Led by Julie Patrick, experienced CPD presenter for EDUQAS and current team leader for Paper 2, 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.


  • Detailed analysis of the demands of each components
  • Will closely analyse mark schemes and sample answers
  • Suggestions for course outlines and schemes of work will be discussed
  • Materials will be provided to support teaching and learning
  • The demands of NEA will be scrutinized and examples will be looked at across a range of marks
  • Discussion will be open and informed


DATE & LOCATION Online | Monday 22 March 2021
Online | Thursday 17 June 2021
  • NQT’s
  • New 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– 11.00am: An introduction to the course

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 scrutinizing 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.

11.00-11.15: Break

11.15-12.00pm: Global Film- Component Two

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.

12.00 – 1.00pm:  Key developments in US film-Component One

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.

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch

2.00-3.00pm: Creating great NEA

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.

 3.00-3.15pm Tea Break

 3.15- 3.45 Plenary, questions and depart

We will finish the door with open discussion and questions and hopefully will share ideas for success.

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.