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Film studies

Here at Woodlands we provide Film Studies as an option at Year 9 for GCSE as film is an influential modern art form which is an important aspect to people’s cultural experience. We deliver a film studies course that will help develop pupil’s analytical skills, encourage independent critical thinking and gain an understanding of film history along with key events that have impacted the way films are made. Pupils will develop their vocabulary with an extensive range of subject specific terminology as well as interpersonal skills (self-reflection, team work, organisation, & oracy) whilst studying a range of films from American box-office hits to British independent films.



Films Studied


  • What is film studies?
  • How do we analyse? – Mise-en-scene
  • What is genre?
  • What is representation?
  • The Others
  • Grease
  • Singin’ In The Rain
  • Skyfall


  • How have American films changed?
  • Film History
  • How do films tell us stories? – Narrative
  • Why do films look different? – Aesthetics
  • How do I write a screenplay? - Coursework
  • Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
  • ET
  • District 9
  • Attack the Block


  • Gender, Age and Ethnicity in film – Representation
  • What is an independent film?
  • Exam practice
  • Revision
  • Let The Right One In
  • The Hurt Locker

Curriculum Intent Link:

Click here for the film studies curriculum intent document.

Beyond the classroom

Film studies offers out-of-school opportunities to film screenings (if appropriate films are showing that will develop pupil understanding of the topics covered during the course).

Film Club is an extra-curricular lunch-time club open to all pupils to watch and discuss a range of films, an opportunity to share each other’s enthusiasm of all things film!

Useful links

BBC Bitesize Revision page:

Film Fundamentals YouTube link:

Film History YouTube link: