Post 16 Film Studies at George Salter Academy, West Bromwich

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George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Film Studies


film studiesKS5 Film Studies is affiliated with the English Department at George Salter Academy; the course is delivered by a highly skilled team of professionals who are enthusiastic about the exploration of narrative through moving image texts and about the film industry.

The teaching of KS5 Film Studies takes place in a well- equipped Post 16 room; an interactive whiteboard, a bank of mini DVD players, digital recording equipment and a bank of mini laptops are all available for the creative use of Post 16 students.

Study Support

The department offers a wide range of opportunities in order for all students to engage actively, to have exciting experiences and fulfil their potential within the subject at key stage 5. Monday evening after-school study support sessions, Saturday booster sessions as well as extra Film Studies lessons during school holidays are all available to enhance learning.


Mrs J Ford, email:


Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Film Studies is not offered at Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

Film Studies is not offered at Key Stage 4.

Post 16

Year 12

In Year 12 AS students will produce a coursework folder containing:

  • A written analysis of how the micro aspects of a film extract produce meanings and responses (1500 words)
  • One creative project that can either be a photographic storyboard, an extended step outline or a film extract.  A reflective analysis must also be produced analysing how successfully the student believes they have used micro features.

The coursework is worth 40% of the AS level qualification, 20% of the A2.

For summer examination students will study aspects of British and American film.  The 2.5 hour paper tests the following:

  • Section A:Response to stimulus material set by Awarding Body based on producers and audiences of film
  • Section B: Topics in British Film.  Students at George Salter Academy currently study the Horror Genre for Section B.
  • Section C: US Film - Comparative study of two films

The examination is worth 60% of the AS qualification, 30% of the A2.

Year 13

In Year 13 A2 students will produce a coursework folder containing:

  • A small-scale research project on a film subject of the candidate’s choice
  • A creative project that can either be an original screenplay extract (approx.1800 words), an extended step outline for a 30 min documentary (approx.1800 words) or a film extract or short film (3-5 min).

The coursework is worth 25% of the A2 qualification.

For summer examination students will study film Issues and Debates.  The 2 ¾ hour paper tests the following:

  • Section A: World Cinema topics.  Urban Studies – Power, Poverty and Conflict
  • Section B: Spectatorship topics. In this unit students currently study Emotional Response to film
  • Section C: Single Film - Critical Study.  Fight Club is our current focus film.


Exam results 2014 2015 2016
AS Film Studies 88% A-C;
100% A-E
82% A-C
100% A-E
86% A-C
100% A-E
A2 Film Studies not offered 50% A-C
100% A-E
63% A-C
100% A-E
Table of Film Studies exam results 2014-2016


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