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    Currently just about to start my fourth week into my A Levels. I enjoy them all but Film Studies is starting to confuse me. The way it's being taught makes it feel like it doesn't contain set modules or anything like that, so I'd like some opinions from other students who either have taken AS Film or have done it in the past. Exam board is WJEC.

    So, when I signed up initially for the course the description told us that it is a course for people who are interested in the behind the scenes of film and enjoy learning about how film is made. It was not a course for people who just like watching movies. I loved watching 'the making of' documentaries on films and when I went to TV sets I decided that I just wanted to learn more. Near enough, first day of starting the course the teacher was telling us that we need to be going to the cinema to watch new films on a weekly basis and that if we didn't, we'll struggle on the course. Althouh I can somewhat see why he wants us to, I can't afford the cinema on a weekly basis.

    First two weeks we basically just did quizzes on what certain film stars earnt and who earnt the most. It was so boring because I wanted to start learning. He's now moved onto giving us a booklet with questions on different film scenes that once we watch in lesson, we have to answer the questions which basically get us to analyse what we've seen. Thing is, we haven't been told how to analyse, we've just been given a sheet with the different types of camera angles and that's all I have. I thought perhaps it's because it's A Level and it's independant learning, but my 3 other A Levels actually teach us how to analyse and how to do things, and if we don't understand we have to go away and consolidate this in our own time.

    I think it might be him as a teacher, but I'm not 100% sure on this. I just get the idea that he doesn't really know what he's doing because he's always uming and aring and seems to waste time a lot. I don't really get the impression that he's confident in what he's saying.

    I've done one assessment and one essay as homework, both of them I've got B's in. I don't know if he's grading them against the mark scheme, or if he's graded them based on what he wanted us to put in. But it just seems too easy to do well in, yet he told us that it's a subject that gets the least As in it below Further Maths and the sciences.
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    You need to get a copy of the specification and just go through it independently, I done it for economics because my teachers were simply missing sections on the spec and I was going to risk failing, so I then done it for all of my courses.


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