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Film, IBO Higher Level Certificate (level 3) at Wrotham School

Course description

This is a Higher Level/Standard Level IB course, which can be taken as part of the IBCP or as a stand alone qualification in combination with A levels and/or career-related qualifications.  We will discuss this further on interview, in order to create a personalised programme of study for you. 


Course content

Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form.

The creation, presentation and study of film requires courage, passion and curiosity. Through this course, students will develop the courage to create individually and as part of a team, to explore ideas through action and harness the imagination, and to experiment. They will find a passion to communicate and to act communally, and to research and formulate ideas eloquently; curiosity about self and others and the world, about different traditions, techniques and knowledge, about the past and the future, and about the limitless possibilities of human expression through film as an art form.

Syllabus components:

Unit 1: Textual analysis (external assessment)
This is a controlled assessment. Students are shown three films from a variety of countries and must select a five-minute section of one of these. They will then write a 1,750 word analysis of this scene.

Unit 2: Film theory and history (external assessment)
A comparative study of films and film-making traditions from more than one country. Students create a video essay, comparing two films of their choice that are either separated by time or geography.

Unit 3: Creative process—techniques and organisation of production
The development of creative, analytical and production skills within film-making. Throughout the year, students experiment within the five main film-making roles (direction, cinematography, sound, screen-writing and editing). This is assembled into a portfolio to show their development as a filmmaker and their understanding of the roles.

Unit 4: Film production (HL only)

Students work in small groups to create a short film. They will each take on one of the production roles and reflect on their work and their contribution.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English language or literature.


60% internal assessment, 40% external assessment.

Future opportunities

The IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway) is globally recognised and accepted by universities around the world. Some competitive university courses ask for specific IB subjects to have been studied as part of the Baccalaureate programme of study. We recommend that you research current grade requirements for that subject on and filter for the International Baccalaureate. 

Further information

As with any level 3 qualification, there is an increased demand for students to work independently. Students, therefore, must expect to study outside of lesson time and will be expected to work for approximately five hours a week outside of lessons in order to complete the work to the required grades for most universities and higher apprenticeships.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September