Minerva Learning Trust

Film Studies

A Level Eduqas

Film Studies is an exciting, forward looking and successful subject at High Storrs, which is reflected in the popularity of the subject.

Students will study a wide range of movies from: ‘Pulp Fiction’; to ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’; ‘Trainspotting’ to ‘Shaun of the Dead’. These studies will be combined with investigations into cinematic technique to give an excellent understanding of all aspects of the film making process. Students will gain a good grasp of cinematic techniques and the ability to use editing software, DSLR cameras and sound recording equipment.

The Film Studies department takes an active role in whole school activities, and provides a variety of extra-curricular opportunities for students. Students will need to have a lively interest in the world of film; creative assignments make up a significant part of the coursework element, so a dynamic and imaginative personality is essential. 


Paper 1- 35%

  • Written examination
  • Varieties of film and filmmaking
  • Assessed on knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films 

Paper 2 - 35%

  • Written examination 
  • Global filmmaking perspectives 
  • Assessed on knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films

Non-Exam Assessment (Coursework) - 30%

  • Practical filmmaking 
  • Production 

Skills Developed and Career Prospects

Students will develop their skills in teamwork, organisation, creativity, analysis, writing and of course camera, sound and editing skills. The course combines well with many A Levels including: English Language, History, Classics, Economics and Sociology.

Many of our students progress to study Film at degree level before entering the film industry. Former students now work as Camera Crew, Editors, Set Designers and Directors. Students have also won awards at national film festivals.

High Storrs Sixth Form Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics