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A Level Film Studies

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

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Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

The study of film as an art form and an industry is a serious academic discipline with its own theories, concepts and terminology. Film has been one of the most powerful mass media of the 20th and 21st centuries and its study encourages students to make connections with history, art, literature, music, psychology, sociology and economics. The analysis of film language develops skills of cine-literacy which are transferable to many other subjects.

Details

Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking

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: Global filmmaking perspectives

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

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).

How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Written examination: 3 hours, 35% of qualification.

Component 2: Written examination: 3 hours, 35% of qualification.

Component 3: Non-exam assessment, 30% of qualification.

Entry requirements

Sixth Form entry requirements, including Film Studies at grade 6 (if taken) or English Literature or English Language at grade 6.

Your next steps...

The study of film as an art form and an industry is a serious academic discipline with its own theories, concepts and terminology. Film has been one of the most powerful mass media of the 20th and 21st centuries and its study encourages students to make connections with history, art, literature, music, psychology, sociology and economics. The analysis of film language develops skills of cine-literacy which are transferable to many other subjects. The study of film at A Level may help to open doors into many career options, including those in creative and media industries.

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