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George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Film Studies

A Level

Students will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form. Film Studies is a subject that by its nature requires candidates to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. It will also develop students’ ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research, valuable skills for both further study and future employment.

Exam board/specification

WJEC 3181

Entry requirements

Minimum of a grade C in GCSE English Language

Progression routes from this course

An A Level in Film Studies can lead to a career as a film director, broadcaster, journalist, film/video/television editor, camera operator, photographer, art director, TV or film producer or production assistant, runner, teacher and many other careers.

Modules/Units

    Component 1: American and British film
  • Section A: Classical Hollywood
  • Section B: Hollywood since the 1960s
  • Section C: Contemporary American independent film
  • Section D: British film (comparative study)

  • Component 2: Varieties of film
  • Section A: Film movements (two-film study)
  • Section B: Documentary film
  • Section C: Global film (two-film study)
  • Section D: Short film

  • Component 3:
  • Production

Assessment

    Component 1: American and British film
    Written examination: 3 hours 35% of qualification.

    This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films.
  • Section A: Classical Hollywood: One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one US Hollywood Studio film.
  • Section B: Hollywood since the 1960s (two-film study) One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two American films, one produced between 1961 and 1990 and the other more recent.
  • Section C: Contemporary American independent film One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one American independent film.
  • Section D: British film (comparative study) One question from a choice of two, requiring a comparison of two British films, one produced between 1930 and 1960 and the other more recent.

  • Component 2: Varieties of film Written examination: 3 hours 35% of qualification

    This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films and one compilation of short films.
  • Section A: Film movements (two-film study) One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to at least one film from the silent era.
  • Section B: Documentary film One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one documentary film.
  • Section C: 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 D: Short film One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to a compilation of short films.

  • 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) and a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay
  • an evaluative analysis (1250-1500 words).

 

 

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