Eduqas GCSE Film Studies increases diversity
Eduqas GCSE Film Studies increases diversity

We are excited to announce the introduction of a range of new texts to our GCSE Film Studies curriculum.

Pupils taking our GCSE Film qualifications will be able to study a wide variety of texts from a range of cultural backgrounds and periods from September 2022 onwards (for first examination in Summer 2024). The texts have been chosen due to their appeal to the GCSE demographic, the range of contemporary issues they raise and, most importantly, the diverse range of perspectives they offer and the stories they tell.

The specification now allows learners to explore a variety of different perspectives through the addition of 13 new texts featuring:

  • 7 films made by female directors
  • 8 films by female screenwriters
  • 9 films featuring female protagonists
  • 5 films made by directors from the global majority
  • 5 films featuring protagonists from the global majority

The changes were welcomed by Paul Reeve from Into Film: ‘Into Film looks forward to actively supporting the teaching of Eduqas’ revised GCSE Film Studies specification, and ongoing work to enable teachers and students to engage with, and be inspired by, a truly diverse range of stories, storytellers and perspectives.’

Leigh Adams, Director of Education and Skills at the British Film Institute added ‘The BFI is committed to finding and sharing stories from the whole world of film and so welcomes the efforts of Eduqas to diversify the films on their GCSE Film Studies set list.  We look forward to supporting schools, teachers and most of all students in engaging with and learning from this wide range of titles.’

Rebecca Ellis, Eduqas’ Film Subject Officer said: “I am a great believer in the phrase ‘if we can see it, we can be it’ and it has therefore been my pleasure to be able to add a wider range of texts, viewpoints, stories and storytellers to the Specification. I hope that both teachers and students with relish the opportunity to study this new range of films.”

The full list of texts can be viewed here.

FREE support and guidance
To support our qualifications, we offer a range of free digital resources, tools, and materials. They’ve been developed to enhance learning, stimulate classroom discussion, and encourage student engagement. New recourses are currently being developed to support teachers and students as they explore these new texts and key themes. These will be available to centres from Spring 2022.