Film Studies

Department Information

Year 10 or 11 GCSE (One Year Course):

Starting with familiar mainstream films, the course allows students to study films and the ways in which they are experienced in today’s global society, and investigates the place film has in communicating ideas, attitudes and cultural beliefs, both now and in the past. This is approached through three inter-related study areas, which act as a framework for studying and creating film:

  • The language of film.
  • The organisations which produce, distribute and exhibit films.
  • The audiences for film.


Controlled Assessment: candidates will be required to submit one film exploration and one production for their controlled assessment. The work for the controlled assessment is designed to draw on candidates’ personal experiences of consuming and responding to film and to allow them to demonstrate understanding through creative production work.

The external assessment, worth 50% of the total mark, is in the form of two papers. The first is based on a set film made outside Hollywood and the second on a popular genre set by the examination board which, in the past, have included disaster and superhero films.

Departmental Staff

Mr James – Head of Department –[email protected]

Ms McNally – Teacher of GCSE Film Studies

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

A website by the head of Film Studies. Giving key information about the coursework.

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