"No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls" Ingmar Bergman

Welcome to CCGS A level Film Studies, a course which been designed to ignite a passion for film within our students, through allowing them to understand the importance of film in popular culture whilst encouraging them to develop a broader cultural and historical perspective on this academic area of study. We believe that, in an increasingly media-saturated world, the study of film, and the film industry, is integral to a critical understanding of the modern world. Students of A level Film Studies develop excellent intellectual, communicative, writing and research skills, providing the foundation for a wide range of career opportunities; many of our students go on to study different aspects of film, media or journalism at university.

We study OCR A Level Film (H401), a course which encourages students to engage with a wide range of critically acclaimed films across major genres with a view to attaining a deeper understanding of film form in order to develop a confident, personal response to film through detailed textual analysis. The course provides the opportunity to enjoy films from different cultural perspectives and historical periods, covering the very birth of cinema in the Silent Era right up to the present day, as well as exploring various forms of film, including documentary, shorts and experimental cinema. In addition, our students have the opportunity to engage in practical work, such as the production of their own short film or screenplay.

We believe the subject is enjoyable and exciting, whilst also being stimulating and academically rigorous. GCSE study of film is not required.

"Cinema is a mirror in which we often see ourselves" Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu