Media/Film Studies

Media and Film Studies

Whether it is film and TV, radio and podcasts, social media blog, vlogs and websites, or anything else in-between – media plays a central role in all of our lives. Distinguishing between truth and fiction, establishing a sense of self identity and understanding the way media texts are constructed, exhibited and consumed has never been so relevant.

The study of Media at Falmouth School will develop your analytical skills, communication and technological creativity.

Whether you choose to pursue a career in film, television, journalism, online media or take your skills into business – we aim to impart knowledge, inspire creativity and help you negotiate and make sense of the media saturated world around us.

Both Media and Film compliment and cross over into History, Psychology, Business, Photography and Performing Arts as well as share the same analytical and evaluative writing skills as English.


At Key Stage 4

BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Media Production

In Year 9 students can opt to study a BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Media Production. This three year course allows us to study different media products across a range of platforms including computer games, vlogging, advertising, social media, film, TV, music videos and magazines. We investigate the way the media industry has changed and discuss whether society influences the media or whether the media influences society.

Across the three years the students complete three portfolios of work with research tasks, analysis of texts and products, practical productions and evaluative reflections.

3 Components:

Exploring Media Texts

Developing Digital Media Production Skills

Responding to a Media Brief/Commission


At Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production

Post-16 we offer the Level 3 certificate in Creative Digital Media. This course is split into 4 units across the two years and covers a wide range of media products and theory. Students can really personalise the course content to suit their own interests and strengths. We encourage independence and critical thinking skills as well as the ability to be creative. The course uses industry style tasks and scenarios for the students to respond to and is a fantastic gateway into degrees or work within the Media.

4 Units:

Media Representation

Pre-production portfolio

Responding to a commission

Digital Magazine Production  / Film Production / Website Production


A level Film Studies

We offer a Film Studies A Level course which is dynamic and far reaching. Across the two years the students will study the origins of film and the Silent Film era with the works of Buster Keaton and film pioneers like the Lumière Brothers and George Méilès and then look at Classic Hollywood from 1927-1960 moving into the New Hollywood age commenting on the societal changes, technological advances and the studio systems.

We move on to look at British Film and directors and the political backdrop of film as well as Independent Cinema and the business, industry and institutional side of film.

Finally we are able to look at European and World Cinema and various visual, audio and directorial styles. Each section has a small number of prescribed films to watch, and study in depth and detail. All of this knowledge is tested in one exam in the first year and two in the second year.

Underpinning this course is a practical element which involves two tasks throughout the two years. In the first year the focus is on creating a film extract focussing on genre and in the second year on developing narratives and creating a complete short film. We have entered work into the bi-annual CreatEd exhibition at Falmouth University and have received outstanding feedback on the quality of practical work exhibited.

Film Studies is fantastically diverse course which introduces film theory, explores politics, discusses identity and self-expression as well as celebrates creativity.

Again this is a course which compliments History, English, Preforming Arts, Music, Media, Art, Photography, Sociology and Psychology.

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Head of Department:

Dr M Magro