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Film Studies at Dudley Sixth

Course description

For this specification, these underpinning elements have been used to create a framework for studying film, which learners will be able to apply to all the films they explore:

  1. The key elements of film form – cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing, sound and performance
  2. The structural elements of film form – narrative and genre
  3. How film creates meaning and generates response, including how it functions as a medium of representation
  4. Film as an aesthetic medium
  5. The spectator and spectatorship
  6. The social, cultural, political, historical and institutional, including production, contexts of film
  7. Critical approaches to studying film
  8. Key debates and filmmakers' theories of film.

Course content

Component 1 - American and British Film

For this component, learners must study:

  • One film from the classical Hollywood period (1940s and 1950s)
  • Two Hollywood films produced since the 1960s (a two-film study)
  • One contemporary American independent film (produced after 2010)
  • Two British films, one produced between 1930 and 1960 and the other more recent (a comparative study).
Component 2 - Varieties of Film

For this component, learners must study:

  • Two films representing different film movements, including at least one silent film option
  • One documentary film
  • Two international, non-English language films, one European and one from outside Europe
  • One compilation of short films.
Component 3 - Production

The production may take the form of either a short film or a screenplay for a short film. The screenplay must be accompanied by a digitally-photographed storyboard of a key sequence from the screenplay in order to demonstrate how the screenplay will be realised. Learners must also provide an evaluative analysis of the production, which analyses and evaluates the production in relation to other professionally-produced films or screenplays.


Entry requirements

You will require a grade B in a humanities subject, in addition to the general entry requirements.


Written examinations and coursework.

Financial information

Studying at Dudley Sixth is free of charge, but if other costs are a barrier to you studying with us, we aim to help you to access financial support. Examples of support that could be available include:

Bursary fund

Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply for help with college related costs to the 16-18 Bursary Fund. More information about the 16-18 Bursary can be found at the website: or call 01384 363 555.

Care to Learn

Students aged under 20 needing help with childcare may be eligible for help with costs. More information is available from or call 0300 303 8610.

Free meals

The government has introduced a new scheme to provide free meals for eligible learners in Further Education. The purpose of this new scheme is to enable students who claim benefits or live with parents/guardians who claim benefits to access a healthy meal whilst at college without the cost becoming a burden. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Learner support fund

If you're 19 before you finish your studies then help is available through the Learner Support Fund (19+) which provides means-tested grants to help students aged 19+ with any additional costs of studying. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Free Bus Pass

If you are 16-18, and a student of Dudley Sixth, you will be eligible* for a free bus pass, as long as you live one mile away or further from where we are based, and are not already in receipt of other financial support.

*Students with disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help.

If you have costs other than those mentioned here, which make it difficult for you to start or complete a course, you should still apply for help.

Future opportunities

Higher education to study film, journalism, teaching, work with local journalist agencies.

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: 09 February 2017
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