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Film and the media are important part of many people's lives. Those who choose to study it characteristically bring with them a huge enthusiasm and excitement for film and new media which constantly motivates them in their studies.

Through a study of film students experience a powerful medium which inspires a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective as they are drawn into characters, their narratives and the issues films raise. The root of that power is the immersive audio-visual experience film offers. It is not surprising that many consider film to be the major art form of the last hundred years and that many feel it important to study a medium which has such a significant influence on the way people think and feel.

Studying the media encourages students to foster a critical understanding of a range of media products. Throughout the course you will develop knowledge and understanding of how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups. Students will then be able to explore and represent their own ideas by developing practical production skills.

Contact the staff

Mr G Richards
Head of Film and Media

Mr T Oliver
Teacher of Film and Media

  • Film Media
    Component one: US Film

    Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes - 35% of qualification
    You will study three US films for this component; exploring the key elements of film form +(cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing and sound) and the social, cultural, historical and technological contexts.
    Case study films include a comparison of Invasion of the Body Snatcher (Siegel, USA 1956) and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Spielberg, USA, 1982) and a single study of the independent film The Hurt Locker (Bigelow, USA, 2008)

    Component two: Global film - Representation, Narrative and Film Style

    Written examination 1 hour 30mins 35% of qualification
    You will study three films produced outside of the US for this component; exploring how they represent key themes of issues of the time period and location through their narratives and application of film form (cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing and sound).
    Case study films will include: Attack The Block (Cornish, UK, 2011), Slumdog Millionaire (Boyle, UK, 2008) and Let the Right One In (Alfredson, Sweden, 2008).

    Component three: Production

    30% of qualification
    Production is integral to the study of film and may take the form of:

    • either a filmed extract from a genre film (2 minutes to 21⁄2 minutes)
    • or an extract from a screenplay for a genre film (800 to 1000 words).

    You will also provide an evaluative analysis of the production (750 to 850 words), which analyses and evaluates the production in relation to other professionally produced films or screenplays

    Component 1: Exploring the media - Written paper - 1 hour 30 minutes - 40% of GCSE

    Section A: Exploring media language and representation
    • Magazine front covers - Pride (Nov 2015) & GQ (July 2016)
    • Film posters (marketing) - The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) & Spectre (2015)
    • Newspaper front pages - The Guardian (04/09/15) & The Sun (18/12/13)
    • Print advertisements - Quality Street (1954) & This Girl Can (2015)

    Section B: Exploring media industries and audiences

    • Newspapers - The Sun
    • Radio - The Archers
    • Film - Industry only - Spectre
    • Video Game - Pokemon Go

    Component 2: Understanding media forms and products - Written paper - 1 hour 30 minutes - 30% of GCSE

    • Television - Luther, Series 1, Episode 1 (2010) BBC & The Sweeney, Series 1, Episode 1 (1975) ITV
    • Music - Katy Perry, Roar (2013) and Pharrell Williams, Freedom (2015)

    Component 3: Creating media products - 30% of GCSE You will choose from a menu of briefs, that include moving image, print media, web development and marketing campaigns, and complete one practical production assignment.

  • Film A level Creative Digital Media Production (Journalism)
    Throughout the course you will study the development of film form and how it creates meaning; the interrelationship between spectators and producers and the social, cultural, political, historical and institutional contexts in which film is produced. Your studies will include: a comparison of Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ and Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ focusing on auteur theory; a consideration of spectatorship through an analysis of ‘Inception’ and Captain Fantastic’; an exploration of narrative and ideology in ‘This Is England’ and Trainspotting’ and a close analysis of the experimental film ‘Pulp Fiction’.

    In the second year, this synoptic component focuses upon varieties of film. You will study: critical film movements and how they inform contemporary filmmaking styles; documentary filmmaking and global cinema outside of Europe.

    Your study of cinema takes place alongside your own production work. This aspect of the course develops your technical skills and puts your knowledge of film language into practice. You will produce a short film sequence and write an evaluative analysis of the creative decisions made.

    Film studies is an examination of contemporary culture, and as a result, this course complements other advanced level subjects such as English, history, politics, sociology and psychology. It prepares you to tackle the theoretical, cultural and ethical debates that any social studies subject advances.

    The practical work on this course is a significant component (30%), and provides skills for the creative industries. Equally, the emphasis on personal response and critical debate is an excellent preparation for university level academic work.

    The BTEC Level 3 in Creative Digital Media & Journalism is a vocational course designed for people who plan to progress to higher education and a career in any aspect of media, marketing or journalism.

    The course develops a wide range of creative skills which increase the employability of students: branding and marketing, time-management, problem-solving, interpersonal skills, organising skills, teamwork skills, skills in presentation and leadership. Students also develop intellectual and creative skills which are invaluable for a wide range of university courses and professions.

    Much of the work students do revolves around journalism. Students will develop an original idea for a new publication, present a professional proposal, draft copy and create final mock-ups of the front page, contents and double page spread. This will present them with the opportunity to develop skills using professional software and equipment. Creative Digital Media students will learn how to create products with specific target audiences in mind and understand the importance of in-depth research and planning.

    As this is a vocational course, we strive to offer students the valuable experience of working in real-life scenarios. This involves a professional brief provided by the exam board which varies each year.

    This demanding course will require students to work independently and give up much of their own time to work as professional media producers

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