Film Studies at The Levels School
The WJEC Eduqas GCSE course provides learners with the opportunity to investigate film style, aesthetics, genre and compare Hollywood style films with those created internationally, providing students the opportunity to compare the elements of film language from around the world.
The student's final grade is drawn from their own devised genre film; having written, designed, shot and edited it themselves (30%), and 2 written exams; one of which investigates and compares films made in the USA from the 1950's to the present (35%) and another paper on films made abroad, covering a range of genres (35%).
The films studied will be drawn against a large bank of "set text" films and chosen in respect to the student's interests and backgrounds.
Students will develop a broad vocabulary of film language and be required to use those key terms when analysing the films they study. This course will suit any student who has a keen interest in films, specifically genre films from the US and across Europe, as well as students who have an interest in media and would like to pursue a vocational route into that industry after they have finished education.
As an example of a course that meshes theoretical study with the practical hands-on application of the skills analysed, this course is a perfect fit for students who like to learn practically while stretching their academic skills.
At The Levels School, film studies is an option which any student may choose to take at KS4. We offer WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Film Studies, which consists of two exams taken at the end of Year 11 and a non-exam assessment.
Component 1: Key Developments in US Film
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes. 35% of qualification.
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three US films chosen from a range of options. Assessment consists of four questions on two US mainstream films and one US independent film:
Section A: US mainstream film comparative study
Section B: Key developments in film and film technology
Section C: US independent film
If you're looking to support your child's film studies at home, try the following activities:
Watch films, especially from a range of genres, eras and countries. You could watch together and discuss them!
Go to the cinema, especially small independent cinemas.
Read film reviews and discuss them.