Film is a form of art. Film Studies students have a love for the medium coupled with a desire to explore texts beyond mainstream Hollywood productions. They explore documentary, television, video and digital video – including streaming services such as Netflix – and, at The Golden Circle, are taught by inspiring, qualified teachers with experience of the A Level curriculum. Through structured, academically rigorous lessons, our Film students are trained in critical, theoretical, and historical thinking and analysis.

Teaching includes discussions, film clips, essay planning and exam technique practice. Our approach leads to a broad knowledge of cinema, the societies and people that create them, and the technologies they use. Film students develop the critical tools to reveal their meaning and articulate their ideas concisely. Students are taught the art of essay writing, from planning, to developing ideas and using quotes or evidence appropriately.

Practical work is an important part of the Film Studies course. We offer students the opportunity to explore creative practice in digital video and sound, including the use of professional cameras, audio equipment and editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro. We encourage students to explore Film outside of lessons and offer advice on careers in the film industry, media and communications, the arts and related professions.

Expert teachers have a passion for Film Studies. In addition to teaching, they lead Film Societies, are actively involved in projects at the British Film Institute, and hold PhDs in Film Studies. This leads to success in A Level exams and higher education.

"Alice has been absolutely brilliant with my son. Extremely professional, kind, patient and I know they have made good progress."

Mother of an A Level Film Studies student

"As we approach the end of exams, I just wanted to thank Ruaraidh for his unwavering support and dedication over the last 12 months. My daughter was so inspired by his lessons and something just ‘clicked’. After many years of struggling to structure an essay, Ruaraidh’s lessons taught her this important skill and unlocked a love of creative writing. We have seen improvements in her exam results and her confidence. I know this skill set will set her up for university and beyond. We are so grateful."

Parent of a Year 13 student


  • Ruaraidh


    "A great book can change the way we look at the world. That's why we read them."

    Ruaraidh holds a degree in English Literature and Film Studies from the University of Warwick, and an MA in English from King’s College London. He completed his PGCE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme in 2015. Ruariadh has taught Film Studies A Level and English at GCSE and A Level for the past 7 years at a South London school. In addition to his role as a classroom teacher, Ruaraidh is a A Level Creative Writing Examiner and Private Tutor in Film Studies and English.

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