Film Studies

Film Studies

WJEC GCSE Film Studies

Contact: Mrs L Southwell – Faculty Lead for Communications

Summary of Assessment

1: External Assessment (50%)

Paper 1: Exploring Film 30% (1 hr 30 minutes)

Four compulsory questions focusing on one film genre. These questions will assess knowledge and understanding of film language and key industry and audience issues.

The film genre will be set by WJEC. Genre for first examination in 2013 and in subsequent examination series (until the end date of the specification): Superhero films.

The end date of the specification will be confirmed on WJEC’s website when established.

Paper 2: Exploring Film outside Hollywood 20% (1 hour)

Three compulsory questions on one film produced outside Hollywood, chosen from a list prescribed by WJEC. Questions will be based on:

  • characters, narratives, themes and issues in the film chosen
  • the way people, places, events and issues are represented in the film and
  • a creative question involving individual responses to the film (e.g., reviews, blogs, website entries).

The films outside Hollywood for first examination in 2013 and in subsequent examination series (until the end date of the specification) are listed on page 11 of specification.

The end date of the specification will be confirmed on WJEC’s website when established.

2: Controlled Assessment (50%)

Exploring and creating
Two main items: a film exploration (two tasks) and a production (four tasks).

1: Exploring a film of the candidate’s choice – two tasks (30 marks)

An exploration of a film of a candidate’s choice consisting of (i) industry research (350-500 words) and (ii) a micro analysis of a short extract from the film (350 – 750 words).

2: Production – four tasks (70 marks)

Candidates create (i) a pitch for an imaginary film (approximately 150 words), use the created pitch to form the basis of (ii) a preproduction (chosen from a list of options) and (iii) a final production (chosen from a list of options). They then complete (iv) a brief evaluative analysis of the final production.

Aims

Candidates will be encouraged to:

  • 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 difference across a range of films
  • recognise the ways 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.