An interest in all genres of film including silent film, experimental film, foreign language films and the production and distribution processes of the film industry.  

Ability to communicate well in both speech and writing. At least a Grade 6 in both English and English Literature are required.



Paper 1: Film History (35%)

Exam: 2 hours

There are two parts to this paper:

US Film History: an exploration of the changes in the US film industry from silent film to 1990

European Film Movements: an exploration of significant film movements such as German expressionism and surrealism

Paper 2: Critical Approaches to Film (35%)

Exam: 2 hours

In this section of the course you will look at:

UK vs. US film: a comparison of the film industries in different countries 

Documentary: an analysis of the distinctive nature of documentary film and its associated filming and editing techniques

Ideology: a comparison of three films sharing a central theme with focus on the ideological implications of filmmaking

Paper 3: NEA Making and Evaluating a Short Film (30%)         

Coursework: 60 hours

In this unit you will make your own 5 minute short film. You will need to provide an evidence trail explaining your research and planning and will write an evaluation after the film is complete.

The department will provide a varied stock of texts, recordings and films and students will be given access to recording equipment, camcorders, DSLRs, lighting, microphones and other relevant equipment.  Students are expected to make a one-off payment of £15 at the beginning of the year to fund blank media, filming licenses, props etc. as required by the course.


Many students go on to study film-related courses in Higher Education but the subject is also welcome as an entrance qualification for other degree level courses. The subject encourages analytical, written and practical skills appropriate for a career in the Film and Media Industries as well as in a range of other academic and vocational areas.


Analytical skills

Creative skills

Management skills

Interpersonal skills

Developing a deeper understanding of the world around you

Presentation skills