Film Studies GCSE

WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1)

Film is an important part of many people's lives. Those who choose to study it characteristically bring with them a huge enthusiasm and excitement for film which constantly motivates them in their studies. They 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 – one which can exploit striking cinematography, composition and locations as well as powerful music and sound. 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.

Subject Breakdown

Paper 1: Exploring Film
(external assessment)
30% of GCSE 1 hour 30 mins

Four compulsory questions focusing on one film genre. These questions will assess knowledge and understanding of film language and key industry and audience issues. The film genre will be set by the Awarding Body and will change every three years. 

  • Question 1: Response to a film extract chosen from the genre candidates have studied (questions based on film language)
  • Question 2: Response to genre elements to study, considering all aspects of film language 
  • Question 3: Response to aspects of the marketing and promotion of films 
  • Question 4: A series of creative tasks assessing the knowledge and understanding of films in relation to audience and industry 

Paper 2: Exploring Film outside of Hollywood
20% of GCSE 1 hour

Three compulsory questions on one film produced outside Hollywood, chosen from a list prescribed by the Awarding Body. Questions will be based on;

  • Characters, narratives, themes and issues in the film chosen
  • The way people, places, events and issues are represented in the film 
  • A creative question involving individual responses to the film (e.g reviews, blogs, website entries)

Controlled Assessment:
50% of GCSE

Two main items - a film exploration (two tasks) and a production (four tasks)

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