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Film Studies A-Level Film Studies

Subject Film Studies Exam Board WJEC Eduqas Specification Numbers 603/0321/2

Teacher Responsible

Ms Parish

Introduction The course is designed to introduce A-Level learners to a wide variety of films from different eras, countries and genres. Learners will foster an understanding of film, the range of responses films can generate and how these responses are created.

Aims of the Course

Component 1: Varieties of film and film-making For this component, learners must study: two Hollywood films, one from the Classical Hollywood period (1930-1960) and the other from the New Hollywood period (comparative study 1961-1990), twoAmerican films produced since 2005, onemainstream film and one contemporary independent film (two-film study), and two British films (two- film study). Component 2: Global film-making perspectives For this component, learners must study: two non-English language films, one European and one from outside Europe (two-film study), one documentary film, one film option from a 1920s silent film movement, and one film option from an experimental film movement.

Component 3: Production (either a screenplay for a short film or a short film)

How You Are Assessed

A-Level Film Studies is a 2 year linear qualification with 70% external assessment by examination and 30% non-exam assessment (NEA).

This qualification consists of two components that are externally assessed (Components 1 and 2) and one component that is assessed by the centre and externally moderated (Component 3). Component 1: Varieties of film and film-making - written examination, 2 and a half hours (35% of qualification) Component 2: Global film-making perspectives - written examination, 2 and a half hours (35% of qualification) Component 3: Production – coursework (30% of qualification) Universities offer a wide range of film and media courses. The creative industries employment sector has increased by 19.5% since 2011 and now employs around 2 million people in the UK. One in six jobs in London is now within the creative economy and 2016 government figures show the sector growing at almost twice the rate of the wider UK economy, generating almost £9.6 million per hour.

Links to Future Careers

Entry Requirement Grade 4 in either English Literature or English Language

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