Eduqas GCSE Film Studies – Excellence in the Scriptwriting NEA

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This course is designed for EDUQAS GCSE Film Studies centres that are seeking to ensure able students fulfil their potential in the Non Exam Assessed portion of the course, with a focus on the screenwriting element primarily.

The course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve an improved grade in the NEA portion of the course. It will focus on a detailed analysis of what is expected to achieve grades 7-9 as well as looking at helping pupils cement grades 5+. It will cover the specification components and exploring ways to build your teaching practice around this. The course will also provide guidance on an effective iterative process of producing the script, through a clear stepped program of teaching approaches as well as guiding students on the important practical formal aspects of writing an effective screenplay.

Led by experienced examiner and teacher, Chris Warrington, the course is designed for new and experienced teachers of EDUQAS Film Studies.


  • Focused on the obstacles and barriers to entry which inhibit and prevent many students from achieving their potential.
  • Emphasis on a focused period of teaching which challenges and builds student skills so they can achieve their potential.
  • Focus on the practical steps that need to be taken to cement achievement – especially regarding formal approaches to screenplays.
  • A detailed look at the grade criteria and how this should be interpreted.
  • Sample scripts, shooting scripts and evaluations of varying grades will be analysed and marked along with examples of feedback process for both all aspects of the course.
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the course in innovative and student-friendly ways that push all students to achieve.

The Current Specification & Your Timelines

10.00 – 10.45am
  • Where to place the NEA in your curriculum map.
  • Current guidelines for the script.
  • Limiting the scope of your approach.
  • Looking at the script during your film analysis.
  • A culmination of your study.
  • Differentiation of ability and the opportunity for growth/challenge.

Morning Break

10.45 – 11.00am


11.00 – 11.30am
  • Getting students comfortable with the script format.
  • Introducing and recognising the demands of the grade criteria.
  • Creating their own genre film.
  • Selecting a scene and locking it in to the genre.

Classroom Techniques and the Template

11.30 – 12.00pm
  • The class ‘team’ and ‘production pairs’.
  • Using a template – essential guidance.
  • Scaffold and fade. The class script.
  • Looking at professional scripts – The Lethal Weapon standard.

Soft Feedback & The Shooting Script

12.00 – 12.45pm
  • Modelling examples of the shooting script – what is enough/too much.
  • How closely should it fit the screenplay.
  • The Mark Scheme and approaches to marking.
  • What are the key signifiers of ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’ etc.
  • Introducing examples to look at over lunch.


12.45 – 13.45pm

Marking Symposium

13.45 – 14.15pm
  • Sharing feedback and opinion on marked examples.
  • Traps to avoid and things to look out for.
  • The rubric.

The Evaluation

14.15 – 14.45pm
  • Introducing the evaluation to the students.
  • Modelling at the different levels.
  • Guidance to provide.
  • The key questions checklist.
  • How to go the extra mile and present an effective and visually interesting evaluation.

Afternoon Break

14.45 – 15.00pm

The Feedback & Plenary

15.00 – 15.45pm
  • What is the most effective way to feedback to students?
  • How do you guarantee improvements?
  • The ‘NEA in a day’ course for students who have missed/been unable to complete the course
  • Q&A and follow up to any raised questions.


London | Wednesday 15 December 2021

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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.


  • Heads of Film/Media Studies
  • Heads of English with a Film Cohort
  • Teachers of GCSE Film Studies


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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