Film Studies A Level
Some say that Film is the main cultural innovation of the 20th century. Therefore it should be considered a major art form of the last hundred years. It is an influential and culturally significant medium through which we can investigate both how film works as a powerful medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.
Campion follow the WJEC Eduqas specification which is designed to introduce learners to a wide variety of films in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of this art form and the range of responses films can generate. The diverse range of films on offer include: mainstream films such as ‘The Joker’; independent films such as ‘Get Out’; British films such as ‘This is England’ and ‘Shaun of the Dead’; as well as more recent, non-English language European films such as ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’.
Students will be assessed on their knowledge of these films through their exams in which they will need to write about each of the films studied in an analytical, critical and evaluative way. They will need to bring in their understanding of historical, political and social contexts to inform and enrich their analysis.
30% of this course consists of coursework in the form of production work. This is a part of the course that our students thoroughly enjoy as it allows them to express their creativity in the form of either a screenplay and storyboard or short film. This is a crucial part of this specification and is integral to learners' study of film as it allows learners to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting. Our students have consistently produced high quality films and screenplays with many achieving full marks for this section of the course.
This is an exciting and valuable course appropriate for learners with attention to detail and a creative eye whose strengths lie in writing, analysis and composition.