Film Studies

Shapwick has seen this subject become one of our most successful in terms of its exam results, with our exciting cohorts regularly leaving with 80-100% A*-C.

The course contains a mix of practical work and theory, both in controlled assessment and in two final exam papers. The current examination (which will last through to the end of the 2017 academic year) has focused on the recent genre explosion of Superhero films and franchises and also allows us to choose a Non-Hollywood produced film from the WJEC’s prescribed “reading list” to do a close analysis on.

Students are expected to demonstrate a love for film, an awareness of the film industry and how it caters for different audiences. Through the course, they explore how people and places are represented and the social issues and themes that are raised in films. They also learn to comment upon and analyse film techniques using technical vocabulary which they will have develop over the period of the course.

For any student interested in the world of media, and specifically the film industry, this is an excellent course on which to build a foundation from, which they can delve deeper into in their post-16 education.

Film Studies GCSE

Exam Board: WJEC Eduqas

Pattern of Assessment:

External Assessment by 2 examinations 70%

Controlled Assessment of 2 pieces of coursework 30%

Course Content:

This GCSE holds film making and screenwriting at the heart of the qualification.
For those students who are interested in working in the world of media, this GCSE acts as an excellent grounding in the world and history of film, investigating the roots of the medium and its contemporary uses in popular culture.

The qualification is split into 3 parts. Component 1 and 2 are a formal written exam and Component 3 is a film making assessment, delivered and marked in school.

Component 1

Students will do comparative study on a pair of US films, one from before 1960 and one after 1960 (EG: King Solomon's Mines (1950s) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1980s), as well as a close analysis on a contemporary US independent film.

Component 2

Students will study 3 non-US films, chosen from a list of "set texts" and answer questions based on how those films represent the cultures from which they originate and how they were received by the western press.

Component 3

The students will produce a short genre-based film extract and an evaluative analysis of their process, in comparison with a professional film in their chosen genre.

Post-16 this will allow students to move into a media focused course, as well as being an excellent grounding for those students who wish to move on into working directly in the industry itself. Transferable skills focus heavily on time-management, independent learning, project-management and analytical thinking.