AWE Club – Film Studies GCSE

Film Studies GCSE
Teacher – Neil

AWE Club - Film Studies GCSE

This is an amazing opportunity only available through AWE Home Ed Club

*NEW* Alternate Thursday 09:30 to 12:30 *OPEN*
TWO year course
Minimum age: 13
3 hours per lesson

Course Description

This is a great fun course which students really enjoy. Students will make a short extract of a film that will contribute 30% of their final exam grade – that’s one less exam to sit! Neil will mark and submit their coursework to T&E.

This GCSE is not usually available to Home Educators however AWE Club have been running it successfully for many years.


Exams must be sat at a T&E branch.

The WJEC Eduqas specification in GCSE Film Studies is designed to draw on learners’ enthusiasm for film and introduce them to a wide variety of cinematic experiences through films which have been important in the development of film and film technology. Students will learn to analyse film according to the academic discipline of Film Studies. They will learn the different parts of film form and how these are used as tools by film makers to achieve their purposes and fit with their aesthetic decisions. They will look at the representation of gender, race, age and class and how the social and technological context has affected films. Students will also learn the skills of using academic language in both their discussion of and writing about films.

For their exams students will choose films from a prescribed list which will result in them studying US mainstream films from the 1950s and the 1970s/80s from the same genre to make contextual comparison. They will also study a US independent film, a non-US, non-British English Language film, a non-English Language film and a modern British film. Students will also make their own extract of a film to fit a specific genre and evaluate their production. This will contribute to 30% of their final mark.

Course  information:


Your young people will need the coursebook for this GCSE:

All students will need the course book, this is essential for the course. I have given you the link to the book on Amazon below. It’s £28 I am afraid but it is needed. Please ensure you order this edition of the book, published in May 2023 as it reflects the updates in the syllabus.

Disclaimer and notes for exams

Exams are optional and remain the parents responsibility to arrange and book by the exam centres specified deadlines. This GCSE has a coursework element plus 2 final exams. This is not usually available to Home Educators.

The final exams must be sat at a Tutors & Exams branch which may result in an extra journey for families to get to their local T&E.

The Coronavirus exam disaster of 2020 and 2021 has shown us that despite our best efforts we cannot plan for every eventuality. We are in a better position than many private candidates in that Neil already acts in an approved capacity at the exam centres so this year’s students have all been able to receive a predicted grade without issues or additional expense. This has been a great relief to parents and students and will give additional reassurances that these new courses will be able to be completed regardless of any resurgence of Coronavirus and any subsequent exam cancellations.

GCSE Film Studies