This course is an ideal introduction to all aspects of GCSE Film Studies. Designed specifically for teachers new to the qualification it will offer advice on course structures, approaches to teaching and clear advice on examination requirements.
This first session will give an overview of the 3 different components of the GCSE course and the different skills required in each section. It will spend time scrutinising key terminology and we will spend some time discussing the texts, considering our familiarity with them and consequently how that might impact on what centres might choose to study. This session will also touch on some of the concepts new teachers might be wary of, such as teaching aesthetics and specialist writing. It will also briefly discuss the role of NEA.
This session will start with an introduction to global film and the intention behind the choice of texts for study. We will analyse sequences from the different films and apply our analysis to exam style questions, whilst discussing which texts are popular with centres and why that might be. We will also look at various ways to engage students with a range of abilities, through lesson ideas and differentiated materials.
This section of the course requires students to think about how Hollywood is an integral aspect of a film industry that has shaped the world of film. It also tests learners’’ ability to compare texts that have been created in different eras of film-making. With a focus on context and comparison, we will spend time analysing sequences from some of the possible texts and look at how to make these texts relevant to students. As with Component One, we will look closely at the texts on offer, supporting materials and exam style questions and answers.
Coursework is worth 30% of students overall mark and is internally assessed. This session will discuss the standards expected for GCSE level coursework by looking at examples and marking them alongside the assessment criteria. We will discuss technical requirements and possible approaches to teaching elements of coursework as well as how best to support the creativity of our learners whilst ensuring they reach those higher grade bands.
We will finish the door with open discussion and questions and hopefully will share ideas for success.
This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.
Chris Warrington has extensive experience in the current and previous iterations of the WJEC/EDUQAS specifications for Film Studies and has also provided key resources and consultation for the EDUQAS Film Studies specification.
His school has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation for excellence in Production by the EDUQAS board. As a freelance film writer with over ten years’ experience, he has been published in The Guardian, Future Publishing, The Big Picture, Film Stories and more. He is currently a Secondary Head of Film Studies at leading school in Derbyshire.