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Film is widely acknowledged as a major art form of the 20th Century.  Film is a very important part of people’s cultural experience. The Film Studies specifications are 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.  Production work is a crucial part of the courses.  Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts gives learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting. 

Media Studies is on offer for A level learners who will study a wide range of rich and stimulating media products including newspapers, advertising and marketing, music videos, radio and video games. Learners will gain an understanding of Media Industries and Audiences and analyse Media Language, Theories and Representation in depth.  This offers opportunities for detailed analysis of how the media communicate meanings in a variety of forms. 

At Oaks Park we are one of the few schools that we offer Film Studies at both GCSE and A level with specialist teachers. You will explore a wide range of films and learn through your own creative work.  We have enviable facilities with a fantastic range of equipment, software and resources for students to use.

Media Studies learners will work from their product outwards and develop key transferable skill to debate key critical questions related to the social, cultural, political and economic role of the media. 

KS4 Film

Exam Board: EDUQAS

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-produced 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.