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BA (Hons) English and Media

Build expertise in contemporary culture, from literature to media

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Got a passion for English? Looking for a degree that can open up a wide range of professional careers? Southampton Solent University’s English and media degree programme combines two versatile subjects to create an excellent foundation for careers in marketing, PR, post-production, journalism, publishing and much more.

  • The 2014 National Student Survey placed Southampton Solent in the top ten UK universities for English studies, with a 96 per cent overall satisfaction score.
  • Students study a range of literary areas including poetry, Shakespearian theatre, and classic novels.
  • Students learn a range of relevant media skills including production, post-production, and scriptwriting.
  • Students have access to a range of professional facilities including three fully equipped television studios and a 200-seat HD multi-camera studio.
  • Southampton Solent’s media academy offers a comprehensive media loans scheme, giving students free access to a range of modern film-making equipment including high-definition (HD) video cameras and DSLR full-frame cameras.
  • Students are also able to access a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits.
  • Solent’s English and media programme is taught by tutors with extensive professional and academic backgrounds.
  • Solent Creatives, our on-campus creative agency, provides students with the opportunity to work on real-life projects. Media students are invited to pitch for paid work, giving them the chance to gain valuable work experience and build up a professional portfolio.
  • Southampton Solent University was voted for by students as being one of the UK’s top creative universities in the 2013 and 2014 Which? University Survey.

The industry

The creative industries is steadily growing, accounting for 1 in 17 (5.8%) of all UK jobs in 2014 (Department for Culture, Media & Sport, 2015). 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 a continued need for graduates with the right combination of practical skills and academic experience.

The programme

Southampton Solent University’s English and media programme encourages students to think in new and imaginative ways about fiction, drama, poetry and language, as well as providing practical media training.

Taught by knowledgeable researchers and industry professionals, students examine western and non-western cultural contexts and the significance of media and literature in shaping identity, ideology, representations and politics – all the time discussing the contrasts and similarities between the two arts.

Learners also study the literary greats and hone their writing skills through assessed exercises and group projects. These skills can then feed into practical digital media, video, radio and photographic production projects.

Students are encouraged to work with others on these projects, mirroring professional working practises and teaching students to effectively work with students from other creative disciplines.

English and media at Solent aims to combine real-world experience with creative and technical teaching. As such, students are supported as they look for work experience. Past students have been involved in producing audio-visual content at Glastonbury music festival and Cowes Week sailing regatta to name just a few.

Solent University’s media academy is a hub for creative students at Solent, with three green screen TV studios, a large visual recording studio with capacity for 200 seated audience members and a range of radio and music production facilities. Our large edit suites feature Mac Pro computers and the full Adobe Creative Suite for editing, colour grading and special effects.

The recent 2014 National Student Survey placed Southampton Solent in the top ten UK universities for English studies, with a 96 per cent overall satisfaction score. This means that our students have a positive experience while studying with us and are happy with the opportunities available to them.

Next steps

Would like to study at the point where English and media overlap? With an accomplished teaching team, first class production facilities and a unique emphasis on the importance of work placements, Southampton Solent’s English and media degree will help equip you with the transferable skills you’ll need to kick-start a range of careers in the creative industries.

Have you got a question about applying?


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"Our teachers are really supportive and help us develop our own ideas and understanding."
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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry QP3H


  • 4 Years Standard entry QPH3

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
  • Visual Production: Photography to Video
  • Digital Production: Audio to Online.

Year two:


Core units

  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: The Early Moderns
  • Playtexts in Context
  • Empire and Industry in 19th-Century Literature
  • Professional Publishing: Solent Press
  • Online Industries, Online Practice.


  • Documentary Photography
  • Documentary Audio/ Radio
  • Documentary Video
  • Image Design and Image Post-Production
  • Sound Design and Sound Editing
  • Videography and Video Editing

Year three:


Core units

  • Final Year Project
  • Shock Value
  • Media Production Cultures


  • Comedy
  • Radical Re-readings
  • Storytelling
  • Writing about Writing
  • Work Experience
  • Shakespeare and the Performer
  • On the Road: An Introduction to Travel Narrative 
  • Minority Experiences in American Literature
  • Media Culture in Japan
  • Media Culture in Germany
  • Media Culture in China
  • Media Culture in India
  • Media Culture in Brazil
  • Representing Gender & Sexuality
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications & Marketing) 1
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice 1
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through lectures, seminars, group discussions, workshops and individual study.

Work experience
Work experience is a key part of study at Solent and you’ll be supported in finding placement opportunities. You’ll also have the option of undertaking a freelancing unit in the third year, working through our Solent Creatives agency on briefs from real-world clients.

Students have been involved in producing audio-visual content at Glastonbury music festival, Cowes Week sailing regatta and other high-profile events.

The course is assessed primarily through examinations, research projects, presentations, coursework and your professional portfolio.

Our facilities

You’ll have access to excellent facilities and equipment including three fully equipped television studios, a 200-seat HD multi-camera studio and a fully equipped IT centre with both PC and Mac computers. Computers come loaded with video / audio editing programs and industry-standard software packages including Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXpress. 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 partner universities, giving you a competitive edge as you enter an increasingly international employment market.

For more information, see

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study English and media units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

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 QP3H


  • 4 Years Standard entry QPH3

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.

Students will learn transferable skills which enable them to work in a number of communication and media-based industries.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • TV research
  • Journalism
  • TV post-production
  • Marketing
  • PR
  • Advertising
  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Management and Administration.

Links with industry

During the course you’ll have the opportunity to work on live briefs set by industry professionals, and to use the course team’s close ties with the industry to secure valuable work experience.

You’ll also receive visits from advertising and creative agencies such as D&AD, Young Creative Network (YCN) and the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM), as well as having access to a programme of guest lectures from the industry.

Recent speakers have included:

  • Michael Apted (film director)
  • Sir Alan Parker (film director)
  • Ed Byrne (comedian)
  • Julian Unthank (Oscar-shortlisted writer)
  • Zoë Ball (radio presenter)
  • Jeff Taylor (assistant film director).

Transferable skills

Throughout the course you’ll develop skills in creative and critical thinking, effective analytical writing, research, presentation and project management.


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.

For more details, please visit:

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 QP3H


  • 4 Years Standard entry QPH3


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