A-Level (2 Years)
Standard Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs at Grade A – C including C in English.
Assessment of A-Level (2 Years)
30% coursework and 70% external examinations.
Component 1: American and British film. Written examination: 3 hours. 35% of qualification
Section A: Classical Hollywood:
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one US Hollywood Studio film.
Section B: Hollywood since the 1960s (two-film study)
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two American films, one produced between 1961 and 1990 and the other more recent.
Section C: Contemporary American independent film
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one American independent film.
Section D: British film (comparative study)
One question from a choice of two, requiring a comparison of two British films, one produced between 1930 and 1960 and the other more recent.
Component 2: Varieties of film. Written examination: 3 hours. 35% of qualification
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films and one compilation of short films.
Section A: Film movements (two-film study)
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to at least one film from the silent era.
Section B: Documentary film
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one documentary film.
Section C: 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 D: Short film
One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to a compilation of short films.
Non-exam assessment. 30% of qualification
This A Level Film Studies specification offers a broad and coherent course of study which allows learners the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and understanding of film. The content will be assessed across two examination components and one production component. All learners will study 11 film texts in relation to the core study areas with some film topics requiring the study of additional specialist topic areas including narrative, ideology and spectatorship. In addition, for the coursework component of the programme of study, students will create a Film production, choosing to specialise in either Screenwriting or Moving Image Production synoptically drawing on the cinematic influences and insights gained from the range of the films studied throughout the course. This allows learners the freedom to express their own practical interests as potential film-makers. The structure of the A level Film Studies programme allows learners to demonstrate their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge and understanding from across the three components, providing them with an informed filmmaker's perspective of film.
This course is useful for progression on to a degree in film production, theory, practical media, filmmaking and film theory and criticism.
This course can be delivered as a 3 hour Enrichment which would suit those students taking AS/A-Level Media Studies and Level 3 BTEC TV/Film. The course is also ideal for any student with an interest in Film study and production.
Blake Goddard is a media and film studies teacher at Gateway Sixth Form College in Leicester and an award-winning filmmaker and artist in his own right. His passion for both teaching and the digital arts make him an ideal guide to the worlds of film study and filmmaking. He also lectures different film courses at the local Independent cinema to members of the public to all ages. Blake Goddard is an examiner for WJEC AS Film Studies, A2 Media Studies and International Baccalaureate Film Studies.