Eduqas GCE A LEVEL in FILM STUDIES
A Level Film Studies
The new film A-Level offered through the Eduqas exam board is a linear 2 year course that requires learners to study 12 films in depth for their final exam. Taught through specific units on Hollywood and then Global film the subject allows students to bring, into lessons, a wealth of film-watching experience to help understand the context, narrative and genre decisions that film producers and directors make. The course encourages learners to become avid film enthusiasts through the study of classical, contemporary and alternative styles of film and there should be an expectation of furthering this outside of lessons. The films chosen for study range from blockbusters, 1960’s film, non-English language and documentary pieces and are studied in depth with sophisticated analysis of their theme and style. Alongside the study of these films there is also a practical assignment where students are able to demonstrate and develop their skills in film making or screenwriting for a particular genre of short film.
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.
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).