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Film Studies A Level at Wyke Sixth Form College

Course description

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.

Course content

The course is divided into three components:

Component 1 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).

Component 2 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).

 

Component 3 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)

Assessment

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.

Last updated date: 28 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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