Film Studies

Film Studies
SUBJECT - FILM STUDIES
ADMISSIONS - Students are recommended to have preferably achieved grade 6s at least in English Language and Literature. You should have a genuine interest in film and sound essay writing skills.
SPECIFICATION – WJEC Eduqas  A level Film Studies code A670QS
COURSE - This course of study encourages learners to watch, engage critically with and explore a wide range of film; to develop and sustain confident, personal responses to film via textual analysis; and to enjoy a variety of critically acclaimed films across the major genres. These include films from different cultural perspectives, films from the Silent Era to the present day, and different forms of film, including documentary, shorts and experimental.
A LEVEL UNITS 

Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking

Written examination: 2½ hours 35% of qualification

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films.

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two Hollywood films, one from the

Classical Hollywood period (1930-1960) and the other from the New Hollywood period

(1961-1990). Currently Vertigo and Blade Runner

Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study)

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two American films, one mainstream

film and one contemporary independent film. Currently Inception and Boyhood

Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study)

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two British films. Currently This is England and Trainspotting.

Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives

Written examination: 2½ hours 35% of qualification

Section A: Global film (two-film study)

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two global films: one European and one

produced outside Europe. Currently Pan’s Labyrinth and City of God

Section B: Documentary film

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one documentary film. Currently Amy

Section C: Film movements Silent cinema

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one silent film or group of films. Currently Buster Keaton

Section D: Film movements Experimental film (1960-2000)

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one film option. Currently Pulp Fiction

Component 3: Production

Non-exam assessment 30% of qualification

This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. Learners produce:

  • · either a short film (4-5 minutes) or 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 - As in most subjects, assessment is by a variety of methods: there will be an emphasis on reading, discussing, summarising, analysing, individual and group research, essay planning and writing, oral presentations and creative exercises. There will be opportunities for students to assess work themselves against the examination criteria, and a series of core assignments in each unit.

CAREERS - Journalism, teaching, television and film production and marketing; generalist arts-based careers such as arts administration.