Film Studies A Level at Wyke Sixth Form College
Film Studies is a great choice for anyone looking to improve their skills in essay writing, research and film production, in a subject that’s constantly pushing boundaries through its creative use of technology. A Level Film Studies prepares you for further academic study, whilst enabling you to build a filmmaking portfolio – essential for entry into employment within the creative industries.
The WJEC Eduqas A level in Film Studies aims to enable learners to demonstrate 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.
It also aims to enable learners to:
- apply critical approaches to film and
- apply knowledge and understanding of film through either filmmaking or screenwriting.
The course is divided into three components:
Varieties of Film and Filmmaking 35% of A Level course
(2.5hr exam paper at the end of Y2, 120 marks)
- Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (40 marks)
- Section B: American Film since 2005 (40 marks)
- Section C: British Film since 1995 (40 marks)
For this paper, you will study 6 feature-length films from a wide range of set texts which may include: Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958), Blade Runner (Scott, 1982), Sightseers (Wheatley, 2012) and Under The Skin (Glazer, 2013).
Global Filmmaking Perspectives 35% of A Level course
(2.5hr exam paper at the end of Y2, 100 marks)
- Section A: Global Film (40 marks)
- Section B: Documentary Film (20 marks)
- Section C: Silent Cinema (20 marks)
- Section D: Experimental Film (20 marks)
For this paper, you will study 6 feature-length films from a wide range of set texts including: Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006), City of God (Mereilles, 2002), Amy (Kapadia, 2015), Sunrise (Murnau, 1927) and Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994).
Production 30% of A Level course
(5 min short film - Y1 and Y2 Non-Examined Assessment, 60 marks)
- Analyse existing short films and screenplays to develop your own ideas
- Plan your production
- Create your production (40 marks)
- Evaluation your production. (20 marks)
70% Examination, 30% Coursework
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyke Sixth Form College directly.