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Ofqual consultation on GCSE/AS and A level Film Studies (England Only)

Ofqual have launched their consultation on the rules and guidance for new GCSEs, AS and A levels in Film Studies. This contains important proposals around coursework (non-exam assessment) requirements in new specifications.

The deadline for responses is 24 March. Centres are encouraged to respond.

Further information is available from the Media Education Association.

DfE subject content for new Film Studies qualifications (England only)

We are delighted to announce that Department for Education (DfE) has now published the subject content for the reformed GCSE and GCE AS and A level Film Studies  qualifications for first teaching from September 2017 in England.  Please consult the DfE website for full details. 

GCSE Film Studies Subject Content

AS and A level Film Studies Subject Content

More information will be made available on our Eduqas Film Studies page later this year. 

BFI A Level Media Conference: 30 June - 1 July

Booking has opened for this year's A Level Media and Film Conference: www.bfi.org.uk/education/conferences<http://www.bfi.org.uk/education/conferences

Moving Image Awards 2016

We’re delighted to announce the Moving Image Awards for 2016.    The competition will be open to all students aged 14-19 who are following WJEC Film or Media Studies specifications.    The deadline for entries will be TUESDAY, 22 June 2016 and the Awards ceremony itself will be at the British Film Institute in early December 2016.  


The categories will be:

  • Short film (2-5 minutes)
  • Film extract (any genre, 2-5 minutes)
  • TV extract (any genre, 2-5 minutes)
  • Music Video (may be based on tracts where there is an existing music video, 2-5 minutes)
  • For entrants 16 or under on 31 August 2016, any moving image production may be submitted (2-5 minutes)

Moving Image Awards Application Form 2016

Other items on this page

1. Sample   Scripts and Internally Assessed Work

4.  FM1 – FM4   Resources

2. CPD

5.  FM3 Small Scale Research Project

3. Key Dates, Bulletins and FAQs  

6.  Publications

1. Sample Scripts and Internal Assessed Work

Examples of scripts with examiner comments giving advice on how these scripts could be improved are available via Online Exam Review

In addition, other examples of controlled assessment (with principal moderator comments and guidance) together with additional marked scripts (without examiner commentary) can be found on WJEC's secure website (for which you need a password provided by your exams officer)

Examples of work from 2015 should be available in the Autumn.

2. Continuing Professional Development

Book your place via our online booking system.

3. Key Dates, Bulletins and FAQs

4. Resources on FM1 - FM4

(4a) FM1

(4b) FM2

Exploring the US and UK Film Industry (resource for Section A). A new online resource in Gravity, The World's End and independent films Whiplash and The Machine will be available in January 2015.

(4c) FM3 Guidance - produced by Freddie Gaffney (Principal Moderator)

(4d) FM4

Section C - Critical Study

5. FM3 Small Scale Research Project Proposals 2015-2016

The FM3d forms are no longer formally required but you need to provide your moderator (via email) with the following information for each candidate:

  • Area of investigation (title)
  • Film framework (auteur, genre, etc.)
  • Main and related films.

Could all email attachments, if possible, be sent as word documents rather than PDFs.

Moderator Details for FM3 Small Scale Research Proposals can be found here. 

6. Publications

  • Sarah Casey Benyahia, Freddie Gaffney and John White AS Film Studies: The Essential Introduction, and A2 Film Studies: The Essential Introduction, Routledge (2008 & 2009) reflects the current specification.
  • Ed Jill Nelmes, Introduction to Film Studies, Routledge (5th edition, 2011)

Useful general books include:

  • Nick Lacey, Introduction to Film, Palgrave Macmillan (2005) is a more general book on Film Studies.
  • Roy Stafford, The Global Film Book, Routledge (2014)
  • Michele Aaron, Spectatorship: The Power of Looking On, Wallflower Press (2007)

Books on individual films, film topics and skills:

  • Danny Powell, Studying British Cinema: The 1960s
  • Eddie Dyja, Studying British Cinema: The 1990s
  • John Fitzgerald, Studying British Cinema: 1999-2009
  • Mark Ramey, Studying Fight Club
  • Freddie Gaffney, On Screenwriting
  • Emily Hughes, Studying Talk to Her

Other useful books which have material relevant to the new specification, but which were originally written for the previous, pre-2008 specification are:

  • Tanya Jones, A Level Film Studies for WJEC, Hodder Arnold (2005)
  • Jo Harland & Nick Timmons, AS FILM Studies, Nelson Thornes Ltd (2006)

For further information, please contact:

Jeremy Points - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5195
E-mail: jeremy.points@wjec.co.uk

Jodie Mearing-Lane - Subject Support Officers
Telephone: 029 2026 5101
E-mail: jodie.mearing-lane@wjec.co.uk

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GCE AS/A level Film Studies Examiners' Report Summer 2015

Principal Examiners' Report

The Summer 2015 Principal Examiners' Report, providing feedback on the Summer 2015 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.

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