Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. In our visual and image-based culture, the study of film is relevant perhaps more than ever. We broaden students’ existing knowledge by studying a wide variety of films. Our aim is to promote 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.
A Level Film Studies provides an opportunity to investigate how the culturally significant medium of film works both as a means of representation and as an aesthetic medium. A broad learning experience encompasses a range of films including: mainstream American films past and present; recent and contemporary British films; American Independent films, and Global films. The historical range of film study is extended by the study of silent film and significant film movements so that learners can gain a sense of the development of film. This course allows learners the opportunity to consider film within its social, cultural, political, historical, and technological contexts. The production element of the course provides learners with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking or screenwriting process. It would be beneficial for students embarking on this course to have knowledge of, and interest in, both a diverse range of films and the film industry itself.
students with the opportunity to explore an academic range of films and skills
that will help with careers and higher study in Film. Educate students to be able
to engage critically with films on an exploratory and analytical level. Support
students in being able to manage time and organisational elements with
research, essay writing and extended projects (in particular the NEA). Inspire
students to become adults who are curious about the world and willing to
challenge ideas. Promote independent learning in the subject area and beyond.
Enable students to become sophisticated and effective communicators. All this is underpinned with personalised
assessment and targeted feedback, aligned with key learning objectives. Provide
personalised advice and guidance to support students’ wider learning and
aspirations beyond KS5.
Exam Board: EDUQAS (WJEC)
Qualification Title: Film Studies
Qualification Specification Code: A670QS
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the EDUQAS (WJEC) webpage for the specification.
Standard Sixth Form entry requirements
Film Studies degree courses, the Art/Design/Culture sector, the Media/Film industry, Journalism, Advertising. This course provides a suitable progression to a range of Higher Education Degree and Vocational Level courses. This specification develops a range of transferable skills including analytical and interpretative skills and the development of confident and independent critical thought. The application of theoretical and critical approaches provides a good grounding for undergraduate study.
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