Film Studies

A Level

A Level film is for students wanting to progress on to prestigious universities, and excellent job prospects in the creative film industries. Film Studies focuses on the aesthetic qualities of film: the narrative structure and the use of cinematography, editing, light and sound, and how all these different elements combine to create meaning and generate a strong emotional response. We study mainstream, Hollywood films, as well as broad range of British, foreign and experimental film. Our approach is similar to English Literature – we focus on developing a critical understanding of film from a number of different perspectives; genre, narrative, film language, representation and social, cultural and historical contexts.

If the analysis of films and the development of critical thinking, research skills and creative skills sounds like an exciting prospect then Film Studies at Wyke Sixth Form College is very much for you.

70% Examination
30% Coursework

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A Level Film Studies requires students to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for their chosen pathway plus a grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Language.


The Film department at Wyke offers students a unique experience due to the extensive facilities and resources we have on offer for students. The department has two rooms of edit suites offering Premiere Pro & Photoshop for working on coursework projects. These are used in industry and allows students to prepare their skills for future study or work placements. The department offers bookable kit to loan including a vast range of DSLR cameras, a drone, dollies, tripods, sliders, a bookable photography studio and much more to make a technical production. The department does not expect students to purchase their own kit to be fully immersed in the film production.

The course is made up of 3 components.

Written examination: 2 ½ hours, 120 marks (35% of qualification)
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of 6 feature-length films.

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)
You will answer 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).
Focus films:
Classical Hollywood – Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958), PG
New Hollywood – Blade Runner (Scott, 1982), 15

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.
Focus films:
Mainstream film – LA LA Land (Chazelle, 2016), 12A
Contemporary Independent film – Captain Fantastic (Ross, 2015), 15

Section C: British Film since 1995 (two-film study)
ONE question from a choice of two, requiring reference to TWO British films.
Focus films:
This is England (Meadows, 2006), 18
Fish Tank (Arnold, 2009), 15


Section A: Global Film (two-film study)
You will answer ONE question from a choice of two, requiring reference to TWO global films: one European and one produced outside of Europe.
Focus films:
European Film – Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, Spain, 2006), 15
Outside of Europe – City of God (Mereilles, Brazil, 2002), 18

Section B: Documentary Film
You will answer ONE question from a choice of two, requiring reference to ONE documentary film.
Focus film: Amy (Kapadia, UK, 2015), 15

Section C: Film Movements – Silent Cinema
You will answer ONE question from a choice of two, requiring reference to ONE silent film.
Focus film: Sunrise (Murnau, US, 1927), U

Section D: Film Movements – Experimental Film
ONE question from a choice of two, requiring reference to ONE film option.
Focus Film: Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, US, 1994)

Non-exam assessment, worth 60 marks (30% of qualification)
ONE production and its evaluative analysis. You will produce a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay [40 marks].

The A Level course is delivered over 2 academic years. Students will receive 4 hours 40 minutes of lessons per week, although they are also expected to complete work independently outside of lessons. Each group is taught by one teacher and the focus within lessons will be very much upon applying the concepts taught within the classroom to accounting based problems. This will be backed up by thorough and regular classroom-based assessment.

Working closely with the BFI Film Academy they run career workshops for our students to attend, which is an excellent opportunity for young people to learn more about the Film and Television industry as well as develop hands on practical skills. The BFI also run residential courses which are specialised and concentrate on specific areas such as animation, programming, documentary or craft skills so there is something for everyone and a great way to build your film portfolio and advance your CV.

Students have the opportunity for extra-curricular events such as the Berlin Trip. Students can experience what it’s like to attend a film festival and access a range of short and full feature films to enrich their knowledge of film. This is a great way for students to meet industry professionals and even take part in director Q&A sessions. We have seen many global films whilst attending the film festival which broadens student’s appreciation of film, Bollywood, Chinese and Japanese films have been popular with students in the past.

We have excellent links with the local community and students work closely with The University of Hull and meet film lecturers and screen writers. Learners have the opportunity to attend a screenplay writing workshop.

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