Grade 5 GCSE English Language
It’s not necessary to have a GCSE in Media Studies but students will need to show commitment and creativity.
Written assessment and practical piece 30%
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Film Studies (WJEC)
This exciting new course is based around the detailed study of 12 films chosen from different genres, different countries and different eras, from modern America (such as Pulp Fiction) to the silent era; from documentaries (like Amy) to European/World cinema like Pan’s Labyrinth; from British independent films like This is England to classic Hollywood such as Vertigo. You’ll be analysing how cinematography, sound, script, acting, light, design and editing create meaning. You’ll also be looking at selected film movements and discussing some of the key debates, such as the choice between use of digital film, favoured by the major studios, and retaining film, which is preferred by some of today’s major directors like Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained). These elements will comprise the exam work, which will account for 70% of the final mark – and you won’t be bogged down with the kind of endless theory or study of industry that clutters up the new A Level Media course.
On top of that, your study of the selected films will help shape and develop the practical work involving the making of your own film sequence in line with a set of briefs; this (along with a written evaluation) will count for 30% of the final mark. For this, you will be supported by our excellent technical staff.
While it would be ideal to have studied Film or Media at GCSE, neither are necessary, but enthusiasm, interest and an enquiring mind would form a good basis, as would at least a B in English at GCSE. It could be studied comfortably along side English or English Literature, both of which require a creative and analytical mind, but it would also go well with the creativity demanded by Art/Textiles or one of the performing arts.
This new course not only involves the academic study of a range of films in much the way Literature involves the study of various written texts, but also provides an excellent opportunity for students to have fun while being creative themselves when they shoot and edit their own short films.
In terms of outreach, enrichment and extra-curricular activities, we are now part of the Tyneside Cinema’s Teachers’ Network; we are forging links with Northumbria University and have regular Y13 trips to Teesside University study days. Over the last few years, we have had a number of students who have gone on to take film and/or Media courses (both theoretical and practical) at universities around the country.
The address of our departmental blog, on which you can find links to past and present sixth form work is http:// heworthmediastudies. blogspot.co.uk