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Film Studies at St Mary's Catholic School

Course description

Exam Board: WJEC.

The Film Studies course is designed to deepen students' understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first part of the twenty-first century. Students will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations.

The specification explores the relationship between the film text and the spectator, and the ways in which films create meanings and produce both intellectual and emotional responses. The aesthetic and sensory qualities of film are emphasised as integral to our study.

The department at St Mary's aims to introduce students to a wide range of film texts, other than those they might simply experience for pleasure. We strive to ensure that the students gain insight into the ways in which films reflect their social and historical context, and what we can learn about social and cultural issues from the study of those films.

Across the two year course, this includes a study of 1960s social and political issues as represented in films from the period. We also explore the film industry: how are films financed, made and experienced by the public. Later we examine the surrealist film movements in an attempt to offer students an entirely new perspective of film. We also recognize the importance of sharing the experience of foreign cinema in understanding international issues as well as domestic concerns in foreign countries.

The department has invested in equipment that allows students to make their own films as coursework for A2, and these are also available to AS students to experiment with film styles and experience the processes of directing and editing.

The course has been run very successfully for the last seven years; it is popular with a range of students, many of whom have gone on to study film at university.

Entry requirements

C in English Literature OR English Language.


40% coursework - essay, storybook and research project. 60% 2 x 2 hour examination.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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