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Film Studies

Film Studies at Key Stage 5

Film is one of the main cultural innovations 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 is a fast growing subject, increasing in popularity at both A Level and degree level. The Film Studies course at 6th Form gives you a broad experience of many different aspects of film construction and the film industry, plus the opportunity to both carry out your own research and produce your own screenplay.

The WJEC Eduqas specification 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 non-English language European films.

Learners will then go on to study silent film and significant film movements so that they 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.  At A-Level 70% of course content is tested by examinations.

Production work is a crucial part of this specification and is integral to learners' study of film (30%). 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 screenwriting. This is intended to enable learners to create high quality screenplay work as well as provide an informed filmmaker's perspective on their own study of film.

The course is additionally designed to reflect the diversity of film culture through both filmmakers and the films they make. The wide choice of films offered includes films by women directors and films which represent particular ethnic and cultural experiences.

The specification consequently provides a framework for the systematic study of a broad range of film as well as providing opportunities for creative work, an integral part of film study. Most of all, it offers the opportunity to explore a range of important ideas and emotions, reflect on art and technology and connect theory and creative practice in ways which are designed to provide an absorbing and motivating educational experience.

Assessment on this course is made via 2 exam components and 1 piece of coursework with WJEC Eduqas exam board.

What grades do I need at GCSE level?

You will need a GCSE grade 5 in English Language plus a grade 4 in Maths.

What other subjects should I study?

Film Studies will appeal to anyone who has a keen interest in ‘the world around us’ or more specifically in the industry itself. Students who share an interest in English, Art, Drama, ICT or Design will find the creative and technical aspects of these subjects invaluable when addressing issues raised within the subject.

What about choices after A-Levels?

Film Studies has become a popular subject at degree level. Many universities deliver the subject either as a core subject, or as a combined degree with other areas such as English, Theatre and Television, Philosophy and modern Languages. For those who do not wish to progress to a further qualification in Film Studies, this specification provides a coherent, engaging and culturally valuable course of study.

Further Information

If you would like further information on any aspect on A-Level Film Studies, you should consult Mr Howell (Course Leader) email ahowell@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk