Wednesday 17 March 2021

TIME: 4.00 – 6.00pm

CODE: 8530


This course is designed to ensure high-performing students of Eduqas A-Level Film Studies reach their full potential and reveal what is required to attain the highest level grades. The course will focus on key exam question requirements and how to effectively capitalize in these. There will be structured guidance on how to use textual analysis effectively and how to blend this alongside contextual knowledge, aesthetic influences and ideological evaluation into a successful answer. The course will also look at dynamic ways to write effective essays in the allocated time.


  • Increased understanding of classroom strategies to help boost exam performance and achieve grades at A*/A
  • Practical recommendations on how to structure answers for particularly difficult questions.
  • Materials and ideas to improve exam responses


4.00 – 4.30pm
Grade A-A*): what do they involve?

  • Structure of exam paper for components 1&2 and what this requires of the best students.
  • Key attributes of Grades A-A* students in the classroom and out of the classroom. The value of independent research and unique answers. Going beyond the lesson.
  • Grades A-A*: what are the fundamental and subtle differences between these?
  • In depth analysis of the mark schemes – what are the examiners looking for?

4.30 – 5.00pm
Key Things to Cover in a Paragraph

  • Writing an impactful introduction – what to cover and how to cover it. Establishing the approach.
  • The recipe for successful paragraphs – how to inject necessary information seamlessly. Does it all need to be in every paragraph?

5.00 – 5.30pm
Key issues in 40 mark questions (Paper 1 & 2)

  • Approaches to the 40 mark questions of paired studies – what do the best answers look like?
  • How to cover the content – weighting for films
  • The importance of connecting answers to ideology – with a breakdown of ideological bases for each paper.
  • Knowledge of the auteur i.e. personal histories and their effect on the work

5.30 – 5.45pm
Key issues in 20 mark questions (Paper 2)

  • Approaching the 20 mark questions – cutting the introduction.
  • How to ensure coverage in the limited time. There can be no wasted words.
  • Understanding the ‘critical debates’ and the importance of your own research (digital/film, expressionism/realism, narrative experiments)

5.45 – 6.00pm
How to revise when aiming for the top grades! The A/A* answer

  • It has synopticity – It showcases a student’s comprehensive research around the text whilst specifically detailing how this research connects toward the text itself.
  • The Triangulated Approach – Individual research, Creative and innovative interpretations and Tentative language especially on niche ideas that deal with fringe interpretation.
  • Wider contextual research – do you know the auteur’s other films? Are you able to talk about cultural contexts in detail? What is your knowledge of Falangist Spain like? Do you have any quotes?
  • Specific knowledge of the text itself – methods of concise, precise and detailed analysis.

Chris Warrington

Chris has extensive experience in the current and previous iterations of the WJEC/EDUQAS specifications for Film Studies and has also provided key resources for the EDUQAS GCSE key documents. 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.