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Barclay Academy

Barclay Academy


Head of Department: Mrs L. Norman

Film is a relevant and exciting medium, the use of which can have a profound effect on the way we see the world. Film studies is much more than simply watching films, but is, instead, a highly-regarded academic discipline, encompassing both the critical, historical and cultural study of the film industry as well as analysis of ‘film form’.


At A-Level, we follow the WJEC specification in film studies. This is a wide-ranging and varied course, designed both to include a wide variety of engaging and innovative examples from British, American and global cinema, as well as to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of the world and its diversity. Students will develop their practical and creative skills through the exciting opportunity either to write for screen or to make and edit their own films. They will also explore the depiction of different cultures, people and places in film and, in so doing, will be encouraged to keep an open mind and question their own ideas about gender, race, equality, nationality and British values.