Examining Board: WJEC, Subject Leader: Miss Middleton
Why take an A level in Film Studies?
For well over a century, film has represented one of the most powerful global means of communicating the local, national, and transnational stories that matter to humankind. Understanding the power of films to reflect reality is part of being a culturally literate and engaged citizen in the fullest sense. The study of cinema is important on a microcosmic and a macrocosmic scale: it allows you to explore the interconnectedness of personal visions, artistic and technological developments, social changes, as well as processes by which cultures and nations are defined through audio-visual means.
The Film Studies A-Level is designed to develop students’ critical thinking, evaluative and analytical skills as well as deepening their understanding of how different cultures express themselves through the medium of film. Students will be exposed to a wide range of film genres and students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film will be greatly enhanced as well as expanding their creativity and practical skills. A variety of forms of assessment are used, with the intention of shaping the students into independent, active learners.
Component 1: Varieties of Film and Film-making including a focus on Hollywood, American film and documentaries. (Examined unit: 35%)
Component 2: Global Film-making perspectives, including modern British Film, Global Film and various film movements. (Examined Unit: 35%)
Component 3: Practical Production (Coursework) - a creative and task with self-evaluation. (30%). This might require a student to write a screenplay or make their own film.
Entry Criteria: GCSE grade 5 in English (Language or Literature)
plus: GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics.