Introducing Film Studies

In Film studies, students will be encouraged to:

  •   develop their interest and enjoyment of film in its national and global contexts and begin to develop an appreciation of cultural diversity through the close study of a wide range of films
  •   develop a critical and investigative approach to films, the film industry and film audiences
  •   study patterns of similarity and difference across a range of films
  •   recognise the ways in which films represent people, places, ideas, issues and

    events to different audiences

  •   recognise the ways in which film technologies shape film productions
  •   recognise and explore the creative possibilities of film and film products
  •   engage with aesthetic, technical, economic, ethical and moral issues as they arise in their study of film, film audiences and the film industry.

Over the course of the G.C.S.E in Film, students will be expected to:



Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how films communicate meanings, evoke personal responses and engage audiences.


Explore, respond to and evaluate a range of films and topics, including their own preproduction and production work, using key film concepts and appropriate terminology.


Demonstrate planning, research and presentational skills.


Use creative and technical skills to construct film products.


GCSE Film Studies aims to place candidates’ experiences and creative ideas at the centre of the specification. It is designed to allow them to explore a wide range of films and to learn through their own creative work. The specification is underpinned by the relationship between films, their audiences and the organisations which produce, distribute and exhibit them.

The specification is therefore organised in three inter-related study areas:

  •   film language
  •   film organisations
  •   film audiences.


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