Curriculum

Film Studies

Why study Film Studies?

If you are interested in Film (in front and behind the camera), English or the Arts then this course could be a very exciting opportunity. ‘Film’ and ‘moving images’ are a growing part of everyday life.

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.

What will I learn about?

Component 1: Key Developments in US Film
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three US films chosen from a range of options.

Component 2: Global Film: Narrative, Representation and Film Style
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three global films produced outside the US chosen from a range of options.

Component 3: Production
This component assesses the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of film to a production and its accompanying evaluative analysis.

How will I be assessed?

There are 3 units in total which will be assessed.

Component 1: Key Developments in US Film (Exam 35%)
Component 2: Global Film; Narrative, Representation and Film Style (Exam 35%)
Component 3: Production (Coursework 30%)

What do employers think about the subject?

Employers will highly value this subject as it will demonstrate a students ability to be creative whilst being analytical about screenplay. The skills that you will acquire through research and experience in lessons will allow you to become practitioners in whichever field you choose to go into.

What are the skills I will gain?

In addition to the knowledge and understanding learners gain from their GCSE study of film, they will also develop a range of literacy, communication, analytical, production, IT and other transferable skills. This will enable them to progress successfully to higher level study, whether that is in Film Studies, other related subjects or work environments.

Year -by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 9 your child will study:

Students will be given a taster of Film Studies during Y9 to experience what the course offers and what it entails. In this time they will learn about the elements from some of the units offered at GCSE including learning about the key elements of film form and the contexts of film.

In Year 10 your child will study:

Component 1:
Key Developments in US Film

Learners will study three US films for this component:

● One comparative study of a pair of mainstream genre films (from a choice of five
pairs). Each pair of films includes one film produced between 1930 and 1960 and one film produced between 1961 and 1990
● One independently produced film, from a choice of five recent films.

Component 2: Global Film: Narrative, Representation and Film Style

Learners will be required to study three films from outside the US for this component:

● One global English language film, from a choice of three, produced outside the US
● One global non-English language film, from a choice of three
● One UK film, from a choice of three, produced since 2010.

In Year 11 your child will study:

Component 3: Production

Production is integral to the study of film. As well as developing knowledge and understanding of a range of films in Components 1 and 2, learners will be acquiring a knowledge of filmmaking, which they will be able to apply in a synoptic way to their final production. In particular, Components 1 and 2 offer examples of genre films which will allow learners to gain an understanding of genre, genre conventions and the narratives associated with particular genres, all of which will inform their own
production.