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Film Studies AS and A Level at Tapton School

Course description

This course introduces students to the systematic study of film as an art form.  British, American and World Cinema will be studied from the 1920s to the present.

The course provides students with the opportunities to study film within historical, social and cultural contexts, encouraging them to develop a variety of interpretations.

Analysis of the filmmaker's art and craft will provide them with a powerful and critical understanding of the moving image.  The course also provides the possibilities to translate theory into practice and screenwriting, story-boarding and filmmaking options.

Course content

AS in the first year consists of three components:

NEA: Exploring Film Form (30%) The NEA (Non Examined Assessment or coursework component) is composed of a creative/practical project (screenwriting or film making) that will draw upon the skills developed in the analysis, plus an evaluation of the project.

Component 1: American Film (35%) This is an externally assessed exam of 1.5 hours divided into two sections with a chocie of questions.  Section A explores two examples of Hollywood Cinema; Section B explores a single example of contemporary American Independent cinema.

Component 2: European Film (35%) This is an externally assessed exam of 1.5 hours divided into two sections with a choice of questions.  Section A explores two examples of recent UK film , Section B explores a contemporay European Film.

A Level in the second year consists of three components:

NEA: Exploring Film Form (30%) The NEA is composed of a creative/practical project (screenwriting or film making) that will draw upon the skills developed in the analysis, plus an evaluation of the project.

Component 1: Filmmaking and Spectatorship (35%) This is an externally assessed exam of 2.5 hours divided into four sections with a choice of questions.  Section A explores two examples of Hollywood cinema.  Section B explores two examples of contemporary American independant cinema.  Section C explores an example of a contemporary documentary film.  Section D explores a collection of short films.

Component 2: Varieties of Global Film (35%)  This is an externally assessed exam of 2.5 hours divided into four sections with a chocie of questions.  Section A explores two examples of recent UK film.  Section B explores two examples of contemporary European and World Cinema.  Section C explores an example of early silent film Section D explores an example of post modern film produced since 1960.

 

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both English Language and GCSE English Literature.  In addition, a grade E is needed in AS Film Studies to progress to the A Level in Year 13.

Assessment

Two teachers will be responsible for delivering the content of the course over five lessons a week. Each lesson should be understood as a signpost for the students learning and independent learning is actively encouraged. You must be willing to engage in discussion and debate around the film text and other primary sources. You must provide close analysis of the set film texts and be able to consider new and challenging ideas. You must be prepared to carry out independent research, interpret secondary sources and engage with wider critical reading - this is often evidenced in presentations and seminars run by students in the class!


Students will be assessed by a combination of coursework (30%) and examination (70%).  Success at AS in Year 12 will lead to the A Level in Y13. 

Future opportunities

Although it might not get you a job in the film industry, the skills developed during the course link with a range of subjects at Higher Education and with a wide range of vocations and Professions. Advertising - Arts Administration - Film - Journalism - Marketing - Media - Museum - Public Relations - Archivist work. Future prospects in these areas are encouraging and this course provides students with an understanding of an art form, industry and institution that has prominent cultural significance in the new millennia.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 November 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS Level, 2 years for A Level

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