrutinising planning
  • Standards of learning in books
  • Student voice
  • Destination data
  • Attendance data

At Babington, Film Studies is offered as an option to study at GCSE.

We offer the WJEC syllabus.

For an overview of WJEC’s Film Studies qualification, please click here. (use the attached PDF)

In Film Studies, students are given opportunities to engage with films from varying genres and cultures. They learn language enabling them to analyse and look at film in an entirely new way, as well as considering effects on audience. They are then able to put their newfound knowledge into practise by fulfilling creative tasks that can range from script writing and artwork to filmmaking. Students find the course engaging as it deals with material they are often already familiar with whilst opening them up to new skills and possibilities through creative work.

Students should expect to study the following films in detail:

Rebel Without a Cause, directed by Nicholas Ray

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, directed by John Hughes

Juno, directed by Jason Reitman

Attack the Block, directed by Joe Cornish

District 9, directed by Neill Blomkamp

Tsotsi, directed by Gavin Hood

Concepts including key elements (cinematography, mise-en-scene, sound and editing), context, narrative, genre, representation, aesthetics and specialist writing are studied in conjunction with the focus films.

Film Studies Specification