QW36 BA Film and English (3 yrs)

Watch your stories become a visual reality when you take a degree in Film and English. The ideal degree course for those who dream of a career in film and TV, the emphasis on English and the analysis of narrative and complex texts, possesses high value to employers at institutions like the BBC, ITV and production houses like Baby Cow. Take a degree in Film and English and leave with the necessary skills to move into careers in Scriptwriting and Film and TV Production.

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’.

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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Step into our world and explore from anywhere

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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".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

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.

View the language modules on offer for this course

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 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 ENGL1085 Multimedia Old English plus their chosen 15 credit alternative module in semester two.


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.

Learning and assessment

Combining pleasure with learning

Combining pleasure with learning

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

Career Opportunities

Students developing teaching skills

Students developing teaching skills

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