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Film Studies A level at Oaks Park High School

Course description

This inspiring new specification aims to encourage students to: 

  • Enjoy and appreciate film and its cultural value; 
  • Understand the role film plays in their daily lives and the lives of others; 
  • Develop a critical understanding of film through film texts, concepts and historical perspectives, by creatively applying practical skills. 
  • Explore production processes, technologies and contexts. 
Students can move on to this A Level from many GCSE subjects and don't need any knowledge of film. Its a great choice for anyone looking to improve their skills in essay writing, research and enquiry in a subject that's constantly pushing boundaries in the creative arts through its use of technology, and has a huge influence on society. 
 

Course content

Unit F631: Film Text and Context - 50% First Year, 25% Second Year qualification
 
Section A: Contemporary English Language Film:  One question from a choice of two (40 marks) 
Section B: Cinema in Context:  Two questions from a choice of four topic areas (2 x 30 marks) 
Total: 100 marks / 2-hour exam 
 
Unit F632: Foundation Portfolio in Film - 50% First Year, 25% Second Year qualification
 
Students produce a portfolio consisting of: 
  • A textual analysis of two contemporary English language film texts (40 marks) 
  • Evidence of planning for a creative artefact, which should be related to the textual analysis (10 marks) 
  • A creative artefact (30 marks) 
  • An evaluation of the work produced (20 marks) 
The texts studied should not include more than one film produced in Hollywood. Total: 100 marks
 
Unit F633: Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives - 25% of the full A Level
 
Section A: Messages and Values in Global Film (Non-English Language Film):  One compulsory question (50 marks) 
Section B: Critical Engagement with Film and Cinema (no language restrictions):  One question from a choice of three topic areas (50 marks) 
Total: 100 marks / 2-hour exam 
 
Unit F634: Creative Investigation in Film - 25% of the full A Level
 
Students produce a portfolio consisting of: 
  • Independent research into a topic within the field of Film Studies (40 marks) 
  • Evidence of planning for a filmed/non-filmed sequence, which should be related to the candidate's research (10 marks) 
  • A creative realisation of the planned work (30 marks) 
  • A critical evaluation of the work produced (20 marks)
Total: 100 marks (There are no language restrictions in this unit) 
 

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language grade C. Plus GCSE Media Studies or Film Studies at grade C studied) plus an interest in Media and Film

Assessment

First Year - 50 % Exam Based / 50 % Coursework 
Second Year - 50 % Exam Based / 50 % Coursework 

Future opportunities

The course provides a real foundation for: 
  • The study of Film Studies or related areas in a range of higher education degree courses; 
  • Progression to the next level of applied qualifications (e.g. HND); 
  • Direct entry into employment. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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