A Level Film Studies

Course ID
A-LEVEL-FILMS

Film Studies 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. It offers opportunities to study mainstream American films from the past and the present as well as a range of contemporary British films, American independent films and global films, both non-English language and English language. The historical range of film represented in those films is extended by the study of silent film and significant film movements so that learners 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.

AS Level Assessments
Component 1: American Film
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three American films.
Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study).
One two-part question, requiring reference to two Hollywood films.

Section B: Contemporary American independent film.
One two-part question, requiring reference to one
contemporary American film.

Written examination: 1 hours 30 worth 35% of the AS level qualification.

Component 2: European Film
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of two British films and one non-English language European film.
Section A: British Film (two-film study). One two-part question, requiring reference to two recent British films.

Section B: Non-English language European Film. One
two-part question, requiring reference to one nonEnglish language European film.
Written examination: 1 hours 30 worth 35% of the AS level qualification.

Component 3: Production
This component assesses one production and its accompanying evaluative analysis.
Production 20%
Evaluative analysis 10%: a 1000-1250 word evaluative analysis of the production in comparison with other professionally produced films.

 

A2 Level Assessments
Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films.

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study). One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two Hollywood films.

Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study). One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two American films.

Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study). One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two British films.

Written examination: 2 hours 30 worth 35% of the A level qualification.

Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films.

Section A: Global film (two-film study). One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two global films: one European and one produced outside Europe.

Section B: Documentary film. One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one documentary film.

Section C: Film movements– Silent cinema. One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one silent film or group of films.

Section D: Film movements– Experimental film (1960-2000).
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one film option.
Written examination: 2 hours 30 worth 35% of the A level qualification.

Component 3: Production
This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. Learners produce:

Either a short film (4-5 mins) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally
photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay.

An evaluative analysis (1600-1800 words).
Non-examination assessment worth 30% of the A level

 

Entry Requirements

C grade in GCSE English Language and Literature

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