The Aim of this course is to develop young film makers who strive for excellence and originality in their work. Students will be expected to develop the skills required in the Film production life cycle, including an understanding and ability to apply varying research techniques, communication and planning skills, technical skills such as the ability to use film and sound recording equipment, an understanding of different shots and angles used in film, creative skills and the ability to edit to a high standard. In so doing, students will achieve academically and develop skills and a passion that they will carry forward into many different aspects of their life.
You will enjoy this course if you wish to develop:
- skills and knowledge relevant to a particular media sector in particular film
- an understanding of professional practice in the media industry
- an appreciation of the way the media industry in structured and how it works
- a show-reel or portfolio of work
There are three mandatory units, one internal and two external. Learners must complete and
achieve at Near Pass grade or above in all mandatory external units and achieve a Pass or above in all mandatory internal units.
Learners must complete at least one optional unit.
Mandatory units – learners complete and achieve all units
1 Media Representations 90 Mandatory and Synoptic External
4 Pre Production Portfolio 90 Mandatory Internal
8 Responding to a Commission 120 Mandatory External
Optional units – learners complete 1 unit
10 Film Production – Fiction 60 Optional Internal
Over the two years students need to complete four units. Unit 4 and Unit 10 will require students to plan and produce a short film. Students will be expected to develop their knowledge and understanding of the film production process by way of some initial modelling tasks before starting these units in year 12. Students will take a practical exam (Unit 8) at the end of year 12 which will draw on the students understanding of the film production process. Unit 1, which will be sat as an examined paper in year 13, requires learners to consider how different media representations are constructed by media producers to create meaning, messages and values, this will require students to look at a range of media products including film, TV, radio and magazines.
Exam Board: Edexcel
5 Grade 4’s and above to include a keen interest in Media and a Merit in Level 2 Media BTEC or GCSE Media, if taken. Access to a computer is essential.