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Key Stage 4
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have the opportunity to study Film Studies with the Eduqas WJEC examination board. By studying this subject students become aware of how they, and others in society, are represented in film, and how media industries have the power to shape the way we view the world. In Year 9, students follow an introduction to Film Studies, which includes an overview of key terminology and the development of skills of critical analysis. In Year 10 students complete coursework that centres on the skills of film analysis and learn to write about films critically. In Year 11 students focus on the Non-Examined Assessment element, which focuses on creative screenwriting and then go on to finalise their examination preparation. The Eduqas WJEC exam is based on pupils’ understanding of pre-released set-text movies that have been studied in detail in class.
Key Stage 5
Students in the Sixth Form can study 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. The WJEC 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. The historical range of film represented in those films is extended by the study of silent film and significant film movements so that learners can gain a sense of the development of film from its early years to its still emerging digital future. Studies in documentary, experimental and short films add to the breadth of the learning experience. Students have the opportunity to produce short films of their own – based around their learning about the conventions of British Social Realism.