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Film Studies A Level at Chadwell Heath Academy

Course description

The AS and A Level Film Studies specifications are designed to engage learners with a wide range of films from different cultures and points in history, from silent to present day. Studies will encompass genre, representation, narrative, aesthetics, ideology, film form, spectatorship and a range of critical debates that will serve to enhance learners’ analytical and creative skills.

Course content

Modules for AS
External Examination: Elements of Film (70% of AS)
1. Study the development of film form through at least two Hollywood and US set films from the following time periods: 1930–1960, 1961–1990.
2. Required to study representation and undertake a comparative contextual study of at least two set films from the following categories: US Independent, English Language (Non-US).
3. Study at least one European non-English language set film in relation to narrative and genre

Non-Examined Assessment: Understanding British Film (30% of AS)
Study one British set film and have the opportunity to have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills through production of either an extract from a contemporary British film or an extract from a screenplay for a contemporary British film (incorporating a digitally photographed storyboard)
- evaluative analysis of the production.

Modules for A-Level
External Examination 1: Film History (35% of A-Level)
1. Develop knowledge of film form through the study of at least three US set films from: the Silent Era, 1930–1960, 1961–1990.
2. Study at least two set films from two major, experimental European film movements or stylistic developments: Soviet montage, German expressionism, Italian neo-realism, French new wave

External Examination 2: Critical Approaches to Film (35% of A-Level)
Further develop knowledge and understanding of key critical approaches to film and of narrative, genre, representations and spectatorship. Learners must study at least one set film from each of the categories below:
- Contemporary British, Contemporary US, Documentary, Non-European Non-English Language, English Language (Non-US), US Independent.

Non-Examined Assessment: Making Short Film (30% of A-Level)
- theproductionof a 5minute short filmor a 10minute screenplay for a short film (incorporating a digitally photographed storyboard)
- anevaluative analysisoftheproductioninrelationto professionally produced set short films


Paper 1: 2 hour written examination
NEA: Individual coursework involving production of a film opening and project evaluation

Paper 1: 2 hour written examination
Paper 2: 2 hour written examination
NEA: Individual coursework involving production of a full short film and project evaluation

Future opportunities

- University courses in a range of Media areas, particularly Film Production, Film Studies and Journalism
- Apprenticeships in media industries and direct employment in film profession
- Excellent preparation for a wide variety of other university pathways, particularly as a joint honours
- Become an independent film content creator

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chadwell Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2017
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