In 2022, 77% of our pupils entered for a GCSE in Film Studies achieved a Grade 4 or above with 41% achieving at least a Grade 5
“Whoever controls the media, controls the world.” -George Orwell
Students will study and engage with a diverse range of critically acclaimed films, designed to develop their analytical and textual analysis skills. Students will become confident readers of film and learn to appreciate film both as something with an artistic, aesthetic value as well as something that reflects and shapes cultural ideas.
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Component 1: Key Developments in US Film Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (35% of qualification)
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three US films chosen from a range of options. Assessment consists of four questions on one pair of US mainstream films and one US independent film:
Section A: US film comparative study
• One stepped question on the first of the chosen pair of films (produced between 1930 and 1960)
• One stepped question on the second of the chosen pair of films (produced between 1961 and 1990)
• One question requiring a comparison of the chosen pair of films Section B: Key developments in film and film technology
• One multi-part question on developments in film and film technology Section C: US independent film
• One question on one US independent film.
Component 2: Global Film: Narrative, Representation and Film Style Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (35% of qualification)
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three global films produced outside the US chosen from a range of options. Assessment consists of three questions in three sections:
• Section A: one stepped question on one global English language film
• Section B: one stepped question on one global non-English language film
• Section C: one stepped question on one contemporary UK film.
Component 3: Production Non-exam assessment (30% of qualification)
This component assesses the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of film to a production and its accompanying evaluative analysis. Learners produce:
• One genre-based film extract (either from a film or from a screenplay)
• One evaluative analysis of the production, where learners analyse and evaluate their production in relation to comparable, professionally-produced films or screenplays.