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Following several requests, the deadline for entries for this year's Moving Image Awards has been extended to TUESDAY, 5 JULY 2016. Best of Luck! 


Moving Image Awards Application Form 2016



Draft new Eduqas specifications will be published on WJEC's Eduqas website on 28 JULY 2016, the day they are submitted to Ofqual for accreditation.


Free half-day CPDs to introduce the specifications will take place in October and free full day events, exploring teaching approaches to the new specifications, are planned for the Spring term, 2017.  

First teaching of the new specifications starts in September 2017.    Final assessment of the existing specifications is Summer 2018.

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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