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Draft WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Film Studies (for teaching from 2017)

Through our Eduqas brand, WJEC is developing a reformed GCSE (9-1) Film Studies qualification, regulated by Ofqual, for teaching from 2017. This qualification is designed to meet regulatory requirements in England. The draft specification can be found on the Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Film Studies page.

Where no reformed specification is being developed for use in Wales, Qualifications Wales is considering whether GCSE qualifications developed for use in England can be used. We understand that it is Qualifications Wales' intention to make these GCSEs available in Wales, however, details are yet to be confirmed. We will provide an update when we have more information.

Other items on this page

1. Specification Options

4.  Sample Scripts   and Controlled Assessment

2. CPD

5.  Publications

3. Key Dates, Bulletins and   FAQs   

6.  Exam Familiarisation

1. Specification Options

The current specification end date (final assessment) will be Summer 2018.

Set Genre and Films Outside Hollywood - Please note that the current set genre (Superhero films) and the current choice of films outside Hollywood will be available until a new specification is introduced.

2. Continuing Professional Development 

Join us in London this November for the GCSE Film Studies CPD course for teachers and centres new to the current specification. Book your place by clicking the link below:

WJEC GCSE Film Studies - Current Specification (Autumn 2016) 

3. Key Dates, Bulletins and FAQs

4. Sample Scripts and Controlled Assessment

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.

5. Publications 

Film Studies - Study and Revision Guide (Illuminate Publising), Newman, Fairclough & Dearden (includes case study material on Tsotsi, The Devil's Backbone and The Wave)

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.) (includes case study material on The Boy in Striped Pyjamas and Rabbit Proof Fence)

Studying Tsotsi Judith Gunn

Studying The Devil's Backbone James Rose

6. Exam familiarisation

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.

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 Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5101
E-mail: jodie.mearing-lane@wjec.co.uk

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