Film Studies

Pupils in GCSE Film Studies have achieved excellent results. They will have access to the St Matthew Academy Media Centre, a thriving hub of creativity, development and learning. In an ever-changing world with media and technology at its heart, pupils taking Film Studies will be able to achieve qualifications and gain invaluable media experience using industry-standard equipment, including a green screen room, whilst enhancing their employability and vocational skillsets. This unique accessible learning environment engages pupils in a range of activities including: scriptwriting, film making with DSLR cameras and using our green screen room, acting, storyboarding and editing and sound design using Final Cut Pro X.

 Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8 pupils get the opportunity to join our production company and get involved with the BBC Young Reporter Programme. They can also apply to be part of the Media and Communications Scholarship, where they will enter media competitions, go on media trips, and learn new skills ready for them to choose Film Studies as an option in Year 9.

Key Stage 4

Year 9 is used to prepare the pupils for the GCSE curriculum by ensuring that their independent study skills and developed technical knowledge are secure, allowing them to progress to GCSE studies as smoothly as possible. Pupils develop their understanding of the history of film, technical codes of film making, marketing, advertising, photography and short film production including scriptwriting and post-production editing.

Y9 'Black Panther' Scene Recreation:

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In Years 10 and 11, pupils follow the WJEC Eduqas GCSE curriculum. The course is a combination of practical and written coursework (30% of overall grade) and two final written examinations at the end of Year 11 (70% of overall grade.)

Throughout Key Stage 4, the pupils will continue to be assessed on a regular basis to ensure they achieve excellent results. Not only do we expect all pupils to be successful in these final exams, but we want them to achieve highly in their coursework.

Component 1: Key Developments in US Film

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

35% of qualification

Section A:  US film comparative study

Section B: Key developments in film and film technology

Section C: US independent film

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

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

35% of qualification

Component 3: Production

Non-exam assessment

30% of qualification

Examination Information link

Recommended resources

There are a wealth of high-quality resources available on the Internet for pupils studying Film. We encourage our pupils to investigate for themselves. The specification and board web link the pupils will be studying is below:

Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

The Media Centre is renowned for its extra-curricular dedication. We have a rolling programme of competitions and media projects that the students can get involved with. We believe that enrichment is the best way to make you stand out, something you need to do in the Media industry. Join the SMPC (St Matthew Production Company) and develop as a young film maker, media practitioner, and watch your CV and showreel grow!


There are several progression routes that successful students on this course could take at post-16, many of which are available at Sixth Form: ‘A’ Levels in Film Studies, Media Studies, Photography, Communication, BTEC Nationals in Creative Media Production, or similar creative or critical courses