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Film Studies

A Level

Many consider film to be the main cultural innovation of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective.

Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a powerful medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.

Exam board/specification

WJEC

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE English. It is preferable that you also have a C+ qualification in GCSE English Literature.

Progression routes from this course

An A Level in Film Studies provides a real foundation for:

  • The study of Film Studies or related areas in a range of higher education degree courses
  • Progression to the next level of applied qualifications (e.g. HND)
  • Direct entry into employment.

Modules/Units

    Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking
    Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives
    Component 3: Production

Assessment

    Component 1: 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).
    • 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.
    • Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study) One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two British films.

    Component 2: Written examination: 2½ hours. 35% of qualification.

    This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films (or their equivalent).
    • 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.
    • Section B: Documentary film - One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one documentary film.
    • Section C: Film movements – Silent cinema One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one silent film or group of films. Section D: Film movements – Experimental film (1960-2000) One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one film option.

    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).

     

 

Exam results 2015 2016 2017
AS Film Studies 82% A-C
100% A-E
86% A-C
100% A-E
44% A-C
100% A-E
A2 Film Studies 50% A-C
100% A-E
63% A-C
100% A-E
60% A-C
100% A-E
Table of Film Studies exam results 2015-2017

 

 

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