BA English and Film Studies
|Typical offer||AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM|
Studying English and Film Studies at the University of Exeter opens a world of possibilities. In English, you will be introduced to over 1,500 years of the written word; epic medieval poetry, the colourful, turbulent era of Renaissance and Revolution, through to contemporary authors who have been instrumental in defining the modernist literary movement. Whilst in Film, world-leading academics will guide you on a journey of discovery; to understand how and why cinema developed and the way in which film is evolving today. Immerse yourself in the film culture of Hollywood, European Film Noir and independent cinema from around the world to get to know this powerful and dynamic medium.
Exeter is one of the top 100 universities to study English in the world and ranked 2nd for Film in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. We were rated gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and within the English department our staff’s expertise spans the entire academic landscape, with specialist knowledge in film studies and creative writing. As a student here, you will gain access to our Special Collections and Digital Humanities Lab, unique Bill Douglas Cinema which holds more than 70,000 film related artefacts and take advantage of our research power in English, which ranks 4th highest in the UK. The supportive teaching style will give you the skills required to critically analyse texts, draw informed comparisons and challenge theories with confidence.
From a vibrant city centre location, with coast and countryside on your doorstep, you will hone your investigative skills to become an accomplished independent researcher and through exploration of literary greats, will define your own writing style. In Film, you will become adept at using specialised industry language and skilled at analysing a wide variety of visual art forms. At the end of the three-year course, you will graduate with a range of transferable skills that will leave you well positioned for a range of humanities jobs or roles with the film industry. Recent graduates are now working as Film Makers, Production Runners and PR Consultants for organisations such as Bath Spa University, Freemantle Media and Sugar Films and we’re proud to say that 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study six month after graduation.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The English and Film degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.
Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.
The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of English and Film, concepts, and texts. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.
In the second year you will advance your grasp of English and Film Studies knowledge, methods, and texts through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.
Note - English modules at level 2 are divided into three groups: modules concerned with pre-1750 literature; modules concerned with post-1750 literature; modules not concerned with a particular historical period. Combined Honours students may not take more than one module from each group.
The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. You may take your dissertation in either English, Creative Writing, Film Studies or Creative Film. You will also take 90 credits of specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests.
Full module descriptions
Entry requirements 2019
AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM
GCE AL English Literature grade A; IB English HL6.
Candidates may offer either GCE AL English Literature or English Language and Literature. Candidates taking the IB should offer English syllabus A.
Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL English Literature or English Language and Literature.
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.
*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Humanities, Law and Social Science.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, screenings, student study groups and web and IT resources. All our modules centre the learning experience on seminars, involving groups of between 10 and 20 students, typically running for two hours. Many modules are supported by weekly 50-minute lectures. Students often prepare for seminars by involvement in student study groups, which encourage collaboration and team working.
Typical contact time with academic staff is 10 hours per week, on top of which you’re expected to attend other activities such as study groups, workshop activities and film screenings. Students studying Film and a Modern Language may have a few extra hours as language study is necessarily intensive. Most of your work will be done in group and self-directed study: viewing and reading module material, writing essays or preparing material for seminar presentations. You should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time.
We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment, where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. Students can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and interact through activities such as the discussion forums.
We are committed to your academic development. Through seminar work you’ll be trained in skills of critical analysis and learn to develop evidenced-based arguments. We foster your research skills through training in the use of library-based or electronic resources to research a topic. We offer detailed feedback and essays can be discussed on a one-to-one basis with the tutor who has marked them. Study Skills tutors are also available within the department to work on specific problems in written work and assessment.
Teaching that is inspired by research ensures that lectures are up-to-date and relevant and you will benefit from access to the latest thinking, equipment and resources. All staff teach second and third year options which are linked to their own interests which include areas such as film history; gender studies; issues of identity; technology and spectacle; European, East Asian and American cinema; time, space and pacing in the cinema; and acting and performance.
Exeter has unique resources which make it ideally positioned to support the study of film. The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum holds a wide-ranging collection of more than 70,000 film related artefacts and the collection is available for all students to use as a research and study resource. The diverse collection includes objects relating to the history of the moving image, such as optical toys, magic lantern slides and a Lumière cinematograph; film publicity such as posters from the Hollywood era to contemporary film; material on film stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn; and material on animation, particularly on Disney films. The holdings also include the papers of British producer Gavrik Losey, the director and producer Don Boyd and the producer James Mackay which include papers that relate to the work of Derek Jarman. Many of our film modules exploit these resources, giving students a highly distinctive and valuable experience of studying and researching film using primary materials, documents and artefacts.
Our Audio-Visual collection in the University library comprises over 12,000 films on DVD and video, in addition to books about and recordings of American music of all kinds. Recent investment in our learning spaces has ensured that lectures, screening and seminars take advantage of multimedia equipment.
Assessment in English is through a mixture of methods that includes essays and a dissertation as well as exams and presentation work. The ratio of formal exam to continuous assessment is on average 40:60. For your Film Studies modules, you’ll be assessed by a combination of exams, essays, presentations and ‘sequence analysis’ (the close reading of film clips).
You will have to pass the assessments in your first year in order to proceed to the second year but they do not count toward your final degree classification. The assessments in the second year and the final year will contribute to your degree classification.
English graduates from the University of Exeter benefit from a degree which is internationally recognised and compete very successfully in the employment market.
Graduating with a degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of different careers. Oral and written communication is at the heart of our programme and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Through a balance of independent study and teamwork you will learn to manage your time and workload effectively.
Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, arts management, publishing, journalism, marketing, finance and events management, working for companies such as:
Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:
MA Cultural Heritage Management
MA English Literary Studies
PGCE English primary
MA Magazine Journalism
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills
The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.