Exam Board: WJEC
Film is widely acknowledged as the major art form of the 20th Century and today film continues to be an important part of most people’s cultural experience. GCSE Film aims to place your experiences and creative ideas at the centre of the course. You will explore a wide range of films and learn through your own creative work. The course is underpinned by the relationship between films, their audiences and the organisations that produce, distribute and exhibit them.
Examination – 70% of total mark
Key Developments in US Film
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three US films chosen from a range of options:
- US film comparative study.
- Key developments in film and film technology.
- US independent film.
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:
- English language film.
- Non-English language film.
- Contemporary UK film.
Coursework – 30% of total mark
Production - Non-exam assessment
Students have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the exploration and analysis of film through:
One genre-based film extract (either from a film or from a screenplay).
One evaluative analysis of the production, where learners analyse and evaluate their production in relation to comparable, professionally-produce films or screenplays.
- Learning and using film vocabulary to analyse media texts.
- The creation and marketing of film products through practical work.
- Understanding of some film theory and theorists.
- Film institutions and their audiences.
GCSE Film can lead to a number of AS courses including AS Media, English, Film, BTEC in Media, Graphics, etc. With a growing Film industry, students with media qualifications will be sought in many related professions such as Journalism, Design, Advertising, Film, TV, Music & Radio and even Game Design.