The Film Studies Department

Film Studies is delivered by specialist staff from the English department and is offered as an option subject at KS5.
Students are taught to develop their cine-literacy skills and develop their appreciation of cinema as a major art form and industry of the 21st Century.  The KS5 course offers a good balance of theoretical, analytical and practical elements.

Key Stage 5

The A Level course has three components.

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, one from the Classical Hollywood period (1930-1960) and the other from the New Hollywood period (1961-1990).

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

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

Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films (or their equivalent).

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.

Component 3: Production

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

  • either a short film (4-5 minutes) 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).
     

Assessment:

Component 1: Written examination: 3 hours, 35% of qualification.

Component 2: Written examination: 3 hours, 35% of qualification.

Component 3: Non-exam assessment, 30% of qualification.

Facilities

The department has a range of cameras, tripods, lighting and other specialist equipment to allow students to develop their practical film making skills.

Staffing

Mr A Gout Lead Teacher of Film

 

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