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Film Studies

WJEC Eduqas GCSE Film Studies: Student Book

Author(s): Jackie Newman, Dave Fairclough, Kelly Fincham, Julie Patrick

awarding body: WJEC/Eduqas

level: GCSE

isbn: 978-1-911208-02-0

subject: Film Studies

Pages: 320 pp



Outstanding course book - informed and guaranteed to arouse interest and provide knowledge.”  5 star Amazon Review

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Written by experienced Film Studies teachers and examiners, the Student Book helps provide both the knowledge and understanding of films important in the development of both film and film technology

A clear focus throughout on applying knowledge and understanding creatively to screenwriting and filmmaking

A dedicated chapter on the Non-Examined Assessment production element of the specification provides clear guidance on how your students will be assessed

Highly illustrated with interesting and engaging visuals to engage and motivate students

Direct reference to film sequences, stills, criticism, reviews and screenwriting help guide the close analysis of key areas

Exam guidance section introduces students to practice questions and the new assessment objectives helping students with the skills they need for assessment

Activities test, enhance and clarify students’ understanding

Designed to support students of all ability levels



How to use this book

Exploring Film

Film Form

Component 1: Films Made in the USA

Section A: The Comparative Study

Case Study: Invasion of the Body Snatchers and E.T. the Extra –Terrestrial

Section B: US Independent Films

Case Study: The Hurt Locker

Component 2: Global Film

Section A: Contemporary UK Films

Case Study: Submarine

Section B: Global English Language Films

Case Study: District 9

Section C: Global non-English Language Films

Case Study: Let the Right One In

Component 3: Production

Exam skills


Index & Credits


About the Authors

Jackie Newman was the Director of Media Arts at a comprehensive school in West Yorkshire and was a senior examiner for GCSE Film Studies for a major awarding body.

Dave Fairclough is Head of Film Studies at Ryburn Valley High School in Halifax, West Yorkshire and is a senior examiner for GCSE Film Studies for a major awarding body.

Kelly Fincham started her career in journalism and, having worked on the set of Hollywood productions such as Stardust (2007), worked as a privately commissioned screenwriter. She was Head of Screenwriting and Film Studies at a Kent college and is now a Principal Examiner and a Moderator for GCSE Film Studies for a major awarding body. 

Julie Patrick is Head of Media Studies at Ryburn Valley High School, teaching Media and Film at KS4 and 5.  She also delivers training to Media teachers and was a Principal examiner for Film Studies GCSE.