Eduqas GCE A LEVEL in FILM STUDIES

A Level Film Studies

Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.

The Eduqas specification is designed to introduce A level learners to a wide variety of films in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of film and the range of responses films can generate. This specification therefore offers opportunities to study mainstream American films from the past and the present as well as a range of recent and contemporary British films, American independent films and global films, both non-English language and English language.

Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking Written examination: 2½ hours 35% of qualification

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 Written examination: 2½ hours 35% of qualification

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 Non-exam assessment 30% of qualification 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).