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Film Studies: A Level (WJEC Eduqas) at The Howard School

Course description

Component 1: American and British film This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films, including: Classical Hollywood, Hollywood Since The 1960s, Contemporary American Independent Film and British Film (comparative study).

Component 2: Varieties of Film This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films and one compilation of short films, including: Film movements, Documentary Film, Global Film and Short Film.

Component 3: Production This component assesses one production (a short film) and its evaluative analysis.

Applications made to The Howard School can be made by both male and female students.

Course content

The course is designed to introduce A level learners to a wide variety of films in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of film and the range of responses films can generate. This specification therefore offers opportunities to study mainstream and independent American and British films from the past and the present as well as more recent global films, both non-English language and English language. The historical range of film represented in those films is extended by the study of silent film and significant film movements (such as European avant-garde and new wave cinemas in Europe and Asia) so that learners can gain a sense of the development of film from its early years to its still emerging digital future. Studies in documentary, experimental and short films add to the breadth of the learning experience.

Production work is a crucial part of this specification and is integral to learners' study of film. Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting. This is intended to enable learners to create high quality film and screenplay work as well as provide an informed filmmaker's perspective on their own study of film.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 (or higher) in GCSE English.


WJEC’s A Level in Film Studies is a 2 year linear qualification with 70% external assessment by examination and 30% non-exam assessment (NEA). This qualification consists of two components that are externally assessed (Components 1 and 2) and one component that is assessed by the centre and externally moderated by WJEC (Component 3). Learners must take all three components to be awarded the WJEC A Level in Film Studies:

Component 1: American and British Film - written examination, 3 hours (35% of qualification)

Component 2: Varieties of Film - written examination, 3 hours (35% of qualification)

Component 3: Production –coursework (30% of qualification)

Future opportunities

Universities offer a wide range of film and media courses. The creative industries employment sector has increased by 19.5% since 2011 and now employs around 2 million people in the UK. One in six jobs in London is now within the creative economy and 2016 government figures show the sector growing at almost twice the rate of the wider UK economy, generating almost £9.6 million per hour. David Cameron recognised the incredible success of the UK film industry in making a £4 billion annual contribution to the UK economy.

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: 06 December 2016

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