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Film Studies

Exam Board - WJEC

Course Content

Students must have a genuine passion for film and a desire to explore the subject on an analytical level.
Year 12 AS course
At AS, the course will equip students with the necessary academic language and theory to investigate and evaluate film.  The key concepts covered will be mise-en-scene, performance, cinematography, editing and sound, and how these elements combine to construct meanings and contribute to the sensory impact of film.
The coursework element requires students to apply their knowledge of the key concepts to a practical assignment in which they analyse a film extract of their choice before producing their own short film or film sequence.
The examination will cover aspects of British and American cinema, focusing on narrative, representation, gender and ethnicity.
Year 13 A-level Course
At A2, students broaden their knowledge of film through an in-depth study of World Cinema.
For the coursework element, they will undertake a small-scale research Project followed by a practical task in which they produce a short film or write a screenplay.

Methods of Assessment

AS          Unit 1: Coursework                                         40% (20% A-level)
              Unit 2: 2½ Hour Examination                       60% (30% A-level)
A2          Unit 3:  Coursework                                        25%
              Unit 4:  2¾ Hour Examination                      25%

Other Information

Students are expected to spend time learning to use the Adobe Creative Suite and scriptwriting software.
This course would suit anybody wishing to gain a firm grounding in the creative industries.

Entry Requirements

GCSE B in English Language and English Literature.