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’.
• In the 2013 National Student Survey, Film and English achieved an overall student satisfaction rate of 96%
• Taught by world-class researchers who will enable you to critically engage with literary contexts and visual cultures
• First-hand access to current debates in English and Film studies
• Film and literary topics including Hollywood, documentary, sexuality, money, film noir, and science fiction
• A range of learning experiences, including one-to-one tutorials, screenings, field trips, school placements, technical writing, as well as lectures and seminars
• Creative writing workshops with well-known visiting writers
• Opportunities for language learning and study abroad
Visit the Film and English websites to learn more about the departments
All applications for full-time study should be made through UCAS - www.ucas.com. Applications for part-time study can be made through UCAS or directly to the University.
If you have a question or would like further information, contact our admissions team:
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 9339
• 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’.
Film and English have achieved excellent results for overall student satisfaction with 84% and 99% respectively (National Student Survey 2012)
95% of our English students are satisfied with our teaching quality (National Student Survey 2013)
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
- This information is based on historical data and may have been aggregated. It is also subject to the University's disclaimer notice
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Annie Partridge, English SUSU President
“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.”
Education driven by research
Lisa Thompson, BA Film and English
“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!”
Typical entry requirements
AAB including A in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.
ABB including A in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature and A in Extended Project Qualification
34 point, 17 at higher level including 6 in higher level English
Average applicants per place: 6
UCAS application and some interviews
Typical course content
Learn a language
If your programme allows you to choose free elective modules, you can also take a credit bearing language module. These are split into seven stages, from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. Please email your Student Office if you have any queries regarding your module options.
Innovation modules outside of your discipline
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.
English: Students must take a minimum of one module in semester one, normally the double module ENGL1007 Narrative and Culture, and one compulsory double module in semester two. However, those wishing to take an alternative subject may replace Narrative and Culture with ENGL1004 Poetic Language or ENGL1008 Language, Text and Culture plus their chosen 15 credit alternative module in semester two.
- Narrative and Culture
- Poetic Language
- Language, Text and Culture in the Early Middle Ages
- Approaches to German-Jewish Literature
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, and the other the equivalent credits in Film.
- Jewish Fictions
- Children's Literature
- Modern Drama since World War II
- Themes in Mid-Nineteenth Century American Literature
- Images of Africa in Literature and Culture
- Objects of Desire
- 19th Century Novel
- Problems in Shakespeare: Text, Print and Performance
- Crowds, Cities and the Popular Arts
- Visions of Beowulf: new encounters with Anglo-Saxon culture
- Money and Meaning in American Fiction
- Contemporary Women’s Writing
- Film Noir, Exile Filmmakers and 1940's Hollywood
- Introduction to Film Studies (Film module for non-Film Students)
- British Contemporary Filmmakers
- Professional Practice: Factual TV (practical)
- Women and Hollywood
- Postcolonial Texts and Contexts
- Women, Writing and Modernity, 1770-1820
- Images of Knighthood
- Images of Women, 1880-1940
- 20th Century American Drama
- Dangerous Readings
- Film Adaptation: Culture and Context
- Change and the English Countryside in the 19th Century
- Brief Encounters: Writing Short Stories
- Creative Writing after Modernism
- Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
- French Cinema of the 1930s
- Introduction to German Cinema
- Technical and Creative Writing
- Developments in Documentary
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.
- Rakes and Libertines
- Writing the Novel
- Holocaust Literature
- Marxism, Psychoanalysis and Postmodernism
- On the Road
- Victorian Bestsellers
- Radical England: From Shakespeare to Milton
- Tales of Travel c1000-1650: Idylls, Utopias, Monsters and Cannibals
- Themes in Mid-19thC American Writing
- Writing Place
- Film Dissertation
- Utopian and Dystopian Science-Fiction Film
- Screenwriting (practical)
- Music in Film and Television
- Cinema and Childhood
- Hollywood in the 1930s: Classical Style, Industry and Social Change
- American Cinema since 1965
- Fantasy Film and Fiction
- English Dissertation
- Writing Modern Ireland
- The Novel in the Literary Marketplace (1700-1800)
- Poets, Books and Anthologists
- Literature and Visual Culture in the Middle East
- International Writing in Schools
- Case Histories: Literature and Medicine
- Making Medieval Place
- Love and Death in Africa’s Cities
- Swashbucklers, Cut-throats, Revolutionaries: Five Hundred years of Pirates in English Literature
- Science and Nonsense
- Renaissance of German-Jewish Literature after the Holocaust
- Film Dissertation
- Screenwriting (practical)
- Introduction to Contemporary Argentine Film
- Stardom: History, Myth and Heritage in Cinema
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).
Learning and assessment
Combining pleasure with learning
A Film and English degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent education in visual culture, literature, and theory. There are opportunities for field research, creative writing, as well as work experience in local schools. We are committed to providing a rich, rigorous, and above all enjoyable experience ensuring that you graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter equipped with the skills for a successful career.
• Research-led teaching by Film and English academics who are passionate about their subject
• Talks by visiting speakers from international universities and by successful professionals
• Specialist online learning resources for every module
• An exciting range of assessment methods including presentations, group projects, portfolios, and dissertations, as well as essays and exams
• An academic advisor to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress
• Internships and writing workshops at the nationally-renowned Nuffield Theatre
• Placements in schools and colleges as part of your degree such as international writing in schools, and the student associates scheme
• Opportunities to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas to experience a new culture
Students developing teaching skills
Studying Film and English at Southampton will help you acquire high-level critical thinking and communication skills that are essential to navigate your career. Our Film and English graduates have progressed to careers in journalism, publishing, film editing, management and administration, teaching, the media, producing, creative writing, and many other areas.
You will be developing and practising the skills required for a successful career from day one of the course. Over three years you will learn to
• write in different ways and for different formats
• argue your case
• make interesting and confident presentations
• work effectively both on your own and in groups
• identify and research areas that you think are important
These are all skills that are valued not just by us but by employers. As a student rep you might also take an active role in the governance of the department, of a student society, or of the Students' Union. Film and English also offers some opportunities for direct work experience.
• Find out more on our Film and English Careers and Employability pages
• Learn about the experience gained by our graduates during their time with us on our Alumni pages on our Film and English websites
• Read interesting employability facts about our Film and English degrees on the Employability Facts and Figures pages on the Film and English websites