Course title: AS/A Film Studies
Exam board detail: WJEC
Type of qualification: A Level (to be studied in conjunction with two other A Level subjects)
Delivery hours per week: 6 hours (1.5-hour lessons)
Section 1: Subject Overview
Many consider film to be the main cultural innovation of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a powerful medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.
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.
Exam- Component 1
Section A- Hollywood 1930 – 1990 (comparative study)
Learners must study and compare two Hollywood films:
Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
Section B American Independent Film
Learners are required to study one film a Contemporary American independent film;
Boyhood (Linklater, 2015)
Exam Component 2
Section A- British Film
Learners are required to study two recent British films;
Trainspotting (Boyle, 1996),
Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004),
Section B- European film Learners are required to study one Non-English language European film
Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, Spain, 2006)
Writing a screenplay– 30% of Qualification
An extract from a screenplay for a fictional film focusing on narrative construction of between 1200 and 1400 words based on one of the following:
The opening sequence
A climactic sequence
A sequence which portrays a crisis for a single character
A sequence which portrays a conflict between two central characters.
The screenplay must be accompanied by a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay (approximately 1½ minutes' screen time, corresponding to approximately one and a half pages of screenplay and to approximately 15 storyboard shots).
Section 2: Assessment Overview
Assessment methods include:
Frequent Topic Tests
External assessments (exams) will take place in the summer term – May/June.
Section 3: What do other students study alongside Film Studies at A Level?
Many of our students choose to study Media Studies, English Literature or Art, Craft and Design alongside Film Studies.
Section 4: What are the possible career opportunities after successful completion of this course?
You could move on to study for a degree or higher qualification in a related subject, as well as relevant employment in film industry including jobs such as video production, directing, scriptwriting, programme researcher, editor and producer amongst many more within film industry.
Students studying the course have progressed onto a range of degree courses, including video production, film and media studies and creative writing at institutions across the country.
Section 5: How can I find out more if I have a question?
Media Studies Teacher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Curriculum Operations Manager - email@example.com