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Film Studies AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

Welcome to Film Studies at WJEC, a popular and student‐ centred subject which allows students to study all aspects of film from the UK as well as from the USA. The subject combines particularly well with English, Art, Sociology, Psychology, History and Business Studies, though since it is multidisciplinary, Film Studies can complement any combination of subjects.

Obviously, Film Studies suits students who enjoy watching films. However, it should be stressed that Film Studies is an academic approach to the study of film; students should therefore be interested in finding out what goes on behind the scenes. Whilst we have some resources for film production, a significant part of the assessment consists of writing, including essays as exam practice and coursework production.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1: FM1 40% Internal Assessment - Exploring Film Form

  • One analysis of the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of the candidate's choice. (1500 words) (30 marks)
  • One creative project ‐ a short film (50 marks) (short film ‐  40 marks and reflective analysis ‐ 10 marks)

Unit 2: FM2 60% External Assessment - British and American Film 
2½ hours Written Exam Paper 

  • Three questions, one from each section:
    Section A: Response to stimulus material set by Awarding Body (in exam) based on producers and audiences of film (40 marks)
    Section B: Topics in British Film (40 marks)
    Section C: US Film ‐ Comparative study of two films (40 marks)

A2 Level  
(The above plus a further 2 units)

Unit 3: FM3 50% Internal Assessment - Film Research and Creative Projects

  • A small‐scale research project (40 marks)
  • Creative project  ‐ a short film (60 marks) (short film  ‐ 45 marks and reflective analysis ‐ 15 marks)

Unit 4: FM4 50% External Assessment – Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates
2¾ hours Written Exam Paper

  • Three questions, one from each section.
    Section A: World Cinema topics (35 marks)
    Section B: Spectatorship topics (35 marks)
    Section C: Single Film – Critical Study (30 marks)

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages.   


Examining Body:  WJEC

Future opportunities

The study of Film could lead to a career within the industry, such as film production as well as opportunities in journalism.  Universities offer an increasing number of Film Studies courses, ranging from the very practical to the very theoretical; there are also many courses in media and communication. Universities and colleges are aware that students who did well in Film Studies will have good essay‐ writing skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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