Getting Organised

Studying GCSEs with us requires very little in terms of course material, but it is important to have some resources to help you complete classes & assignments.

  • Reliable internet access
    • because classes are streamed, we suggest having a connection speed of 12Mbps or faster
  • A microphone for study groups (we don’t use webcams)
  • A Ring-binder Folder
    • you’ll need this divided into three sections : Component 1 (US Film), Component 2 (Global Film) & Component 3 (Production)
    • keep your completed assignments & booklets in here
  • Lined paper
  • Pens!

In order to study the GCSE Film Studies course, you will also need to ensure that you have the following:

  • Registered with your preferred exam centre
    • we do not arrange exams, however do recommend TutorsAndExams.uk.
    • when booking with Tutors And Exams, please state that you are students of TeachAllAboutIt.
    • exams and coursework moderation are to be booked by the September of the academic year of which the exam is to be sat. This date gives you the cheapest fee for registration. Exams can be booked as late as February of the academic year that the exams will be sat, but there is a higher fee for late submissions.
    • Important: Tutors and Exams will invoice you directly for their services and this fee is not included within TeachAllAboutIt – Film’s Distance Learning course fee. For information on the latest prices for these companies, please contact them directly.
    • students sitting an exam with any other exam centre must advise their tutor at time of enrollment.
  • The following films on DVD or available to stream (students may choose any of the following combinations):
    • King Solomon’s Mines (Bennett & Marton, USA, 1950) and Raiders of the
      Lost Ark (Spielberg, USA, 1981)
    • Singin’ in the Rain (Donen & Kelly, USA, 1952) and Grease (Kleiser, USA,
      1978)
    • *Rear Window (Hitchcock, USA, 1954) and *Witness (Weir, USA, 1985)
    • Rebel without a Cause (Ray, USA, 1955) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
      (Hughes, USA, 1986)
    • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Siegel, USA, 1956) and E.T. the Extra-
      Terrestrial (Spielberg, USA, 1982).
  • One of the following films on DVD or available to stream
    • *Little Miss Sunshine (Dayton/Faris, USA, 2006)
    • Juno (Reitman, USA, 2007)
    • The Hurt Locker (Bigelow, USA, 2008)
    • Whiplash (Chazelle, USA, 2014)
    • Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (Gomez-Rejon, USA, 2015), 12.
  • The following films on DVD or available to stream for each section:
    • Section A: one of the following global English language films (produced
      outside the US) must be studied:
      • Rabbit-Proof Fence (Noyce, Australia, 2002)
      • *Slumdog Millionaire (Boyle, UK, 2008)
      • An Education (Scherfig, UK, 2009)
      • District 9 (Blomkamp, South Africa, 2009)
      • Song of the Sea (Moore, Eire, 2014)
    • Section B: one of the following global, non-English language films must be
      studied:
      • Spirited Away (Miyazaki, Japan, 2001)
      • *Tsotsi (Hood, South Africa, 2005)
      • Let the Right One In (Alfredson, Sweden, 2008)
      • The Wave (Gansel, Germany, 2008)
      • Wadjda (Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia, 2012)
    • Section C: one of the following contemporary UK films (produced after 2010)
      must be studied:
      • Submarine (Ayoade, UK, 2010)
      • *Attack the Block (Cornish, UK, 2011)
      • My Brother the Devil (El Hosaini, UK, 2012)
      • Skyfall (Mendes, UK, 2012)
      • Brooklyn (Crowley, UK, 2015).

* The films with an star before their name are the ones focused on within the recorded lessons. The student’s are advised to study these films. If they answer questions on other films, their assignments may not be marked.

Your assignments will always be due in the day before your next lesson, so we suggest having a diary to remind you of due dates. Assignments are meant to take time, so please don’t leave them until the last minute!