QW36 BA Film and English (3 yrs)

‘You read and view widely, have an imaginative flair and enjoy analysing complex films and texts. Film and English at Southampton offers you the opportunity to think about cinematic and literary forms in new and interesting ways’.

Programme Overview

Programme Structure

  • In your first year, you will take a balance in both Film and English modules. Studying English you will explore the form and material context of different literary narratives, and debates in critical theory. In your Film modules, you will be introduced to key concepts and terminology through the analysis of sound, editing, lighting and camera-work.
  • In your second year you will choose from a wide range of film and literary topics from the medieval period to film noir.
  • In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge and skills as a researcher in film and literary studies by completing a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either of your main subjects.

In all three years you have the option to take 25% of your programme in another subject.

For further details, see the full course map under ‘Modules’.

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Key facts

  • Film and English have achieved excellent results for overall student satisfaction with 98% and 97% respectively (National Student Survey 2014)

  • 97% of Film and English students at Southampton rated the learning resources on this course according to the National Student Survey 2014

  • Comprehensive audio-visual facilities and excellent teaching/screening venues

  • Film Studies rated UK number one in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise

  • Student-led initiatives such as SUSUtv, Wessex Films, and The Film Club

Did you know?

You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code QW37 when you apply through UCAS.

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“We are extremely fortunate in this department to have such strong communication between the students and the staff. Giving feedback through elected course representatives, students know that staff listen to their opinions and that everything is up for discussion. With regular reports, students can see how their feedback makes real changes to the department and to their course.”

Annie Partridge, English SUSU President
Education driven by research

Education driven by research

Education driven by research

“I loved the huge choice available when choosing modules; there were always some that I knew I’d love. The lecturers obviously wanted to be teaching us interesting subjects that we’d enjoy, and they did!”

Lisa Thompson, BA Film and English
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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:

AAB to ABB including an A Grade in English*.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

*Whilst an A in English at A Level is usual, we also seriously consider candidates who perform strongly in other essay-based Humanities subjects. We may interview students without a Literature component in their A levels, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes. 

We accept all A levels except General Studies.


32 points overall, 16 at higher level including 6 in higher level English*

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing, 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

Humanities supports contextual admission.  A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is BBB from 3 A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.

Selection process:

Intake: 50
Average applicants per place: 6

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.


Typical course content

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

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Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Year 1

Semester One

English: Students must take a minimum of one module in semester one, normally the double module ENGL1007 Narrative and Culture, and ENGL1003 compulsory double module in semester two. However, those wishing to take an alternative subject may replace Narrative and Culture with ENGL1004 Poetic Language or ENGL1085 Multimedia Old English plus their chosen 15 credit alternative module in semester one only.


Semester Two


Students must choose either FILM1002 or FILM1027. Students choosing FILM1027 must also take a 15 credit free elective.

Year 2

Year 3

Choose either a Film dissertation or an English dissertation.

If you are planning a Film dissertation, choose 60 credits worth of English modules (normally a double and two single modules).

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in film.

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