Exam Board – WJEC

Qualification – A Level

Entry requirements – Standard entry requirement

Course specification

Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.

The WJEC Eduqas A level in Film Studies aims to enable learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
• a diverse range of film, including documentary, film from the silent era, experimental film and short film
• the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts
• film and its key contexts (including social, cultural, political, historical and technological contexts)
• how films generate meanings and responses
• film as an aesthetic medium
• the different ways in which spectators respond to film.
It also aims to enable learners to:
• apply critical approaches to film and
• apply knowledge and understanding of film through either filmmaking or screenwriting.