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About the course

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.

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.

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.

Students also have the option to undertake a sandwich year and study abroad at one of our partner institutions. 

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
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

Our English and film course is taught by a combination of academic researchers and industry professionals.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

This full-time undergraduate programme is ideal for students who are interested in applying literary theory to contemporary and classic cinema. Candidates should be keen readers with a passion for cinema.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year Q3P3
  • 3 Years Standard Entry QP33


  • 5 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P33Q
  • 4 Years Standard Entry QP3J
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,750

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.

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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 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
  • The Business of Independent Publishing
  • 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
  • Representing Gender and Sexuality in Media
  • Freelancing with Solent Creatives
  • On the Road: An Introduction to Travel Narrative
  • Radical Re-Readings
  • Criminal Texts
  • Minority Experiences in American Literature
  • 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
  • Creative Business Start-up

Please note: Not all optional units 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

Carolyn Cummings-Osmond academic profile Carolyn Cummings-Osmond Course Leader View profile
Devon Campbell-Hall academic profile Devon Campbell-Hall Senior Lecturer View profile
Seamus Finnegan academic profile Seamus Finnegan Senior Lecturer View profile
Jacqueline Furby academic profile Jacqueline Furby Senior Lecturer View profile
Claire Hines academic profile Claire Hines Senior Lecturer View profile
Donna Peberdy academic profile Donna Peberdy Senior Lecturer View profile
Stuart Joy academic profile Stuart Joy Associate 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.


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.

Our English and film course is taught by a combination of academic researchers and industry professionals.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

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


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.

Further study

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