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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Film Studies

The medium of film is not only used to challenge students’ thinking but is excellent in developing literacy and reasoning skills, whilst encouraging students to reflect in an analytical manner.

OFQUAL recently stated:

“Film is rigorous and demanding in its assessment, offers a range of transferrable skills and is comparable with English Literature in demand”.

Starting with familiar mainstream films, the course allows students to study films and the ways in which they are experienced in today’s global society, and investigates the place film has in communicating ideas, attitudes and cultural beliefs, both now and in the past. This is approached through three inter-related study areas, which act as a framework for studying and creating film:

  • the ‘language’ of film.
  • 
the organisations which produce, distribute and exhibit films.
  • 
the audiences for film

Key Stage 4:  (Years 10 and 11)

Exam Board:  WJEC

Controlled Assessment: Students will be required to submit one film exploration and one production for their controlled assessment. The work for the controlled assessment is designed to draw on students’ personal experiences of consuming and responding to film and to allow them to demonstrate understanding through creative production work.

The external assessment, worth 50% of the total mark, is in the form of two papers. The first is based on a set film made outside Hollywood and the second on the popular Superhero genre, both topics introduced at the beginning of the year