Simon Bishop (Headteacher)
Woodeaton Manor School,

Tel: 01865 558722

Parents & Carers Meetings

On the 2nd Monday of every half term parents and carers are invited to attend a session covering a range of topics.
Meetings usually start at 7pm with refreshments provided.

Film Studies

Teacher: Mrs Holifield
Exam Board: WJEC Eduqas, GCSE Film Studies, 9-1
Duration: 2 Years – Linear

First teaching from September 2017

Film Studies at Woodeaton is offered at Key Stage 4. It is a one year, GCSE course, aimed at students who have an interest in film; building upon the film knowledge that they will already have. It gives them the opportunity to study and discuss their own favourite films as well as exploring different types of film; such as those that were not made in Hollywood. The course also includes an in depth study of a specific film genre, for 2015 entrants this will be Superhero movies. In addition, Film Studies gives students the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of technological and creative processes involved in the production and selling of films. Film Studies can help deepen understanding in other GCSE subjects offered at Woodeaton, such as English, History, Business Studies, ICT and Art.

At Woodeaton we have chosen to use the WJEC specification for Film Studies, further information can be found at  This includes examination units on Superhero Movies and Films outside of Hollywood; this forms 50% of the final GCSE mark. The other 50% is covered in the controlled assessments including a film exploration unit, (Where they pick a film of their choice) and a unit on film production.

Course Content

Term 1

Film Language (Including controlled assessment)

Term 2

Film Production (Including controlled assessment)

Term 3

Superhero Films

Term 4

Films made outside of Hollywood

Term 5


Term 6



Key Stage 4 pupils have three Film Studies lessons, (One and a half hours) per week. At this stage our emphasis is on building upon the knowledge that pupils already have about film, and maybe producing a few Academy Award or BAFTA winners of the future!

The teaching of Film Studies at KS4 uses the WJEC Film Studies text book, a number of other Film Studies books and a number of film websites, including the IMDB and BFI website.

Pupils are assessed on a termly basis using the controlled assessments and past papers.