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BA (Hons) English and Film

Learn to read the world with new eyes – as an expert on modern culture

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Are you interested in the studying at the point where film and literary theory meet? This interdisciplinary degree will enable you to combine critical analysis of films and literary texts with various practical filming projects. Upon graduation, you may wish to pursue a career in publishing, writing, PR, advertising, TV, media, journalism, management, administration or research for film and TV. This course is also a suitable platform for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study.

  • The 2015 National Student Survey placed Southampton Solent in the top ten UK universities for English studies with a 95 per cent overall student satisfaction score.
  • Southampton Solent University employs an innovative approach to the study of literature and film.
  • Our English and film course is taught by a combination of academic researchers and industry professionals.
  • The course emphasises contemporary styles and their influence on narrative structure, genre and technique in film and literature.
  • Students have previously been given the opportunity to take part in national and international study trips.
  • Interdisciplinary study enables students to explore their own creative interests.
  • Students have free access to industry standard film production equipment, editing suites and IT facilities.
  • Students are given the option to study abroad for a year by selecting the European placement variant.
  • This course integrates critical analysis and research into film and film production with insight gained from work in the film industry.
  • Our freelance agency, Solent Creatives, gives students the opportunity to pitch for work with real industry clients.

The industry

The creative industries are steadily growing year on year, accounting for 1 in 17 (5.8%) of all UK jobs in 2014 (Department for Culture, Media & Sport). The number of UK businesses involved in the film production industry specifically has risen by 32% since 2009, with over 8,500 film companies currently employing 40,000 full-time staff between them (BFI Research and Statistics). As the creative industries in the UK continue to thrive, there will be an ongoing need for graduates with the right combination of practical skills and academic experience.

The programme

Southampton Solent University’s English and film students are taught these skills by a course team with expertise in screenwriting, production and directing. The academic staff are responsible for a range of published work and maintain strong ties to the industry.

This course integrates critical analysis and research into film and film practice with insights into working in the film industry. This helps students develop an understanding of how films are planned, developed and creatively executed, allowing them to achieve a critical understanding of how film theory can be married to film practice.

In the past, this style of learning has been facilitated by a programme of guest lectures and masterclasses delivered by professionals in the film, writing and publishing industries.

Recent speakers include award winning film directors Alan Parker, Michael Apted and Mike Hodges; producers Claire Lewis and Nik Powell; writer Julian Unthank; cinematographer Brian Tufano (Trainspotting); and editors including Alex Mackie (CSI) and Anne V. Coates. Southampton Solent has also hosted representatives from a range of film and TV companies including the BBC, Channel 4, the Film Council, Polygram, Working Title, the National Film Archive and the BBFC.

Alongside these special guests, regular lectures and seminars help students to understand literature, literary genres, writing and production styles in the context of different periods of literary and film history.

To help enable students study, Solent is home to a multi-million pound media academy which offers access to some of the most up-to-date media technology. Facilities include TV studios, editing suites and high-end video laboratories. Students are also able to access our on-site 3D cinema and an extensive film and television library.

Next steps

Think a career in the creative industries might be for you? This course aims to combine your enthusiasm for English literature and its classical conventions with an interest in film and filmmaking. With plenty of opportunities to develop skills that are relevant to a range of different industries, English and film at Southampton Solent University can help you to develop the skills you’ll need to succeed.

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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry QP33


  • 4 Years Standard entry QP3J

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

  Which Creative University Award 2014    

Year one:


Core units

  • Cultural Fragments
  • Adapting the Novel
  • Making and Reading Poetry
  • Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English
  • Framing Film
  • Exploring Film History
  • Screenwriting: From Pitch to Page

Year two:


Core units

  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • Playtexts in Context
  • Empire and Industry in 19th-Century Literature
  • Professional Publishing: Solent Press
  • Spectacular Cinema: Vision-Power
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Literature & Film of the New World

Year three:


Core units

  • Shock Value: Modernism to Post-Modernism
  • Dissertation/Major Project


  • Work Experience: English
  • Freelancing with Solent Creatives (Communications & Marketing) 1
  • Solent Press
  • Radical Re-Readings
  • Criminal Texts
  • World Theatre in English
  • Minority Experiences in American Literature
  • Storytelling
  • On the Road: An Introduction to Travel Narrative 
  • Cinefantastic: Dreams and Nightmares
  • The Time Machine
  • Cine-Extreme: the Cultural Politics of Transgression
  • Sex on Screen
  • Acting and Performance
  • The Musical
  • Contemporary British Film
  • After 9/11: Film, Television and Culture
  • The Director
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught primarily through lectures, seminars, screenings, workshops and debates.

Work experience
Work experience is a core element of our English degrees and you’ll be encouraged and supported in finding placement opportunities. You’ll also have the option of working at our in-house agencies: Solent Creatives, Solent Press and Solent TV.


The course is assessed through written or filmed coursework which include essays, creative portfolios, examinations and presentations.

Our facilities

A fully equipped IT centre, with both PC and Mac computers and featuring industry-standard software packages such as Adobe Creative Suite, QuarkXpress and video and audio editing programs. Training and access to photographic equipment is also available.

Study abroad

The four-year European placement variant of the course provides a chance to spend a year studying abroad at one of our Erasmus partner universities, giving you a competitive edge as you enter an increasingly international employment market.

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If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study English and film units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

If you’re studying outside Europe, then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading, discussion forums and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry QP33


  • 4 Years Standard entry QP3J

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

You’ll learn the transferable and practical skills you need to work in a number of communication-based industries, including teaching, journalism, programme research, copywriting, information management and film criticism.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Publishing
  • Writing 
  • PR 
  • Advertising 
  • TV
  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Research in film, media and culture.

Links with industry

You will be taught by experts in their fields, including screenwriters, producers, directors and academics with an excellent range of published work and strong ties to the industry.

We also host a programme of guest lectures and masterclasses by professionals in the film, writing and publishing industries. Recent examples include award winning film directors Alan Parker, Michael Apted and Mike Hodges, producers Claire Lewis and Nik Powell, writer Julian Unthank, cinematographer Brian Tufano (Trainspotting), editors Alex Mackie (CSI) and Anne V. Coates and speakers from a range of film and TV companies, including the BBC, Channel 4, the Film Council, Polygram, Working Title, the National Film Archive and the BBFC.

Solent Creatives, our in-house creative agency, provides opportunities to develop links with employers and enhance your employability with professional experience on live creative briefs.

Transferable skills

During the course you’ll develop research, creative and critical-thinking skills. You'll also gain experience in presentation, debate, project management and teamwork.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Sandwich

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,500 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Other costs

Optional study or theatre trips: £750 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry QP33


  • 4 Years Standard entry QP3J


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