Film Studies A-Level at New College Pontefract
Film Studies provides you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, evaluative and written skills, by exploring films that range from the culturally significant artefact to the populist box office smash. Critical autonomy will be developed and students will have the opportunity to demonstrate some creativity in their coursework unit.
Year 12 Units
Unit 1: Internal Assessment [40%]
Analysis of a film extract – 1500 words: A02 (30 marks)
Candidates are required to explore how one or more of mise-en-scène, performance, cinematography, editing, and sound construct meaning and provoke response in a film extract.
Creative Project: (50 marks)
Film Sequence or short film (extended step outline, storyboard or film), and reflective analysis.
Unit 2: Examination – 2½ hours [60%]
Section A: Producers and Audiences
Section B: British Film Topics
Section C: US Cinema Comparative Study
Year 13 Units
Unit 3: Internal Assessment [50%]
Small-Scale Research Project (40 marks)
Creative Project: (60 marks)
Unit 4: Examination – 2¾ hours [50%]
Section A: World Cinema
Section B: Spectatorship Topics
Section C: Single Film – Close Critical Study
Different films should be used as the basis for answers in all three sections.
Level 5 English Language or Level 5 English Literature
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Film Studies will teach you how to analyse cultural texts, and how to summarise complex information in your own words. As such, it is a good preparation for Arts and Humanities degree courses, and will provide a good basis for jobs in a wide variety of areas from the Civil Service, the Media, Education, Local Government, Personnel and Human Resources Management to Public Relations.
What skills do I need?
- An ability to write fluently, accurately and coherently
- An enthusiasm for cinema that goes beyond the usual mass-market movies
- An awareness of the kind of analytical skills used in English
How will I be taught?
The subject is taught by either one or two teachers, using a wide variety of methods. These include small group work, whole class discussion, independent study and supportive one-to-one feedback from your teacher.
Resources for the subject will be available via the college’s virtual learning environment, Moodle.
As an approximate guideline AS subjects require three to four hours of independent study each; A2 subjects four to five hours each and GCSE subjects two hours each.
What materials will I need to purchase?
You will need your own pens, paper and folders.
Film Studies is for you if: You enjoy analysing and writing weekly essays about cinematography, narrative and the creation of meaning in film.
Film Studies is not for you if: You don't like tackling new concepts, writing essays or watching foreign or black and white films.
How to apply
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