Film Studies (WJEC)

Minimum entry criteria

6 in GCSE English Language and 6 in GCSE English Literature

Board

Eduqas (WJEC)

Outline of the Course

In Year 12 students will study:

  • 2 Hollywood films, from 1930-1960 and 1961-1990. Examples: Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958), Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)
  • One US independent film post-2010. Examples: Winter’s Bone (Granik, 2010), Boyhood (Linklater, 2012)
  • 2 recent British films. Examples: Trainspotting (Boyle, 1996), Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004)
  • One recent European film. Examples: Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006), Victoria (Schipper, 2015)
  • Year 12 students also make a production. Either: a film extract, Or: a screenplay, plus a storyboard

Students may take the AS exam at the end of Year 12, or carry on to the full A Level. In Year 13 students will study:

  • A second American film (modern, mainstream). Examples: Selma (Duvernay, 2014), LaLa Land (Chazelle, 2016)
  • A film from global cinema. Examples: House of Flying Daggers (Zhang, 2004), Wild Tales (Szifrón, 2014)
  • A documentary film. Examples: The Arbor (Barnard, 2010), Amy (Kapadia, 2015)
  • A silent film, or group of films. Examples: Strike (Eisenstein, 1924), Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)
  • An experimental film, or group of films. Examples: Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)
  • Year 13 students also make a production. Either: a short film, Or: a screenplay, plus a storyboard

Assessment

Component

Type of assessment

Duration

Weighting

 

 

 

AS

A Level

1 (AS): American Film

Examination. Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990

Section B: Contemporary American independent

1 hour 30 minutes

35%

 

2 (AS): European Film

Examination. Section A: British film

Section B: Non-English-language European film

1 hour 30 minutes

35%

 

3 (AS): Production

 Either an extract from a film

 Or a screenplay plus storyboard

 Plus an evaluative analysis

6 weeks

 

2 weeks

30%

 

1 (AL): Varieties of Film and Film Making

Examination. Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990

Section B: American film since 2005

Section C: British film since 1995 (two-films)

2 hours 30 minutes

 

35%

2 (AL): Global Filmmaking Perspectives

Examination. Section A: Global film

Section B: Documentary film

Section C: Film movements – Silent cinema

Section D: Film movements – Experimental film

2 hours 30 minutes

 

35%

3 (AL): Production

 Either an extract from a film

 Or a screenplay plus storyboard

 an evaluative analysis

6 weeks

 

2 weeks

 

30%