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Film Studies GCSE

There is an Eduqas/WJEC GCSE in Film Studies. It has a compulsory Non-Examination Assessment, which makes it very difficult for private candidates to sit. Some have managed it, for example by working with a tutor who is attached to a school or exam centre which is happy to have their students entered as internal candidates.

From Eduqas:

'The WJEC Eduqas specification in GCSE Film Studies is designed to draw on learners' enthusiasm for film and introduce them to a wide variety of cinematic experiences through films which have been important in the development of film and film technology. Learners will develop their knowledge of US mainstream film by studying one film from the 1950s and one film from the later 70s and 80s, thus looking at two stages in Hollywood's development. In addition, they will be studying more recent films – a US independent film as well as films from Europe, including the UK, South Africa and Australia.

Production is an important part of this specification and is integral to learners' study of film. Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting. This is intended to support learners in producing creative films and screenplays as well as enable their production work to provide an informed filmmaker's perspective on their own study of film.'

There are two written exams which comprise 70% of the marks and the NEA accounts for the remainder of the marks.

For experiences with this GCSE, it would be best to ask in the HE Exams Facebook group.

Resources for Film Studies GCSE

AWE Home education Club runs live classes in Waltham Abbey, leading to the Eduqas GCSE.

TeachAllAboutIT runs a live online course for Film Studies GCSE.

Here is the textbook.

Other Resources

Film Oxford is a charity providing film courses for young people, including disabled ones. Other cities may have similar organisations which could be useful.

The Screen and Film School in Birmingham offers short courses for teenagers.

Course providers may also be found on the Distance Learning Providers page