Film Studies A Level at Bishop Ramsey C of E School
Film and cinema have been a major art form for over a century. Those who study Film characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective.
At the root of all film studies is the recognition that they are made: they are constructed using a range of elements - cinematography, mise-en-scene, sound, editing and performance (the key elements of film form) - which are organized structurally in terms of narrative and often genre (the structural elements of film form).
GCSE English Language or Literature Grade 5 or above.
Please note, for component 3 students who wish to make their own film will be required to have the necessary equipment and software in order to film on location and edit at home.
Component 1: Varieties of film and film making
Written exam - 2 hours 30 minutes - 35% of qualification
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films.
Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)
Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study)
Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study)
Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives
Written exam - 2 hours and 30 minutes - 35% of qualification
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films (or their equivalent)
Section A: Global film (two-film study)
Section B: Documentary film
Section C: Film movements - Silent cinema
Section D: Film movements - Experimental film (1960-2000)
Component 3: Production Non-Exam assessment
30% of qualification
This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis
Learners produce either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screen play for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay an evaluative analysis (1600-1800 words)
Core Study Areas
All films across components 1 and 2
Key elements of film form
Meaning and response
The context of film
Specialist Study Areas
Within components 1 and 2
Spectatorship, narrative, ideology, Auteur, critical, debates and theories.
Learners can progress in to the Film Industry or a range of media industries including: web content and video, advertising, journalism and TV. They can also progress to Higher Education in Film Studies, or indeed create their own small production company.
Please contact Mrs Oldfield at the school
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Ramsey C of E School directly.