GCSE Film Studies (Year11)

Syllabus Title: Film Studies GCSE

Exam Board: WJEC

Do you love watching films?
Have you ever thought about making a short film?

Can you name a favourite director? 
How do you feel about films with subtitles?

Film Studies is for students who want to know more, and understand better, about how films get made – in Britain, Hollywood and all over the world.

Film is widely acknowledged as the major art form of the 20th century and today film continues to be an important part of most people’s cultural experience.

This specification is designed to build upon students’ own experience of film – as          consumers and creators – and to encourage a recognition of the complexity of this experience within an increasingly globalised, interconnected environment.

Starting with familiar mainstream films, the specification allows students to study films and the ways in which they are experienced, the importance of visual representation in today’s global society and the place film has in communicating ideas, attitudes and cultural beliefs, both now and in the past.


A: External Assessment (50%)

Paper 1: Exploring Film 30% (1 hr 30 minutes).  Four compulsory questions focusing on analysing a short film sequence to see how it has been constructed to fit the genre expectation (2016 Superhero genre).

Paper 2: Exploring Film outside Hollywood 20% (1 hour), three compulsory questions on one film produced outside Hollywood, chosen from a list prescribed by WJEC for summer 2016 we chose the French film Amelie.

B: Controlled Assessment (50%)

1: Exploring a film of the candidate’s choice – two tasks (30 marks), an exploration of a film of a candidate’s choice consisting of (i) industry research (350-500 words) and (ii) a micro analysis of a short extract from the film (350 – 750 words).

2: Production – four tasks (70 marks) Candidates create (i) a pitch for an imaginary film (approximately 150 words), use the created pitch to form the basis of (ii) a preproduction (chosen from a list of options) and (iii) a final production (chosen from a list of options). They then complete (iv) a brief evaluative analysis of the final production.


There are several progression routes that successful students on this course could take at post-16 – many of which are available at our Sixth Form RR6: ‘A’ Levels in Film Studies, Media Studies, Photography, Communication, BTEC Nationals in Creative Media Production, or similar creative or critical courses.

Mr Whyte (Head of Media, Film & Photography)