Media / Film Studies
Curriculum, vision and aims.
Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Being film literate in our 21st century is a vital skill for any young adult; those of us who teach this subject offer our sixth form students an in-depth knowledge and understanding of film as a powerful historical, socio-cultural and politically significant medium. This department focusses on developing a student’s advanced academic skills set including critical thinking and analytical skills, research skills and academic writing capability. We nurture and direct a student’s creative talents and enable the individual student to gain a broader world view through the variety of films selected for study. Film Studies consequently has the potential to make an important contribution to a student’s academic and personal understanding of the world regardless of the pathway that they choose to take when they leave our Sixth Form.
This department has an open-door policy: teachers make themselves available for one-on-one tutorial advice throughout the working week; the editing room affords access throughout the teaching day for practical production support related to component 3 of the specification, personal projects and competitions.
The department consists of two fully qualified teachers both of whom have a specialist knowledge of Film Studies, as well as a background in English and Media Studies. We adapt our teaching according to a student’s individual ability and needs – to offer ambitious academic challenge whilst being aware of the individual learning needs of each student – revisiting knowledge and assessing a student’s individual understanding to enable each student to reach their true potential. Students are further supported by a Media Technician, a Film Producer in his own right who supports our students through every stage of the practical process of film making as a component of the A-Level course.
Most importantly, we believe that students enjoy, engage and thrive in their Film Studies lessons because this long-standing department, known for its outstanding results, offers a true passion for the study of film.
Course Introduction Video
Subject Contacts for Support
In the first instance please contact your child’s class teacher using their school email address. The class teacher is in the best position to answer general questions as they will know your child better than anyone.
For more specific questions please contact the following staff by email:
Mrs C. Flintoft-Howe (Head Of Department)
We will endeavour to reply to any correspondence as soon as possible. If you would like to contact us by telephone please contact school on 01909 771291. They will inform us of your call and we will answer if available or arrange to phone you back.