- Course Code: 042090-Y1
- Duration: 2 academic years
- Validated by: Welsh Joint Education Committee
- Study mode: Full Time
In A-Level Film Studies you will study the key methods by which film-makers generate meaning (such as genre, narrative, camera, sound and editing) and the diverse ways in which audiences respond. You will also study how the film industry works as a business and how we, as consumers, can influence it.
- What will I study?
Film Studies is currently a part of the reformation of A Level process. Below is part of the draft specification which is subject to change. When we know more we will update this page!
Component 1: American film
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three American films. Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study): focus on contexts One two-part question, requiring reference to two Hollywood films, one produced between 1930 and 1960 and the other between 1961 and 1990. There is a choice of question in the second part. Section B: Contemporary American independent film: focus on spectatorship One two-part question, requiring reference to one contemporary American independent film (produced after 2010). There is a choice of questions in the second part.
Component 2: European film
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of two British films (a comparative study) and one non-English language European film. Section A: British film (two-film study): focus on narrative One two-part question, requiring reference to two recent British films. There is a choice of question in the second part. Section B: Non-English language European film: focus on film poetics One two-part question, requiring reference to one non-English language European film. There is a choice of questions in the second part.
Component 3: Coursework – 30% of the overall grade
This component assesses one production and its accompanying evaluative analysis. Production: A screenplay for an extract from a film highlighting narrative construction of between 1200 and 1400 words plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay (approximately 1½ minutes' screen time, corresponding to approximately 15 storyboard shots). Evaluative analysis: An evaluative analysis (1000-1250 words) of the production in comparison with other professionally produced films or screenplays.
- Entry Requirements
To study A-Level Film Studies you will need 5 Cs at GCSE (or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs)
Also an interest in all things Film.
- How will I be assessed?
A-Level students will be assessed by written exam and coursework.
- What can I do next?
You could go on to continue your studies at University where an A-Level in Film Studies could help you to get a place on a wide variety of degree courses.
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