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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’.

Introducing your degree

Combine your love of film with an exploration of English language, literature and culture on this combined Film and English degree course. Study diverse modules such as: Narrative and Culture, Critical Theory, Introduction to Hollywood Film, Early and Silent Cinema, American Cinema since 1965 and more. This course can lead to many diverse career opportunities.

Programme Overview

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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’.

View the programme specification document for this course

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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Education driven by research
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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-levelAAB 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.
International Baccalaureate32 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:
Average applications per place:

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


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.

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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.

Introduction to Film I: Hollywood
Poetic Language
Narrative and Culture
Multimedia Old English: Song, Skin and Cyberspace
Semester Two
Critical Theory

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

Introduction to Film II: European Cinema
Introduction to Film: European Cinema

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.

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 or website).

Career Opportunities

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

Learning & Assessment

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


Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided. IT Computer Discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device. Software Licenses: All software is provided. Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
PlacementsPlacements (including Study Abroad Programmes) Students on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme. ML Residence Abroad – Cost Implications As you know, the ML third year includes a period of study or work abroad as a compulsory element of a four year degree, and as a result, all students pay reduced home tuition fees to Southampton their third year (currently 15% for home and EU students, 40% for International Students) irrespective of what placement they take up. However, as happens whilst you are in Southampton, students are expected to pay their own travel expenses, accommodation and other living expenses. So that you can assess the viability of the different options available to you, the following outlines their general cost implications, but please do bear in mind that these may vary enormously from student to student depending on what placement is selected and where it is located. Should you need further information, please contact the relevant RA language coordinator: Students studying or working in Europe Students are eligible for a small grant through the British Council, which is means tested against their salary (if relevant) and which varies every year (as a guide, students this year receive around 350-400 Euros per month). The only exceptions to this are students who currently live full-time with their parents and for whom household income is above the threshold. British Council students also receive a monthly salary (this varies country to country) and are expected to pay for their International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) checks, which are mandatory and currently cost £45. University students tend to receive a slightly higher grant than those who working for the British Council since they are not in receipt of a salary. They pay no tuition fees to their host university. Work placement students may or may not be paid, and their grant is calculated accordingly. These students are not eligible for the British Council grant but may be able to apply for funding to support their travel etc. through the International Office. All students are expected to pay for their own student visas; costs vary from country to country. Students studying in Latin America or China will generally have to pay host university fees, although typically these are no more than £100 for the academic year. Students working in Latin America are not generally paid a stipend. Some receive free accommodation, travel or meals as a work benefit, others (generally in voluntary work) often also have to pay to join the scheme and be eligible to work do not receive this. Students taking place in the Mexico link receive a bursary.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS ARCH towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here:

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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