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Film Studies

A LEVEL (WJEC)

What interests should I have if I want to take this course?

Students taking this course should have an interest in watching a wide range of films from different genres and eras.  They should enjoy the opportunity to work independently to analyse and research films that interest them and be prepared to work creatively to produce their own short screenplays. They should be interested in examining the social, political and cultural influences that have impacted on film production over the years and be curious about the production and marketing of films in the modern film industry.  Most of all, to get the most out of the course, they must have a genuine enthusiasm and love for film.

What will I learn about?

You will study a wide range of film styles, from the silent comedy of Buster Keaton, through the golden age of Hollywood, to contemporary independent films such as Boyhood.  You will examine film form through close analysis of films as diverse as David Lynch’s The Grandmother and Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting.  You will also be given the opportunity to express your own creativity in the non-examined element of the course.

Component 1 – Investigating the Media

For this component, you will study six feature-length films.  In section A, two Hollywood films – from between 1930 & 1990 – will be studied for comparison.  In section B, two contemporary American films – one mainstream film and one contemporary independent film – made after 2005 will be studied.  Section C examines two British films made since 1995.

Component 2 – Global filmmaking perspectives

For this component, you will study five feature-length films. Section A concentrates on Global Film and you will study two films, one European, one made outside of Europe.  Section B focuses you on one Documentary film.  Section C examines a group of short films from the Silent Cinema era, with Section D focusing on one Experimental film made between 1960 and 2000.

Component 3 – Production

This non-examined component assesses one production piece and its evaluative analysis.  You will be expected to produce:

  • A screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay
  • An evaluative analysis (1600-1800 words)

Assessment takes place in school, with marks validated by an external moderator.  The component is worth 30% of the qualification.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1 – Investigating the Media 
A 2 hour 30 minute written exam worth 35% of the qualification.

Component 2 – Global filmmaking perspectives 
A 2 hour 30 minute written exam worth 35% of the qualification.

Component 3 – Production 
Assessment takes place in school, with marks validated by an external moderator. The component is worth 30% of the qualification.

What can I do when I complete my qualifications?

This course, because of its focus on developing critical, analytical and research skills, is widely accepted by all major institutions but could lead to a career in film, journalism (broadcast and written) or wider media industries; the possibilities are endless.

How can I find out more information?

If you have any further questions please contact Mr Scott in the English Department.