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A Level Film Studies (WJEC)

Studying Film Studies at BSix
Film Studies is a wide and exciting subject to study. Film is widely acknowledged as a major art form of the 20th Century and today film continues to be an important part of most people's cultural experience. A level Film Studies is designed to build upon your own experience of film – as consumers and creators – and to encourage recognition of the complexity of this experience within an increasingly globalised environment.

This course allows you to study films and the ways in which they are experienced, the importance of visual representation in today's global society and the place film has in communicating ideas, attitudes and cultural beliefs, both now and in the past.

What does Film Studies at BSix involve?
In film studies we pride ourselves in delivering varied and interesting lessons in order to provide all students with opportunities to work in the ways which suit them best whilst allowing them to develop a wide range of skills. Lessons may include:

  • A lecture or teacher-led discussion to introduce key themes
  • Film screenings followed by Class debate and discussion
  • Individual and small group presentations
  • Note-making and essay writing

Core topic areas includes studies of; the Film industry both USA and UK, Boarders and belongings a study of cinema that reflects a personal or national identity, comparative study an American generic cinema, the social and political issues present in world cinema and a study of our own emotional response cinema.

Core Film Texts Studied at A level are;
This is England Goodfellas A Clockwork Orange
Dirty Pretty Things La Haine Up
Four Lions City of God American Beauty
American Gangster


Fight Club

Film Studies beyond the classroom

Film studies involves learning beyond the class room. Students regularly attend film screenings and festivals, Q&A sessions with well know film makers, actors and film industry career days hosted by industry professionals.

Recent Events include;

  • An audience with Gary Oldham
  • A visit to the University of East Anglia
  • A study day with working title films
  • An audience with Idris Elba
  • Numerous film screening including three premier screenings
  • Q and A's with directors Ken Loach and François Ozon

Testimonials from BSix Film Studies Alumni

Sky, Drama Student, Brunel University Drama Student and former BSix Film Studies student:
'Film studies taught me to observe and understand finer details. Not just in film, but through every aspect of my work now'.

Aisha, Goldsmiths English Student and former BSix Film Studies student:
Film studies was that two- year beautiful period of my life where I did nothing, annoy the teacher and stuff my face with food in lessons. I'll never use it again, apart from when I'm trying to enjoy a film and I start noticing mise- en - scene and angles. Thank you, Mr. Lickley:- You have forever ruined film for me…..
…….seriously though, studying film has been a great experience, I have learnt to look at things from different perspectives and I would suggest everyone to study it, as it's a life- enriching experience. I'm studying English at Uni. now, and studying film has been useful throughout. It's been incorporated in all the modules and will continue to do so.

If you have any questions about our courses please contact the Admissions team on 0800 3892 947 or via e-mail to info@bsix.ac.uk and we will arrange for a curriculum specialist to respond to your enquiry

Mark Lickley
Mark Lickley studied Film Studies to MA level with UCL and has over ten years' experience of teaching A level Film Studies.

Georgia Vincent
Georgia Vincent has a BA in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex and an MA in Education. She has taught Film Studies at BSix for six years.

Recommended Reading
Getting you thinking:

Ways of Seeing (John Berger, Penguin, 1972)
Good basic introductions:
Teach yourself Film Studies (Warren Buckland, Teach Yourself, 2008)
Introduction to Film (Nick Lacey Palgrave 2005)
How to Read a Film (James Monaco, Oxford University Press, 2009)
For the more ambitious reader:
Signs and Meaning in Cinema (Peter Wollen, BFI, 1972)
Film Art (Bordwell and Thompson, McGraw-Hill, 2004)