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About the course

Boost your employability and expand your creative and professional skills on this fascinating creative degree, combining critical analysis of films and books with practical filming projects.

Solent University’s English and Creative Writing subject area is ranked ninth in The Guardian’s University League Tables 2020.

Taught by a course team with expertise in screenwriting, production and directing, you will gain fascinating insights into working in the film industry – exploring how films are planned, developed and creatively executed, and gaining a critical understanding of how film theory informs film practice.

You will have the option to spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions, broadening your industry knowledge with an international perspective. Meanwhile, a programme of regular guest lectures and masterclasses bring professionals from the film, writing and publishing industries to Solent, giving you the opportunity to pick up the latest industry practice and broaden your professional network.

Alongside these special guests, your regular lectures and seminars will help you really get to grips with literature, literary genres, writing and production styles, in the context of different periods of literary and film history – giving you plenty of ideas and practical techniques to employ in your own careers.

And Solent is home to a multi-million pound media academy, offering access to professional-grade media technology, including TV studios, editing suites, film cameras, lighting and sound kit, and high-end video labs. 

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you apply for this course with a sandwich year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Sandwich year
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Students learn from a team with a broad range of academic and industry experience.

What does this course lead to?

Upon graduating you will have the transferable and practical skills needed to work in a number of communication-based industries, including teaching, journalism, programme research, copywriting, information management and film criticism.

Who is this course for?

This full-time undergraduate programme is ideal if you are a keen reader with a passion for cinema, interested in applying literary theory to contemporary and classic cinema. 

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,800

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:
Study or theatre trips: £750 per year

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • 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.
  • Alternative entry is available through our Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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
  • 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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click on the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Sandwich year 4 years Apply

Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Sandwich year 5 years Apply

Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Key Moments in the History of the Novel
  • Framing Film
  • Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English
  • Making and Reading Poetry
  • Exploring Film History
  • Screenwriting: From Pitch to Page

Year two

Core modules
  • Drama, Script and Performance
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • The Business of Independent Publishing
  • Monsters, Madness and Marriage in 19th Century Literature
  • Literature and Film of the ‘New World’
  • Spectacular Cinema: Vision-Power

Year three

Core modules
  • Modernism: Transformative and Criminal Texts
  • Dissertation or Creative Project
  • After Empire: Postmodern, Postcolonial, or Post-truth?


  • Writing and Selling Creative Non-Fiction
  • Work Experience
  • Minority Experiences in Anglophone Literature
  • Radical Re-Readings

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Kristian Low academic profile Kristian Low Head of Subject View profile
Devon Campbell-Hall academic profile Devon Campbell-Hall Course Leader View profile
Carolyn Cummings-Osmond academic profile Carolyn Cummings-Osmond Senior Lecturer View profile
Seamus Finnegan academic profile Seamus Finnegan Senior Lecturer View profile
Jacqueline Furby academic profile Jacqueline Furby Senior Lecturer View profile
Donna Peberdy academic profile Donna Peberdy Senior Lecturer View profile
Eden Sharp academic profile Eden Sharp Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


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, as well as access to photographic and filming kit, and specialist training. Our fully equipped IT centres feature both PC and Mac computers, with industry-standard software packages such as Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXpress.

You will also have access to an extensive film and television library, as well as the opportunity to review film content in our 96-seat digital cinema, which boasts an industry-standard Barco cinema projector, a seven-metre screen and a state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos sound system. 

Students 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.

Your future

On graduation, you will be well prepared for a wide range of exciting employment opportunities, with suitable graduate roles including:

  • Publishing
  • Writing
  • PR
  • Advertising
  • TV
  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Research (film, media, culture)

Industry links

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.

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.


Work placements are optional but encouraged, and you will be supported by the course team in finding suitable placements.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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