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Film Studies A Level at Thomas Tallis School

Course description

Film studies is all about analysis and interpretation as Tarantino’s comment above suggests. Filmmakers ‘construct’ their films from key elements to impact an audience and audiences read those elements, make meaning and respond. It’s this meaning making relationship between filmmakers and audiences that’s explored in A level Film Studies. You’ll watch films, have great discussion and given our history of outstanding results, you’ll probably end up with an impressive A level result too.

Aims of the course You will develop a knowledge and understanding of:
- a diverse range of film, including documentary, film from the silent era, experimental film and short film
- the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts
- film and its key contexts, including social, cultural, political, historical and technological contexts
- how films generate meanings and responses
- film as an aesthetic medium
- the different ways in which spectators respond to film.

You will develop the ability to apply:
- critical approaches to film
- your knowledge and understanding of film through either filmmaking or screenwriting.

Course content

We have decided to teach only the two year, linear A level course. We will not be offering an AS qualifi- cation at the end of Year 12. We believe that completing the two year course, and being assessed at the end, will both enhance your chance of success and improve your understanding of film studies.

Component 1:
Externally set examination
35% of A Level
3 hour written exam (120 marks)

Component 2:
Externally set examination
35% of A Level
3 hour written exam (120 marks)

Component 3:
Controlled assessment
30% of A Level
No time limit (60 marks)

Assessment

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of elements of film

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of elements of film to:
- analyse and compare films, including through the use of critical approaches
- evaluate the significance of critical approaches
- analyse and evaluate own work in relation to other professionally produced work

AO3: Apply knowledge and understanding of elements of film to the production of a film or screenplay.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Tallis School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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