George Salter Academy

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

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Film Studies

Level 2

This course is designed to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. Students will engage with a wide range 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. The department promotes learning within alternative environments, organising cinema trips, library visits and visiting speakers.

Exam board/specification

WJEC GCSE (L2) Film Studies – QAN code 603/0889/8

Entry requirements

There are no specific requirements for prior learning with this specification.

Progression routes from this course

AS film studies/media studies.

Modules/Units

    Component 1: Key Developments in US Film
  • Section A: US film comparative study
  • Section B: Key developments in film and film technology
  • Section C: US independent film

  • Component 2: Global Film: Narrative, Representation and Film Style
  • Section A: global English language films
  • Section B: global non-English language films
  • Section C: contemporary UK films

  • Component 3: Production

Assessment

    Assessment Component 1
  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (35% of qualification)

  • Assessment consists of four questions on one pair of US mainstream films and one US independent film.

    Section A: US film comparative study
  • one stepped question on the first of the chosen pair of films (produced between 1930 and 1960)
  • one stepped question on the second of the chosen pair of films (produced between 1961 and 1990)
  • one question requiring a comparison of the chosen pair of films

  • Section B: Key developments in film and film technology
  • one multi-part question on developments in film and film technology

  • Section C: US independent film
  • one question on one US independent film.

  • Component 2: Global Film: Narrative, Representation and Film Style

    Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (35% of qualification)

    This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three global films produced outside the US chosen from a range of options. Assessment consists of three questions in three sections:
  • Section A: one stepped question on one global English language film
  • Section B: one stepped question on one global non-English language film
  • Section C: one stepped question on one contemporary UK film

  • Component 3: Production

    Non-exam assessment (30% of qualification)

    This component assesses the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of film to a production and its accompanying evaluative analysis. Learners produce:
  • one genre-based film extract (either from a film or from a screenplay)
  • one evaluative analysis of the production, where learners analyse and evaluate their production in relation to comparable, professionally-produced films or screenplays

 

 

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