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Film Studies


Exam board – WJEC
Entry Requirement – GCSE Grade 5 or above in English is essential to any student wishing to enrol on the course

Who Should I contact for more information – Mr Tomkins

What does this Course lead to?
Having completed the Film Studies course students will have gained knowledge and understanding of film techniques and developed sufficient creative skills to provide the opportunity to pursue a career in the film and television industries or continue to study Film at university.

Careers in the television and film industry are: Film/TV Producer, Distribution, Film/TV Director, Cinematographer, Film editor, Make-up and Costume Design, Art Director, Set Designer, Animator, Sound Designer, Screenwriter, Journalist and Film Analyst.

What will I study

During the two year course students will investigate, research and analyse the following areas of films and the film industry, developing their creative and analytical skills in a wide range of film genres and filmmaking and distribution on a global scale:

  • American films and Hollywood as an industry.
  • British film industry and film movements.
  • European film
  • Silent film

What are the benefits of studying this course and what will I gain from it?

Film Studies is a highly creative and analytical course which will develop students’ analytical skills and appreciation of the world of film and its importance to world culture and events. Students will understand the key concepts of Screenwriting, Production, Directing, Editing and Sound.

Students will gain an insight into the Film Industry and develop technical and creative skills needed to continue further studies at university or gain skills and knowledge which will help when applying for work within the Television and Film industries.

How will I be assessed

Component 1: American and British film
Written examination: 3 hours 35%

Section A: Classical Hollywood:
Section B: Hollywood since the 1960s (two-film study)
Section C: Contemporary American independent film
Section D: British film (comparative study)

Component 2: Varieties of film
Written examination: 3 hours 35%

Section A: Film movements
Section B: Documentary film
Section C: Global film (two-film study)
Section D: Short film. One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to a compilation of short films.

Component 3: Production
Non-exam assessment 30%

This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. Students produce: either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) and a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay and an evaluative analysis.