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Film Studies A Level at Beths Grammar School

Course description

You will learn:

  • How a film communicates meaning and engages audiences
  • How cinema functions as a business
  • How to develop a critical understanding of audience participation as consumers, critics and fans
  • How to identify messages and values in films, with special reference to British or Irish cinema
  • How to apply your knowledge and understanding gained from textual study in the process of completing practical work such as storyboarding and screenwriting.

Course content

Component 1: American and British film
Written exam. 3 hours. 35% of A Level.

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films.
Section A: Classical Hollywood: One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one US Hollywood Studio film.
Section B: Hollywood since the 1960s (two-film study)
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two American films, one produced between 1961 and 1990 and the other more recent.
Section C: Contemporary American independent film
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one American independent film.
Section D: British film (comparative study)
One question from a choice of two, requiring a comparison of two British films, one produced between 1930 and 1960 and the other more recent.

Component 2: Varieties of film
Written exam. 3 hours. 35% of A Level
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films and one compilation of short films.
Section A: Film movements (two-film study)
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to at least one film from the silent era.
Section B: Documentary film
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one documentary film.
Section C: Global film (two-film study)
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two global films, one European and one produced outside Europe.
Section D: Short film
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to a compilation of short films.

Component 3: Production
Non-exam assessment. 30% of A Level.
This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. Learners produce:

  • Either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) and a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay
  • or, An evaluative analysis (1250-1500 words)

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE in either English Language or English Literature

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beths Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2018
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