This course will suggest ways to support your students in achieving grades 7-9, through looking closely at the marking criteria and considering what separates the 7-9 from the 5-6 . Led by Julie Patrick, experienced CPD presenter for EDUQAS and current team leader for Paper 2, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas using examination texts and will look at exam style questions and typical answers, scrutinizing how they have met the grading criteria.


  • Focuses on the demands of the top band and provides  materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • Will closely analyse mark schemes and sample answers
  • Detailed analysis of the demands of different components and examination questions
  • Materials will be provided to support teaching and learning
  • Discussion will be open and informed


DATE & LOCATION Online | Tuesday 20 April 2021
Online | Thursday 10 June 2021
  • NQT’s
  • New Film Teachers
  • Current Film Teachers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Webinar
  • You will receive a specially prepared file electronically containing detailed notes, and teaching materials and resources which will be of immediate practical benefit in the classroom.
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

10.00– 11.30am: Key aspects of achieving 7-9

This session will focus on what separates the 7-9 answers from the 4-6 and look at common misconceptions of what an excellent Film Studies student ‘looks’ like. We will achieve this by looking at:

  • Key attributes of high level answers
  • How to structure a 7-9 answer for different questions
  • Looking at and completing model answers
  • Scrutinizing the language of 7-9 answers
  • Assessing and comparing different answers

11.30-11.50: Break

11.50-1.00pm:  Supporting students in reaching 7-9

Here we will take a closer look at the specification, focussing on how marks are allocated. We will look closely at question papers and what responses examiners are expecting. We will focus on aspects such as:

    • Understanding assessment objectives
    • Comparing the demands of the different components
    • Scrutinizing marking criteria in the top band
    • Breaking down questions to ensure 7-9 answers
    • Exam feedback and examiner reports

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch

2.00 – 3.00pm: Approaches to teaching/Sharing good practice

In this final session we will discuss teaching ideas that work to support all students and there will be opportunity for everyone to share their ideas. I will particularly focus on:

    • Referencing film sequences to maximum effect
    • How to support the effective analysis of texts
    • Aesthetics & specialist writing and what they mean to 7-9 students
    • Using resources to stretch and challenge 7-9 students
    • The importance of context
    • What 7-9 coursework looks like

3.00-3.15pm: Tea Break

3.15-3.45pm Plenary & depart

Here will be a chance to bring up any queries, discuss any pressing issues or consider other support that could be offered.

Julie Patrick

Julie Patrick is an exemplary secondary educator with over 20 years’ experience. Specialising in Film & Media, she was an integral member of the team that pioneered the original EDUQAS/WJEC Film Studies GCSE course. Additionally, she was a Principal Examiner for Paper 2 for many years before focusing on delivering CPD for EDUQAS. An established textbook contributor, she is the author of Sitcom: A Teacher’s Guide. As well as her editorial and examination work Julie continues to teach Media and Film Studies at GCSE and A level in a Yorkshire secondary school.