Film Studies and English

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you enjoy analysing film and literature, and want to understand their changing relationship.

Course Description

  • As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as taking into account student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff where this will impact on the delivery of the course.  As a result, if there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible and will ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

The worlds of Film and English make an exciting combination – there is much intellectual common ground on issues such as authorship, genre, identity and representation – and there is a great deal of cross-over when film adaptations are made from English Literature.

This course gives you the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences between these two complementary disciplines.

Your English learning will take you on a chronological journey from the beginnings of the English language right up to the 21st century, exploring the work of those who have the most prodigious effect on English literature and language.

The Film Studies modules that you take will teach you the various methods of critical analysis that can be applied to film, and the practical elements of producing films.

You can choose from a vast variety of option modules in your third year, allowing you to really focus of the areas of English Literature and Film Studies that interest you the most.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2018
English, History of Art and Film

Admissions enquiries
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Course enquiries
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Why Leicester?

Literary Leicester, our annual festival of local and international talent, has attracted such notable authors as Sue Townsend, Carol Anne Duffy, Will Self, Amitav Ghosh, Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Waters.

All of our lecturers publish on their specialist subjects meaning that your teaching will be informed by the very latest in ground-breaking research.

We have excellent facilities, including a fully equipped Film Theatre.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

You will acquire foundation knowledge in both English and Film Studies. You will learn about the most popular modes of literature and the predominant styles in film.


    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Year 2

    Year 2

    During your film modules you will explore national and transnational cinemas, and work in groups to create your own short video. You will add a new dimension to your English education by studying the critical theories that have developed in response to literature and provide possible explanations of our relationship with art.


    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Year Abroad (optional)

    Year Abroad (optional)

    If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

    Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office

    Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

    History of Art and Film at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

    • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

    We have links with the following universities:

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Final Year

    Final Year

    During your final year you will research, and write a dissertation on, an area of English or Film Studies that most fascinates you. The rest of your learning will be entirely decided by you. A wide range of option modules will allow you to tailor your degree according to your interests and our expertise.

    Core module


    • English dissertation (taken in semester 1) 


    Option modules

    If you choose a Film Studies dissertation, choose four option modules, to include no more than two English Special Subject modules. 

    If you choose an English dissertation, choose five option modules, to include no more than two English Special Subject modules.

    Choose no more than two English Special Subject modules:

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Major/Minor Degrees

    Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

    Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

    Find out more

    Teaching and Assessment


    You will be taught through diverse methods including lectures, seminars, small discussion groups and film screening. For each you module you will typically have one or two lectures and a seminar each week, along with a number of additional events such as workshops on research and study skills, learning groups, and introduced film screenings. Lectures are designed to introduce you to important debates and contexts for understanding an author or filmmaker's work. Weekly seminars, in which a tutor leads a small group of students in discussion, will allow you to explore a text or topic in depth.

    You will also have the opportunity to gain practical film-making experience in the Film Production module in your second year.

    For your third year dissertation you receive one-to-one tuition across the term from a tutor with an interest in your chosen subject


    You will be assessed through a combination of essays, exams, reviews writing, group work and oral presentations. These assessments are designed to help you build confidence in a range of skills and to provide prospective employers with evidence that you can work effectively both as an independent researcher and as a team member. Your final degree result will be based on the work you do in the second and third years of your degree.

    You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern including academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

    Independent learning

    When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

    Overall workload

    Typical workload hours for History of Art and Film courses in 2016/17: 

    Year 1: 23% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
    • Independent learning: 924 hours

    Year 2: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
    • Independent learning: 960 hours
    Optional year abroad: If you're spending a year abroad, your contact will vary depending on the institution you're studying at. 

    Final year: 11% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 132 hours
    • Independent learning: 1068 hours

    While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

    Academic support

    Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

    • study and exam skills
    • academic writing
    • presentations
    • dissertations
    • numerical data skills
    • referencing sources

    Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

    Teaching staff

    You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

    Entry Requirements

    • A-levels: BBB at A-Level including English (Language, Literature or combined). Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
    • EPQ with A-levels: BBC at A-Level including English (Language, Literature or combined) + EPQ at grade B.
    • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 24 of which must be at distinction. To include 12 credits at Distinction in English Level 3 Modules.
    • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points including 6 in Higher Level English
    • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM. Plus grade B in A-level English (Language, Literature or combined).

    Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

    Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

    Selection Process

    When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

    Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

    International Qualifications

    Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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    Fees and Funding

    • Starting in 2017

      • £9,250 in your first year. After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations. (RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)
      • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

      Starting in 2018

      • TBC

      Find out more about scholarships and funding.


    • Starting in 2017

      • £15,290 per year

      Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,822.50 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.

      Starting in 2018

      • TBC

      Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Career Opportunities

    We organise annual employability workshops to help you realise your career ambitions and consider what progress you should be making towards employment at each stage of your degree.

    Our 'English and Education' final year module provides practical teaching experience with a placement in a local school.

    You can gain experience in the publishing industry with the final year module on 'Transcultural Writing and the Publishing Industry'

    Modules such as 'Film Production' have an applied focus – helping you develop the skills and knowledge required for careers in these areas.

    We have a programme of visiting careers talks by leading experts in the arts and film industries who can provide insights into employment pathways.


    Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

    Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
    Film Studies and English BA 3 years full-time PQ33 Apply Now
    Film Studies and English with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time PQ33 Apply Now
    Film Studies and English
    3 years full-time
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    Film Studies and English with Year Abroad
    4 years full-time
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