Film Studies

GCSE Film Studies




Students will:

  • Develop their interest and enjoyment of film in its national and global contexts and begin to develop an appreciation of cultural diversity through the close study of a wide range of films.
  • Develop a critical and investigative approach to films, the film industry and film audiences.
  • Study patterns of similarity and differences across a range of films.
  • Recognise the way in which films represent people, places, ideas, issues and events to different audiences.
  • Recognise the ways in which film technologies shape film productions.
  • Recognise and explore the creative possibilities of film and film products.
  • Engage with aesthetic, technical, economic, ethical and moral issues as they arise in their study of film, film audiences and the film industry.


GCSE Film Studies is assessed through 70% examination and 30% Non-exam assessment.

Component One: Key developments in US Film
Ferris Beuller’s Day Off [Hughes, USA, 1986] – 12A
Rebel Without a Cause [Ray, USA, 1955] – PG
Juno [Reitman, USA, 2007]

Component Two: Global Film: Narrative, Representation and Film Style.
Tsotsi [Hood, South Africa, 2005] – 15
District 9 [Blomkamp, South Africa, 2009] – 15
Attack the Block [Cornish, UK, 2011] – 15

NEA: Students create a storyboard and shooting script focusing towards a particular genre style. Also produce an evaluation of the process.

All exams are in the Summer Term.

Updated 18/03/2022