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Film Studies GCSE
WJEC provides, and will continue to provide, GCE and GCSE Film Studies qualifications which meet the needs of teachers and the requirements of regulators in both England and Wales
Welcome to WJEC's GCSE Film Studies, an exciting subject which gives students the chance to study a mainstream genre and films from outside Hollywood. Students can also choose from a range of creative production options and develop their ability to research. The subject can be followed onto GCE AS/A Level.
Moving Image Awards
WJEC's Moving Image Awards is a new and exciting competition designed to recognise the best moving image productions made by students aged 14-19 at schools and colleges offering WJEC qualifications.
Principal Examiners' Report Summer 2013
The Principal Examiners' report, providing feedback on the summer 2013 series of examinations, is now available. Centres are advised to read the report carefully as it provides helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next series of examinations.
- The moderator's reports are also now available on the secure website (see Internal Assessment Mark Input area).
- The moderator's report indicates clearly if centre marks have been adjusted.
- There may be a slight difference of marks between centre marks and UMS marks for all centres.
Revised Specification for first Assessment (Award) in Summer 2013
Centres are reminded that they should now be following the revised specification for first assessment in Summer 2013 and then in subsequent years (until further notice). For the key features of the revised specification see Circular No. 7.
CPD Arrangements 2013-2014
The internal assessment standardising continuing professional development programme for the 2013 – 2014 academic year is now open for bookings. These events are free of charge, but please note that attendance is limited to one member of staff per centre for each subject. Examination review will be provided online. Additional members of staff may attend on payment of a £30 per head administration fee. Examination review will be provided online. A presentation giving details of this provision is now available on the website.
Studying Film at GCSE
Studying Film at GCSE (Auteur), Fairclough, Garvey, Newman & Patrick, now once again available! (It was briefly out of print owing to a high level of demand.)
2012 Exemplar Material
2012 Exemplar controlled assessment material - including examples of candidates' film extracts - is available to download from WJEC's secure website (Resourcses PDF Download - GCSE Film Exemplar 2012).
2012 CPD material can also be downloaded from the secure website (Resources PDF Download - CPD material).
Case study Notes for teachers on The Wave and Persepolis are also available on the secure website under Exploring Film Outside Hollywood.
Note: a password for the secure website is provided by your examinations officer.
Further resources are available through our online shop.
Exploring Film outside Hollywood (Current Specification)
For Case Study material on the following films, click below:
Uniform Marks (UMS)
Information on how raw marks are converted to unifrom marks may be found in the following document - Uniform Marks.
In order to familiarise students with requirements of the examinations, the front page of the examination paper(s) can be viewed by clicking Paper 1 Exploring Film or Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood. This includes instructions for viewing the film extract for Paper 1.
GCSE in Film Studies
The features of the new GCSE are:
- a chance for students to explore popular mainstream films from Hollywood as well as films outside the mainstream,
- opportunities to plan and make film sequences as well as create a range of other film-related material like web pages and film posters,
- assessment through two short examinations (50% external assessment) and two main items (a film exploration and a production) of internally assessed work (50% internal assessment).
For further information, please contact:
Jeremy Points - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5195
Jodie Mearing-Lane - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5101