Film Studies

Overview of KS4

Why Study Film Studies?

GCSE Film Studies will help you to develop many useful skills such as:

Analysis – You’ll never be able to watch a film again without analysing it. You will learn the skills of analysis which can be applied to many other subjects, English, History, Business Studies etc.

Communication and practical skills – You will work in groups to simulate film studio practices such as marketing, as well as having the opportunity to create your own film.


What will I study?

The main features of this GCSE are:

A chance for students to explore popular mainstream films from Hollywood as well as films outside the mainstream and Global cinema.

The current films being studied are: Submarine’ 2010  Richard Ayoade, ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ 2002  Phillip Noyce, ‘The Wave’ 2008 Dennis Gansel, ‘Whiplash’ 2014  Damien Chazelle, ‘Witness’ 1985  Peter Weir  and ‘Rear Window’1954 Alfred Hitchcock

Opportunities to plan and make film sequences and screenplays. GCSE Film Studies explores how the Film Industries such as Hollywood and Britain operate and considers the impact they have on all of our lives.


How will I be assessed?

GCSE Film Studies involves coursework and 2 final examination papers:

Paper 1 – 35%:US

Paper 2 -35%

Coursework -30%

You will produce an extract of a genre film and write a detailed evaluation of it.


What skills will I need?

To achieve GCSE Film Studies you will need:


What sort of things will I do in lessons?

GCSE Film Studies lessons are varied. You will:


The aim is to:


Grade Ladders

Grade ladders show the skills/content that a pupil is required to demonstrate to reach each particular grade. These can be used by pupils and parents in targeting what they need to do to make progress in each subject.

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Curriculum Intent

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