Wednesday, 3 September 2008

AS Film Studies - summary of the AS course

The following information has been drawn from the WJEC exam board. Their syllabus is the one that most students follow for Film Studies.

This specification is divided into a total of 4 units: 2 AS units for the first year and 2 A2 units for the second year in A2.

The grade weightings are noted below are expressed in terms of the full A level qualification (AS in brackets).

Unit 1: FM1 20 % (40%) Internal Assessment
Exploring Film Form
• One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of
candidate's choice produce meanings and responses (1500 words) (30)
• One creative project based on a film sequence or short film
(50: sequence or short film [40]/reflective analysis [10])
Paper raw mark total: 80
Paper UMS total: 80

Unit 2: FM2 30% (60%) External Assessment
2½ hours Written Paper
British and American Film
Three questions, one from each section:
Section A:
Response to stimulus material set by Awarding Body based on
producers and audiences of film (40)
Section B: Topics in British Film (40)
Section C: US Film - Comparative study of two films (40)
Paper raw mark total: 120
Paper UMS total: 120

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