Exam Board: WJEC
The AS/A specification for Film Studies with the WJEC examination board has been designed to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. They will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experience it in a variety of viewing situations. They will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills.
Subject Leader: Mr A Holmes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pupils will produce two pieces of coursework, worth 40% of their entire AS grade. One will be an essay, analysing how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of the candidate’s choice produce meanings and responses (1500 words). One will be a creative project based on a film sequence or short film. Pupils often produce a photographic storyboard.
The examination is two-and-a-half hours long and worth 60% of the entire AS grade. The topic title for the examination is ‘British and American Film’. Pupils are required to answer three questions, one from each section:
Section A: Response to stimulus material set by the awarding body, based on producers and audiences of film (40). Previous questions have included: ‘How important are film franchises for producers and audiences?’ and ‘What can be done to attract bigger audiences to UK films?’
Section B: Topics in British Film (40). Pupils will study British comedy and the Working Title production company.
Section C: US Film. Comparative study of two films (40): pupils will study David Fincher’s Se7en and Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.
Coursework is worth 50% of the entire A2 grade. Pupils will have to produce two pieces of coursework.
- Research about ANY film related topic, in preparation for a presentation. Detailed references to three films must be included. Typical topics include specific auteurs, or performers, or technology. Most marks are awarded for depth of research. Recent research projects have included such subjects as ‘Pixar’s influence on Disney’; ‘Korean horror films’; and ‘The influence of film noir on comic-book adaptations’. (40 marks)
- A creative project or product. This may involve screenplay writing (the favourite option); a documentary step outline, such as for a DVD extra; or a short film (not duplicating any aspects of AS work). (60 marks)
The examination is worth 50% of the entire A2 grade and is two-and-three-quarter hours long (2 hours, 45 minutes). The topic for this examination is “Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates”. Pupils have to answer three questions, one from each section:
Section A: World Cinema topics (35)
Pupils will study Bollywood cinema and ‘Urban Life’, studying such films as La Haine, City of God and Tsotsi, and will respond to one of these topics in the examination.
Section B: Spectatorship topics (35)
Pupils will answer a question on a choice of two topics, “Spectatorship: Popular Film and Emotional Response” and “Spectatorship and Documentary”. Answers will refer to documentaries such as Supersize Me, which we study in class over the course of the year.
Section C: Single Film – Critical Study (30)
Pupils will study the film Fight Club by David Fincher and will write an essay responding to the many critical debates about the film.