Courses Followed

Film Studies GCSE:

Component 1

1-hour 30-minute exam, 80 marks available on this unit.

  • Section A: US Comparative Study

2 step questions on each of the two films separately and then one extended question comparing the two against one another. Worth a large element of the marks, 50 marks out of a possible 80.

  • Section B: key developments in film and film technology

One stepped question. Only 5 marks available here, short succinct answers

  • Section C: US Independent film

One extended response on the film in relation to specialist writing. 15 marks available on this question

Component 2

1-hour 30-minute exam, 70 marks available

  •  Section A: global, English-language & narrative
  •  Section B: global, non-English-language & representation
  •  Section C: UK film & aesthetics

One of these sections will be worth 20 marks whilst the other two will be worth 25 marks each as they will feature an additional question, this is randomly chosen by the exam board each year.

Component 3

Non-Examined Assessment – 60 marks

The individual production

of an extract from a genre film (brief supplied by the exam board) with an accompanying written evaluation. The production is worth 40 marks and the evaluation worth 20 marks.

Film Studies A level:

Component 1 

varieties of film and filmmaking 2 ½ hour exam

  • Section A – Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative)

 One essay question from a choice of two comparing two films, one from 1930-1960 and the other from 1961-1990. The focus should be on: elements of film form, meaning and response, context, and authorship.

  • Section B – American film since 2005 (two films)

One essay question from a choice of two discussing the two films, one from a mainstream background and one from the contemporary independent industry. The focus should be on elements of film form, meaning and response, context, spectatorship and ideology.

  • Section C – British cinema since 1995 (two films)

One essay question from a choice of two discussing the two films. The focus should be on elements of film form, meaning and response, context, narrative and ideology.

All sections are marked equally

Component 2

global filmmaking perspectives 2 ½ hour exam

  • Section A – Global Film (two films)

One essay question from a choice of two, one film will be from Europe and the other a non-European film. The focus should be on elements of film form, meaning and response and context

  • Section B – Documentary Film

One essay from a choice of two, one film will be studied here. The focus should be on elements of film form, meaning and response, context, critical debates, and filmmaker theories.

  • Section C – film movements: silent cinema.

One question from a choice of two, one film or a set of shorts will be studied here. The focus should be on: elements of film form, meaning and response, context, and critical debates.

  • Section D – Film Movements: experimental film.

One question from a choice of two, one film will be studied for this unit. The focus here should be on elements of film form, meaning and response, context, authorship, and narrative.

Section A is worth the greater amount of marks (40) whilst the other three areas are all worth

(20 marks)

 Media Studies A-Level

Component 1

Media Products, Industries and Audiences 35% Examined 2 hours 15 minutes

  • Section A

2 questions on focus on PRINT media, some unseen others studied, with one question on the representations and the other on media language techniques

  • Section B

2 Questions on the technology, audiences and institutions for media industries, the media texts will be varied here

Component 2

 Media Forms and Products in Depth 35% Examined 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Section A

TV & the Global Age

2 questions on 2 studies of texts; with a focus on issues of postmodernism and globalisation of key TV programmes

  • Section B

Magazines Compare representations of gender identity in 2 set magazines, one of which is historical.

  • Section C

Media in the Online Age One question on the ways audiences use online media;

Component 3
  • Non-exam Assessment: Cross-Media Production 30% Individual production. Choice of 4 briefs with a 500-word statement of intent.

 Independent Study work:

1. Watch and consume a range of media texts, in particular looking at long-running products. Understand the history and how these texts have adapted to fit modern audience markets.

2. Regularly read media publications, magazines such as Empire and Sight and Sound as well as newspapers and websites such as The Guardian or the BBC

3. Work practically, taking photographs, recording a blog, making a film. Any practical exercise will allow you to put your knowledge into practice.