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Film Studies A Level at Trinity Catholic High School

Course description

Overview of A Level

3 Components
Component 1: 35 % Exam (2.5 hrs)
Filmmaking and Spectatorship
Component 2: 35 % Exam (2.5 hrs)
Varieties of Global Film
Component 3: 30 % Coursework
Practical Filmmaking Production
12 Films in total will be studied and used as a basis for all exam questions.

Course content

The course in Year 12 is broken down into 3 main sections:
Part 1: Key concepts and theories
- Micro-features of film
- Narrative
- Film as aesthetic medium
- Contexts
- Critical Approaches
- Critical Debates

Part 2: Exam Content – Filmmaking and Spectatorship
- Hollywood comparison (1930-60/1961-90)
- Hollywood recent and US contemporary Indie
- Documentary
- Short Film

Part 3: Production Work
- Camera usage
- Editing
- Sound recording
- Practice production

The course in Year 13 is also broken down into 3 main sections:

Part 1: Production Coursework
- Individual production work
- Evaluative report

Part 2: Exam Content – Varieties of Global Film
- UK Film
- Global – European and World Film
- Film Movement – Modernism and Silent Cinema
- Film Movement – Avant Garde and Postmodern

Part 3: Revision
- Recap of all exam topics
- Exemplar responses
- Timed essay writing
- Mark schemes

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A* - C to include a level 5 in English Language and level 5 in English Literature. If Media Studies has been taken a minimum grade B must have been achieved.

Please note that progress from Year 12 to Year 13 is dependent upon passing the Year 12 end-of-year test.


INTERNAL ASSESSMENT: 30% of Overall Grade
In this unit you will be required to individually create a short film production:

Short Film Task:
This task will require you to make a short film which is between 3 and 5 minutes in length. This creative project will require you to demonstrate advanced practical skills and produce a reflective analysis of 1000 words. You will need to plan and construct the work with attention to form and style and the intended audience. Both of these set tasks are marked by your own teacher and moderated by the WJEC Examining Body. It is worth 30% of your overall mark.

We expect our students to have a genuine interest in Film and be prepared to read around the subject including film magazines and visiting websites. Students will also need to be prepared to undertake private research. Self-discipline and a positive attitude to work is essential. Deadlines must be kept and all work completed to a high standard. Homework essays are expected to be word processed.

Subjects which go well with Film Studies are Media Studies, Theatre Studies, English, Art and Communication Studies. With a qualification in Film Studies you could go on to Higher Education or work in the Film or related industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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