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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School

Film Studies

Head of Department: Emma Batey  (

Key Stage 4


At GCSE, students use the key concepts of film to critically analyse a range of texts from a variety of countries, cultures and eras. They will study 3 global films in year 10 from a range of texts specified by the exam board, focussing on film style, representations and narrative. In year 11 students will study the history of the film industry, film criticism and a further three US films made inside and outside Hollywood, focussing on the concept of genre.

There are two written exams worth 70% of the GCSE:

Component 1: Key Developments in US film

Component 2: Global Film – Narrative, Representation and Film Style

The NEA (coursework) is worth 30% of the GCSE:

Component 3: Production

The production will take the form of either an extract from a screenplay, accompanied by a shooting script or produce an extract from a short genre film, accompanied by a written evaluative analysis.