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Film Studies

Minimum Entry Criteria

Desired: 7 in English Language

Essential: 6 in English Language


Eduqas (WJEC)

Outline of the Course

In Year 12 students will study:

  • 2 Hollywood films, from 1930-1960 and 1961-1990. Examples: Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958), Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967)
  • One US independent film post-2010. Examples: Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin, 2012)
  • Two films for Global Cinema. Examples: Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006), City of God (Meirelles, 2002)
  • Two modern British films. Examples: Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004), This is England (Meadows, 2006)
  • Year 12 students also make a production. Either: a film extract, Or: a screenplay, plus a storyboard

In Year 13 students will study:

  • A second American film (modern, mainstream). Examples: Selma (Duvernay, 2014), LaLa Land (Chazelle, 2016)
  • A documentary film. Examples: The Arbor (Barnard, 2010), Amy (Kapadia, 2015)
  • A silent film, or group of films. Examples: Strike (Eisenstein, 1924), Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)
  • An experimental film, or group of films. Examples: Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)
  • Year 13 students complete the production they began in Year 12


Type of Assessment
1: Varieties of Film and Film Making
Examination. Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Section B: American film since 2005
Section C: British film since 1995 (two-films)
2 hours 30 minutes
2: Global Filmmaking Perspectives (two films)
Examination. Section A: Global film
Section B: Documentary film
Section C: Film movements – Silent cinema
Section D: Film movements – Experimental film
2 hours 30 minutes
3: Production
Either a short film
Or a screenplay plus storyboard
An evaluative analysis
6 weeks

2 weeks