Curriculum Intent

Film and Media Studies aims to introduce students to a wide range of visual and audio texts which have had and continue to have influence on society over the last hundred years.  We encourage independent, critical thinking and introduce students to key cultural theories developed by leading thinkers.  Students are guided to consider the importance and impact of texts on their lives, and to develop their ability to analyse the ways in which texts are aesthetically constructed in order to create impact and convey meaning.

Curriculum Features

  • Analysis of the  construction of individual images
  • Analysis of the relationship between series of images
  • Analysis of the relationship between images and society
  • An understanding of media and film texts as products of a hegemony
  • An understanding of media and film texts as challengers of hegemonic values
  • Development of creative ideas for narrative and character
  • Development of creative ideas for an aesthetic, bran image or corporate look
  • Study of the development of texts in relationship to technological advances
  • Study of the changing attitudes in society and how media and film reacts to these

Co-curriculum Enrichment


  • Links with History
  • Links with Business Studies
  • Links with IT
  • Links with Art
  • Links with English 
  • Links with Music 

Year 9

What will I study?

Modern Hollywood Blockbuster - Marvel or DC

Global English Language Film - Life of Pi

Classic Hollywood Film - Casablanca

International Film -  Slumdog Millionaire 

Genre Film - Jaws

Key Stage 4

What will I study?

You will look at the ways in which a variety of films are produced. Films will include both Hollywood and Global cinema.  There will a comparison of Hollywood films from the 1950s and the 1980s.  A British film, a global English-language film and a global non-English language film will also be studied.

All students will complete modules in Screenwriting, poster design and film sequence planning

How will I be assessed?

External assessment; Written examination paper — 70% of the final mark
Controlled assessment — 30% of the final mark. The controlled assessment consists of writing a 1000 word screenplay in a specified genre.
Where does studying this course take me?

A successful grade at GCSE will allow progression to A level or BTEC courses post 16.

What do I really need to cope successfully with this course?

To succeed at GCSE Film Studies students must have a passion for a variety of films. Analytical skills and the ability to write a developed a coherent argument are also essential for this subject. Students will need to spend additional time mastering elements of the creative process, including ideas generation and writing using screenplay formats

Examination Board: WJEC

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