Harborne, Birmingham
0121 429 2838

Film Studies


This course is perfect for anyone with a love of all things to do with film.  You will be introduced to a wide range of films from the early silent films of the 1920s to Hollywood classics such as ET, Vertigo and The Hunger Games. You will also critically engage with foreign language films, experimental films, and short and documentary film forms.  No film studies course would be complete without the chance to make your own film, and as part of the course you will get the chance to script, film and edit your own short film. 

Why choose this?
This is a fun and exciting course that combines academic study with practical tasks. Studying this course will open your eyes to the power of film to entertain, inform and emotionally engage audiences.  You will encounter a wide range of critically acclaimed films and learn about different cultures, societies and time periods through the study of both British and global films. You will also develop your own film-making skills. Film studies is an excellent accompaniment to other creative and discursive subjects such as media studies, English, photography, history, sociology, computing.

Areas of study & assessment
Component 1: Film History
Component 2: Critical Approaches to Film
Component 3: Making a Short Film


  • Trips to Museum of Moving Image and Warner Bros Studios
  • Visiting speakers from industry and higher education
  • Cinema visits

As well as being able to write detailed analyses on the films I know and love, I have been able to enhance my English skills and to delve into a world that opens my eyes to all the aspects of film I once missed; instead of just enjoying the story; I get to sees sides of the film industry I’ve never even noticed before.

A Level Film Studies student