2017-2019 GCSE Options Booklet 3 Option Pathway

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Film Studies

Overview This course aims to stimulate students’ interest and enjoyment of film in both its national and global contexts. During their study students will also be encouraged to develop an appreciation of cultural diversity through the close analysis of a wide range of films. Students will develop a critical and investigative approach to film, become conversant with the development of Film over time and with the important Film movements. They will recognise patterns of similarity and difference across a range of films and to recognise and evaluate the ways in which films represent people, places, ideas, issues and events to audiences. Trips The British Film Institute Library (research projects); The British Film Institute (Moving Image Awards); Ad-hoc cinema trips. Pathways Further Education : A Level Film University : Film Production, Video Production, TV Production, Film Theory, Media Production, Communications, Broadcast Journalism Careers : Range of media and communications industries Costs All equipment is provided by the department.


Year 10

Year 11

External Assessment (70%) Component 1: Developments in US Film This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three US films chosen from a range of options. Assessment consists of four questions on one pair of US mainstream films and one US independent film. Component 2: Narrative, Representation and Film Style (and into year 11) This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three global films produced outside the US chosen from a range of options.

External Assessment (30%) Component 3: Production This component assesses the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of film to a production and its accompanying evaluative analysis. Learners produce:  one genre-based film extract (either from a film or from a screenplay)

one evaluative analysis of the production, where learners analyse and evaluate their production in relation to comparable, professionally- produced films or screenplays.

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