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Film Studies

The Wey Valley School and Sports College was the first school in the area to
offer this prestigious course. Usually reserved  for study at A/S and A level,
the Welsh examining board (WJEC) offered this course for the first examination
in 2009. Building on from our award winning extra curricular Film Club and
upper school Cinema Studies Enrichment activities, we felt that it was a
natural progression to offer this course.

This course builds upon students’ own experience of film, as consumer and
creator and encourages them to investigate and develop their knowledge
and understanding of the sometimes complex relationship between the
film industry and film audiences. It may also provide a ‘springboard’ into A/S
and A level for those who may wish to take the subject to a higher examination
level. The course is designed to allow students to begin their programme
of study by focusing on films that they have particularly enjoyed, or are
familiar with and from that starting point they will be encouraged to broaden
out their study into an exploration of the place film occupies in today’s
global society, the communication of ideas, attitudes and cultural beliefs.

Each element of the course is approached through three study areas.

THE LANGUAGE OF FILM
The elements that create meaning within in a film and how they
are organised in order to tell a story to their audience.

FILM ORGANISATIONS
The film companies which make, sell and screen the films we watch.

FILM AUDIENCES
The ways in which you repsond to the films you watch and the issues raised by films made for a range of different groups of people.

Each student will be expected to complete four linked pieces of controlled
assessment which will account for 50% of their overall marks.

In the final term of the course they will complete two written examinations
which will account for the final 50% of their marks.

Exploring Film (1 hour 30 minutes) 30%
Superhero Movies

Exploring Film Outside Hollywood (1 hour) 20%
Students will be expected to study at least one of the following
films in depth:

Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France/Germany, 2001)
Bend It Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, UK/Gemrany/USA, 2002)
The Boy In Striped Pyjamas (Mark Herman, UK/USA, 2008)
The Devil’s Backbone (Guillermo Del Toro, Mexico/Spain, 2001)
Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Parronaud, France, 2007)
Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay, UK/France, 1999)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002)
Tsotsi (Gavin Hood, South Africa/UK, 2005)
The Wave (Dennis Gansel, Germany, 2008)
Yasmin (Kenneth Glenaan, UK/Germany, 2004)