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Film Studies at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form

Course description

Film is the major art form of the twentieth century, film is a social and political form of expression, film is culturally enriching and creatively rewarding.

At the root of all film studies is a recognition that films are made: they are constructed using a range of elements – cinematography, mise-en-scène, sound, editing and performance (the key elements of film form) – which are organised structurally in terms of narrative and often genre (the structural elements of film form). How filmmakers use these elements, frequently in complex and highly artistic ways, is a large part of what constitutes the formal study of film.

Course content

Course Content

Students will study a range of different films from around the globe. As well as focusing on the key elements of film form (core elements) students will apply specialist study areas such as: how spectators respond to the work filmmakers create and how learners interpret the films, relevant contexts, critical approaches and debates.


Component One (exam)

Varieties of film and film-making.

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (Vertigo & Bladerunner)

Section B: American film since 2005 (La La Land & Boyhood)

Section C: British film since 1995 ((Trainspotting & Sightseers)


Component Two (exam)

Section A: Global film (City of God & Pan’s Labyrinth)

Section B: Documentary film (Amy)

Section C: Film movements – Silent cinema (Strike)

Section D: Film movements – Experimental film (Pulp Fiction)


Component Three (non-exam assessment)

Students produce: either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay  and an evaluative analysis (1600 - 1800 words).

Entry requirements

A GCSE average of 5, including a 4 in English.


30% Non Exam Assessment

70% Exam

Future opportunities

For any career that requires good oral and analytical skills and a sensitive understanding of the film industry, Film Studies is a valuable qualification.  Possible career areas include journalism, broadcasting, advertising and teaching.

Further information

Course Leader:


Ms. C Taylor

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years