Film Studies GCSE

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Ideal Student: 

Creative, inquisitive and enthusiastic students who love to analyse the meanings behind images, movies and text. Students considering further studies in Media, Drama and English Literature.

Course Outline: 

Film is widely acknowledged as the major art form of the 20th and 21st centuries and continues to be an important part of most peoples' cultural experience. GCSE film studies aims to develop candidates understanding of how film as an art form can reflect society and culture through analysis and study of film technique, genre, production and exhibition.

Students will explore a range of topics that will cover the micro and macro elements of film and will produce a range of course work  including an in depth written analysis of a chosen film and a creative project including the use of media and photography in developing elements of a production process for a new movie. Students will also have to sit two written examinations based on a specific film genre and a non-Hollywood produced film.

Teaching and Learning Style: 

Students will take part in a range of learning activities including: Film theory and analysis, historical and cultural studies, practical workshop activities for the creative unit and exploration of set texts with timed exam responses.


Unit 1: Externally Marked Written Examinations        50%

Paper 1: Exploring Film (1 hr 30 minutes)                               30%    of overall grade
Paper 2: Exploring Film outside Hollywood (1 hour)                20%   of overall grade

Unit 2: Internally Marked and Externally Verified         50%

Exploring Film: A written exploration and analysis of a film of the candidates choosing (30 marks)
Film Production: A creative project developing an idea for a film                                    (70 marks)

Extra Curricular Opportunities: 

Regular sessions to watch a range of films that link to their studies. A private Cinema screening with opportunity to see how film distribution and exhibition works by having a ‘backstage’ tour.

Complementary Courses: 

English, Drama, History, Art and Design, Music, Media Studies.