This subject is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.
Film studies is an open access creative course that requires no previous study of film or prior technical knowledge of film making. Students are guided in the analysis of films, film genre and the international film industry. They will also develop skills in filmmaking, scripting, editing, directing and producing. Students are assessed through practical filmmaking and written coursework.
You will be assessed through the production of a documentary script, a presentation and production of a short film. Those studying Standard Level film studies will be assessed in the same way as those at Higher Level but the elements will be shorter.
This course is an ideal preparation for a number of university courses including film studies, media studies, cultural studies, theatre studies, American studies. The course also develops skills useful for such courses as English, history, sociology and psychology.
Many film studies students that completed Higher Level have gone on to study related courses at university; taken at either Higher Level or Standard Level it stands out as an interesting creative addition to any university application.
You need at least six GCSEs in the 6 to 9 range in a breadth of subjects including English, Maths and Science, and we recommend you have grades 9 to 7 in subjects you wish to study at Higher Level. Film studies is not available in most schools as a GCSE subject, but an ability and interest in English would be a good basis for success in IB film studies.