AWE Club – Online or Face to Face Film Studies GCSE Information

Online or Face to Face Film Studies GCSE
Teacher – Neil

AWE Club - Film Studies GCSE

2 Year course
Starts June 2022 for exam Summer 2024
Online or Face to Face at AWE Home Ed Club in Waltham Abbey
This is an amazing opportunity only available through AWE Home Ed Club
Minimum age: 13
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm (3 hours) alternate Thursdays for 2 years

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!

This GCSE is not usually available to Home Educators however AWE Club have been running it successfully for many years. LIMITED SPACES first come, first served, the DEADLINE TO PAY is the 25th April 2022. The fee £144.00 must be paid in advance by 25th April for the June and July half term. No fee = No place, I am afraid.

I have to ensure there are enough committed families to run the course. Once the course starts Neil, myself, the exams officer and the hall hire people all commit to the two years and we need to ensure we can afford to run it.

Lessons will be run ‘Face to Face’ at AWE Club in Waltham Abbey, Essex, near Junction 26 on the M25. Students can also attend ONLINE via TEAMS if they can not attend AWE Club. Please note due to Covid some of the course maybe run online (June and July 2022 will be online).

Lesson dates for June and July are 9th and 23rd June, 7th and 21st July


Exams must be sat at a T&E branch or our local exam centre in Hertfordshire. We need a minimum number of students to run this course. If there are not enough we will try to start it again in Sept 2022

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.


Usually about £12 per hour, depends on the number of children in the class.It is two years of alternate Thursdays. Each lesson is 3 hours. Fee will probably be £12 an hour so £36 alternate weeks. There are usually three or sometimes four lessons in each half term so most half terms you will pay £108 or £144.

Course  information:


Your young people will need the coursebook for this GCSE:

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.
We currently have an arrangement with a local school who facilitate this for AWE Club students who have been taught by Neil. Should this arrangement cease to be available due to unforeseen reasons there is a second option which would mean the final exam would be sat at any Tutors & Exams branch which may result in an extra journey for families to get to their local T&E. We will do our utmost to ensure that our current arrangements continue to be available for your children and will keep you informed should anything change.

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 both 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