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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.

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1. CPD

4.  Sample Scripts   and Controlled Assessment

2. Specification Options

5.  Publications

3. Key Dates, Bulletins and   FAQs   

6.  Exam Familiarisation

1. Continuing Professional Development 

New GCSE Film Studies Specifications - Briefing Sessions:  We are running a series of free, half day briefing sessions for the new Eduqas Film Studies Specification. 

The sessions will give an overview of the draft specifications and sample assessment materials including assessment objectives, examination structure and other key areas.

GCSE Eduqas Film Studies Briefing sessions (Autumn 2016)

New GCSE Film Studies Specifications - Preparing to Teach: This full day course is designed for teachers who are preparing to teach the Eduqas GCSE Film Studies specification for first teaching from September 2017. Each session will look in-depth at the new specification including its assessment objectives, examination structure and other key areas and review sample assessment materials

GCSE Eduqas Film Studies Preparing to Teach CPD

Current Specification: 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) 

2. 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.

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:

Rebecca Ellis  - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5195

Hannah Macaulay - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5101
E-mail: hannah.macaulay@wjec.co.uk

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GCSE Film Studies Examiners' Report Summer 2016

Principal Examiners' Report

The Summer 2016 Principal Examiners' reports provide feedback on this Summer's examination series. The reports include helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next examination series.

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