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Follow your passion for Film with this exciting 2 Year A-level course. The Film industry is booming and many top universities now offer high quality Film Production degrees. Our Film Department is very well established, with over a decade successfully delivering Film Studies A-level. We have a history of outstanding results. Our teachers are film experts, with qualifications in Film Studies.

Film is a diverse and exciting art form; it can have a profound effect on the way we see the world. This course aims to capture your imagination, so film becomes a lifelong passion. You will study a wide variety of engaging and innovative examples from British, American and Global cinema, to broaden your understanding of the world, and all its diversity.

In Film studies you learn how to analyse the depiction of different cultures, people and places. The course asks you to be open minded and free thinking in order to develop confidence in your own judgements. You will study institutional, social, cultural, economic and political contextual factors and explore how they shape and influence the films studied, including examining cinema as both an art form and an industry.

In the coursework element you will deepen your practical and creative skills by making your own film extract or writing an original screenplay for a film extract and producing a shooting script to accompany it.

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Topics Studied

The WJEC Eduqas specification is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of films in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of film. Students will explore:

  • Hollywood 1930-1990
  • American film since 2005
  • British film since 2005 
  • Global film
  • Film movements - silent cinema
  • Film movements - experimental (1960-2000)
  • It also aims to enable students to:
    • Apply critical approaches to film
    • Apply knowledge and understanding of film through either filmmaking or screenwriting

Methods of Teaching & Learning

The course combines a close study of film sequences and whole films with practical film-making activities.

Studying Film enables you to see the world in a different light and develop a wide range of transferable skills for further education, work and life:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Film Analysis
  • Textual Analysis
  • Communication
  • Research skills
  • Literacy
  • Technical competencies

Students of Film Studies are the students of the future, gaining the skills needed to develop successful careers and great academic minds.

Methods of Assessment

Practical

30% coursework. Students can choose between creating a 5-minute short film or writing a screenplay and making a digital storyboard for a short film. This is followed by a 1600-word evaluation of the work.

Examination

Worth 70% of the total marks.

The first exam is 2.5 hours / 35% of qualification

  • Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)
  • American film since 2005 (two film study)
  • British film since 1995 (two film study)

The second exam is 2.5 hours / 35% of qualification

  • Global film (two film study)
  • Documentary film
  • Film movements – silent cinema
  • Film movements – experimental film

Resources

We are fully equipped with a range of professional standard cameras and all students have access to Adobe Premiere, the industry standard editing software. 

Additional costs

Students may be asked to pay for some external film-screenings and visits.

Enrichment

We run trips to local screenings at venues such as The Watershed and Everyman cinemas. Several students have been successful in joining the BFI Film Academy, where student’s work with professional mentors to produce a short film or a documentary film. 

What next?

Film is one of the most relevant subjects today. Did you know that every nine days, as much moving image is uploaded to YouTube as the BBC has broadcast in its entire history? Employment in the screen industries has grown by over 20% since 2009 and will substantially outpace the economy wide increase of 3% if the skills shortages in this area are fulfilled. Career paths for students of Film may, of course, include practical avenues such as Film-Making, Directing, Producing and Editing but a qualification in Film Studies also allows you to move into more theoretical pathways such as Film Criticism, Journalism, Teaching and Education.

Where can this course lead?

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