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GCSE Film Studies

GCSE Film Studies

Course Information


Course Level
– 2
Course Type – GCSE
Specific Entry Requirements
4 GCSEs at grade 3
Duration – 1 Year
Student Age – 16-18

About The Course

Film is an important part of many people’s lives, those who choose to study it characteristically bring with them a huge enthusiasm and excitement for film which constantly motivates them in their studies. They experience a powerful medium that inspires a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective as they are drawn into characters, their narratives and the issues films raise. The root of that power is the immersive audio-visual experience film offers – one which can exploit striking cinematography, composition and locations as well as powerful music and sound.   

How Is The Course Taught?

The GCSE Film Studies course is designed to draw on your enthusiasm for film and introduce you to a wide variety of cinematic experiences through films which have been important in the development of film and film technology. You will develop your knowledge of the US mainstream and look at two stages in Hollywood’s development. In addition, you will be studying more recent films; a US independent film as well as films from around the world, including the UK, South Africa and Sweden. We will provide you with the tools to critically analyse film through a wide range of interactive learning activities. 

How will I be Assessed?

There are two written exams with one focussing on US Cinema and the other focusing on Global Film, including the London based Sci-Fi, Attack the Block. For component three you get the opportunity to create a film screenplay of your own. Production is an important part of this specification and is integral to your study of film.

What does it lead to?

GCSE Film Studies can lead to a range of courses at level 3, including BTECs and A levels as part of a full level 3 qualification. Should you want to follow a career in film, you could work towards becoming a cinematographer, with a typical salary of around £32,760.  

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