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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. 

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. 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 

Book a place via our online booking system.

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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GCSE 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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