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GCSE Film Studies

Course contact: Mr S Witcher - switcher@rbhs.co.uk

Specification: GCSE

Course Outline

There is so much more to Film Studies than simply watching films. When watching a film, we might regard it as relaxation or escapism. However, the in-depth study of film involves coming from a very different starting point.

As well as gaining an appreciation of film as an art form in terms of its visual storytelling, studying film can enhance your understanding of the world, for example by exploring competing values, attitudes and beliefs. Our course also incorporates a creative production element where you will put what you have learnt into practice by making a short film or writing a screenplay.

What will I study?

You will study the following areas:

  • US Film 1930-1960 (e.g. Rebel Without a Cause)
  • US Film 1961-1990 (e.g. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
  • US Independent film (e.g. Whiplash)
  • Global Film (e.g. Slumdog Millionaire and Spirited Away)
  • Contemporary UK Film (e.g. Attack the Block)

You will study the key elements of film form, including cinematography, mise en scene, editing and sound. You will also explore the contexts of your chosen films and what was happening when the film was made.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1: 90 minutes written examination - 35% of the course
  • Unit 2: 90 minutes written examination - 35% of the course
  • Unit 3: Non-examination assessment - 30% of the course

What could I do afterwards?

This can lead to the A-level Media or Film course, a BTEC Level 3 in Media or a job in the film or television industry. For example, producing, directing, script-writing etc.

rbhs year 9 options booklet print outlined 17.pdf

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