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Key Stage 4 Film Studies (GCSE)

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.

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. Learners will develop their knowledge of US mainstream film by studying one film from the 1950s and one film from the later 70s and 80s, thus looking at two stages in Hollywood's development. In addition, they will be studying more recent films – a US independent film as well as films from Europe, including the UK, South Africa and Australia.

Production is an important part of this specification and is integral to learners' study of film. Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting.

There are 3 mandatory components to this course:

Component 1: Key Developments in US Film

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 35% of qualification
  • 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

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 35% of qualification
  • This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three global films produced outside the US chosen from a range of options.

Component 3: Production

  • Non-exam assessment 30% of qualification
  • This component assesses the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of film to a production and its accompanying evaluative analysis.