Film Studies and English BA, 3-4 years

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Typical offer ABB-BBB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code PQ33

International fee £17,450

Institute code L34

Taught by History of Art and Film

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This course gives you the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences between two complementary disciplines: English and Film Studies.

Course description

Course description

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.

You will develop skills and knowledge relevant to both film and literature but also a fuller understanding of the different aesthetic, commercial and consumption issues they raise.

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.

Leicester is ranked among the top 15 places in the UK for Film Studies*. We offer an exciting and wide-ranging approach to the study of film, television and other visual arts. Our Film Studies modules will teach you the various methods of critical analysis that can be applied to film, whilst you will also gain practical experience – alongside exploring the process of making films, you’ll learn how to produce your own.

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.

*Complete University Guide 2020 (Communication and Media Studies)

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: ABB-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: BBB-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 with DDM. Plus grade B in A-level English (Language, Literature or combined)

Other national and international qualifications considered.

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

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2021

The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement.

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2021

  • £17,450 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,362.50, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our curriculum includes employability and practical modules such as 'Film and Art: Academic Study and the Workplace', 'Film Production' and 'Film and Art Journalism'.

Skills acquired on this course have equipped our students to go into film preservation and curating, teaching, and other creative aspects of the film and media industries. It also provides a foundation for careers in film journalism and other cultural management positions.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have found work with companies such as:

  • British Board of Film Clasification
  • Sky Cinema
  • Phoenix Cinema
  • Leicester Neulion
  • CBRE Group

Career Development Service

Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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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.


Plus either Chaucer and Medieval Culture (double module) or Renaissance Literature B (double module)

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 Study Abroad Unit

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 Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • 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 (Film Studies Dissertation)

Final Year (Film Studies Dissertation)

During your final year you will research and write a dissertation on an area of 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

Option modules 

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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 (English Dissertation)

Final Year (English Dissertation)

Core module

Option modules

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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.

Why Leicester?

Film and Media at Leicester

Beth really enjoys watching films in the University Film Theatre

The Complete University Guide 2021 ranked us 15th in the country for teaching film studies.

The David Wilson Library has extensive collections of rare books and manuscripts plus the personal archives of two local giants of 20th century writing: Joe Orton and Sue Townsend.

Our teaching staff have specialist knowledge in some fascinating areas, including female Hollywood directors, Turkish-German cinema, Chinese and transnational cinemas, American B-movies and James Bond.

Notable authors who have spoken at the University include Carol Anne Duffy, Will Self, Amitav Ghosh, Jacqueline Wilson, Roger McGough, Fay Weldon, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Sarah Waters.

Reading list

See the types of texts you might read, over the summer, to get a feel for the course and arrive prepared and ready to go.

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Teaching and learning


You will be taught through diverse methods including lectures, seminars, small discussion groups and film screenings. For each 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 filmmaking 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, watching films, 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.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

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 Film Studies staff profiles and English staff profiles.

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