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Undergraduate

BA English and Film Studies

Explore, study and analyse English literature and film from around the world.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

QP33

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Start date

Course overview

This combined degree adds depth to your study of English literature by teaching you how to critically approach film and television.

You'll study English and wider anglophone literature across a range of genres and periods, from the medieval to the contemporary. You'll also learn how to assess film and TV as art, history, culture, entertainment, and commerce. And you'll benefit from the knowledge of expert lecturers and visiting authors.

You'll also find plenty of opportunities to become part of the literary and creative scene at the University ... and beyond.

Six reasons to study English and Film at Hull

  1. 96% graduate employability rating‡
  2. Surround-sound cinema in Middleton Hall
  3. Study under published authors of novels and poems
  4. 24/7 term-time access to the Brynmor Jones Library
  5. Thriving creative scene in the city
  6. Expert tutors in film genres from Disney to horror

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Literature Lab

    In this module, you'll acquire essential skills for the study of literature, as well as general academic skills. You'll also develop your skills in essay writing, presenting, academic research and referencing.

    Writing Criticism

    Sharpen your film analysis skills. You'll closely examine a range of different types of cinema and complete a series of written exercises that will help you become a better film critic.

    Reading Fiction

    Explore the techniques, conventions and developments of the novel from the 18th century to today. You'll engage with relevant contexts, studying authors from Austen to Ondaatje.

    Reading Poetry

    This module introduces you to different forms of poetry from the Renaissance to the present day, via a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars.

    The Craft of Filmmaking

    Get insight into the practical and collaborative elements of filmmaking, on a module which introduces you to direction, cinematography, production management, editing and audio.

    Screen, Nation, Identity

    Explore the relationship between a nation's sense of history and identity, and the stories that it tells about itself on screen.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Narration in the Fiction Film

    Examine the storytelling possibilities of cinema, in a module that encompasses classical Hollywood cinema, art cinema, counter-cinema, and parametric narration.

  • Optional

    Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

    Meet Shakespeare amid the vibrant theatrical milieu of late 16th and early 17th-century London, where he was among a number of inventive and influential playwrights of the time. 

    The Age of Chivalry and Romance

    You'll learn about and evaluate the medieval culture of chivalry and courtly love, then see how it was received in the 'real' world of later medieval England. 

    Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century

    Explore sentiment and satire, sensibility and scandal in a module which focuses upon the diversity, innovations and influence of 18th-century poetry, drama and fiction.

    Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

    On this module, you'll discover Romanticism - a movement which gave birth to some of the greatest poetry in the English language. 

    Brief Encounters with the Victorians

    Examine shorter narratives of the Victorian period, by some of its most influential authors. You'll address key issues relating to industrialisation, class, gender and imperialism.

    Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

    Examine encounters between travellers and the cultures they visit through a study of the literature of travel, including fictional accounts and visual representations like art and film.

    The Child in British and American Literature and Culture

    Discover the ways in which the contradictory image of the child has been represented in literary texts in Britain and America from the 19th century through to the present day.

    British and American Modernism

    Explore a diverse literary period through authors on both sides of the Atlantic who stood for radical change. Featured writers include T S Eliot, Virginia Woolf and F Scott Fitzgerald.

    Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature, c. 1530 - 1633​

    Study the development of the most passionate and erotic representations of love and desire in English poetry and drama over a century, from the 1530s to the 1630s.

    Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality

    On this module, you'll take a fresh look at contemporary human relations with a focus on sexuality, gender and the body.

    Screening Genders

    Critically examine the representation of gender on screen through the lens of feminist film theory.

    American Alternative Cinema

    Go beyond the Hollywood mainstream with case studies including independent, cult, exploitation, trash and underground cinema.

    American Animation History

    In this module, you'll develop a deeper understanding of the history of American animation by taking an in-depth look at the genre.

    Representing the Real, Disclosing the Truth, and Capturing the Everyday

    Explore how film and TV represents reality and why - in an era of alternative facts and fake news - representing reality matters. You'll consider documentaries, news and more. 

    Moving Image Techniques

    Learn to manipulate image and sound - and create your own experimental film or music video. 

    Television and Factual Production

    Produce factual content suitable for broadcast as part of a small production crew. It's an opportunity to develop your production skills and learn more about TV and factual production.

    Musical-Made America

    The musical is a distinctively American genre. Examine how Hollywood and Broadway have created spaces to represent and re-imagine the USA's sexual, racial and political identities. 

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Dissertation and Dissertation Preparation

    Make your original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic that you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

    Screen Production Project 1: Planning and Pre-Production

    Turn your film idea into a workable and professional project before you step into production. Learn about what it takes to create a film before pitching your idea, ready for the next steps.

    Screen Production Project 2: Filming and Post-Production

    Create your film. Take the reins and follow the project through from pre-production to shooting, editing, screening and review.

  • Optional

    Playing God: Late Medieval Drama, from Page to Stage

    Explore the vibrant drama of late medieval England. Alongside study of each text, you'll be able to re-imagine the play in performance, using theatre workshops, field trips and archives.

    Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

    Explore how 16th and early 17th-century writing treated controversial issues of the day such as rebellion, sexual misconduct, cross-dressing and witchcraft. 

    Gothic

    On this module, you'll analyse the Gothic, from the conception of the genre in the 18th century to its manifestation in contemporary literature and film.

    Secrets and Lies: Victorian Decadence and Degeneration 1860-1901

    Explore new forms of writing which focus on the darker alternative or hidden aspects of Victorian society, such as the new woman, the homosexual man, the foreigner, and the poor.

    Childhood Trauma and Its Aftermath in Contemporary Fiction

    Study the ways that contemporary novels and 'misery memoirs' present childhood trauma that impacts on adolescence and adulthood. 

    Special Author: Shakespeare

    Study plays from the whole range of Shakespeare's dramatic career, from the early 1590s to around 1610, with a selection of comedies, histories, tragedies and tragicomedies.

    East Asian Cinema

    Examine the dynamic and diverse film output of countries including China, South Korea and Japan, and reflect on film as a 'transnational' phenomenon.

    Is Television History?

    Reflect on the ways in which television can both do history and be history, with case studies ranging from period dramas to historical documentaries.

    Disney Studies

    An in-depth exploration of the history and impact of Disney's global entertainment empire.

    Global Nightmares: Contemporary Horror Cinema From Around the World

    Analyse contemporary horror films in the national context of their respective country. You'll study movies including It, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, [REC], and À l'intérieur/Inside.

    American History by Hollywood

    Film-makers have long used the history of the USA as a source of stories and characters. This module compared Hollywood's version with with what historical sources say 'really' happened.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

252 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

948 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

5%
95%
  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

996 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

16%
8%
76%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

144 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,056 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

13%
5%
82%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry requirements

Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Our English and Film Studies students benefit from access to our on-campus studio space and editing suite in Holme House.

Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£14,500 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Scholarships

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points or above

from 3 A levels or equivalent, you could receive

£1,200 to £2,000

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Publisher
  • Writer
  • Producer

This programme gives you the practical tools to transform your passions into a career you will love, and will help you find ways to harness opportunities in a wide range of industries - from the TV and media industries to teaching, journalism or anything that requires clear communication skills.

You will learn how to watch and read critically, giving you valuable transferable skills in analysis, research and communication.

Additionally, the film studies element of this joint degree will give you insights into the film and television industries and help you identify routes in to get experience and find a potential niche.

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‡ 96% of English students in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018