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If you love a good story, whether in print or in film, you can indulge your passions on our undergraduate degree in English and Film. Stories focus on things people care about. Stories also have to be constructed with care to make sure they strike the right note with their audience. Each story told features issues we can explore about important human themes, individual identity or social and political patterns of behaviour. But stories also need to be planned, crafted, funded, produced and distributed.


Course Benefits

  • Work with film makers, published writers and academic researchers.
  • Consistently high scores in student surveys for teaching, support and guidance.
  • Make links with the worlds of film, TV and publishing.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

On this course you will learn about the film industry and how it works, and you will also study a range of modern literary texts in different genres, analyzing how they work.

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to bring the two sides of your degree together, for example in thinking about how books have been turned into films, or films into books.

You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in some of the practical aspects of film-making, such as camera, or scriptwriting. And at each level you will have the opportunity to do your own creative writing, either for a creative project or in response to a text.

Read our full course terms and conditions.


Year 1

In Year 1 you’ll gain confidence in researching texts and their contexts, and discovering the fantastic range of online and librarybased resources available to help you do this, through our Research and Essay-Writingmodule. Through Mapping Genres you will explore some great texts from the past and learn to compare them to popular modern texts in the same genres. On the film side, you will learn a range of concepts and techniques in Analysing Film, and then you can decide whether to explore more about the film industry through International Film Industries, learn more about the practical side of film-making through Camera, Photography and Lighting, or develop your creative writing skills through Introduction to Scriptwriting. At the end of the year you will complete a practical project and go on a professional placement to help you develop your future employability and relate your studies to the world of work.

Year 2

In your second year, analysis and creativity are combined in Roots of Stories, which looks at myths and archetypes which are constantly being reworked in texts and films, and which you will also experiment with in your own writing. You will learn more about how to analyse, discuss and write about film in Researching Media, Film and Culture and Theorising Film. You will choose whether to take another module on practical film-making, such as Script to Screen or Documentary: Theory and Practice; or a module on the English side such as 20th Century Literature or Creative Writing Workshop; or study more aspects of film in Understanding Disney or Myths, Meanings and Movies. At the end of the year you will go on a professional placement to gain valuable skills and experience to take forward to your future career.

Year 3

During your third year all the research and analytical skills you have developed will go into producing a major piece of work: either a Dissertation on a literary topic or a piece of Media Film and Culture Research. Whichever you choose, you will have the freedom to work independently, with help and advice from our expert staff. During this year you will also choose your other modules from a wide range available, on both the Film and English sides, on topics such as the Gothic or Postmodern Fiction, Science Fiction or European Cinema. Or you can take a module on Film and TV Adaptation, studying ways in which literature and film have been brought together.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG4332 - Professional Development and Placement
  • ENG4412 - Research and Essay Writing: Focus on Plays
  • ENG4882 - Mapping Genres
  • HUM4992 - Ethics and Society
  • MFC4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • MFC4082 - Analysing Film
  • MFC4352 - Introduction to Script Writing
  • MFC4412 - Camera, Photography and Lighting
  • MFC4432 - International Film Industries: Contemporary Issues and Debates

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG5102 - Professional Writing 2
  • ENG5112 - Professional Development and Placement Module (Volunteering)
  • ENG5132 - Roots of Stories
  • ENG5412 - Literary Period: Twentieth Century Literature
  • ENG5732 - Constructions of Gender
  • ENG5742 - Writing Practices II: Innocence and Experience
  • MFC5032 - Researching, Media, Film and Culture
  • MFC5042 - Script to Screen
  • MFC5072 - UK Film Industry
  • MFC5112 - Understanding Disney
  • MFC5202 - Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • MFC5602 - Theorising Film

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG6202 - When Elizabeth Bennet met Bridget Jones
  • ENG6222 - Modernisms
  • ENG6552 - The Continuing Middle Ages
  • ENG6714 - Dissertation
  • ENG6912 - Postmodern Fiction
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • MFC6102 - Mapping the Audio-Visual Landscape
  • MFC6112 - European Cinema
  • MFC6162 - Film and Television Adaptation
  • MFC6182 - Science Fiction
  • MFC6234 - Media, Film & Culture Research A
  • MFC6582 - Computational Film Analysis

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 21.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 286 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 774 hours of independent teaching; 280 hours on placement

Year 2 – 18.4% of scheduled learning and teaching; 245 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 845 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 – 18.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 217 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 983 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
Modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops (combined with film screenings where appropriate), seminars, and individual tutorials.

On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules with the option to take a third. As part of the Level 4 module students will participate in a group project exploring and developing project management and teamwork skills. In the spring term of Level 5 there is a six-week work placement sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on students' learning. Finally, students can choose to take a Level 6 option module in which they negotiate and complete an individual project for an external institution or company.

At Level 6 all students complete a 40-credit Film Research project; students also have the opportunity to complete a 20-credit English Research Report. Both are designed to extend skills of analysis and critical thinking developed throughout the programme. Projects which combine film and literary analysis (e.g. studies of adaptations) are welcomed.

Students are offered opportunities throughout the programme to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors, to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to their graduate prospects, and to publish and read their creative work.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.​


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 92.5% coursework; 7.5% practical exams

Year 2 – 93.5% coursework; 6.5% practical exams

Year 3 - 100% coursework

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this programme include online quizzes, short group presentations, and portfolios.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​ ​In addition, applicants usually have an A Level (or equivalent) in an English-related subject but this is not essential.

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​.

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University 
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online

Jason Scott

​​​I'm Dr. Jason Scott and I teach Film within the Media, Film and Culture subject team. As the head tutor, I oversee the Film component of the English and Film degree.

I also teach on the third year module, Film and Television Adaptation, that brings together both sides in studying literary adaptations, to film and television, alongside broader trends in adapting comic books, fantasy books like the Harry Potter series, and other forms of narrative recycling.

Academic staff profiles

BA (Hons) English and Film Studies provides you with an opportunity to analyse films from a range of different genres and traditions, as well as develop your understanding of the film industry, its historical development right through to the contemporary landscape and issues it faces. 
You will learn how specific contexts of production help explain filmmakers’ creative choices. 

Relevant research outputs

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There was a great enthusiasm for the job and a clear love of film. Brandon is now aware of what it takes to be a runner and the standards expected.

Nicola Garrett

Receptionist at Working Title Films

Professional Work Placements

Your professional work placements will help you gain valuable experience and contacts in the area that you're interested in.

Examples of where previous students have worked on placements in recent years include primary schools, secondary schools, film production companies, the offices of a local MP, recording studios, libraries and a local newspaper.

More about placements

Graduates gain employment within playwriting, scriptwriting, teaching, marketing, PR, copywriting, publishing and journalism. Graduates also continue into postgraduate level study.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Creative WritingMA Marketing and MA Journalism, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 

Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs andsocieties whether on campus or in Leeds.

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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

English and Film Studies Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for English and Film Studies alone to be represented in the Unistats data.

This lack of published data within Unistats for English and Film Studies at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.



of Leeds Trinity University students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2017).

Top 20 in the UK

English studies courses at Leeds Trinity University are ranked 19th out of all UK universities for student satisfaction (NSS 2017).


of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating. This places Leeds Trinity University above all other universities in Yorkshire and 17th nationally (DLHE 2016).

Work Placements  

We arrange over 1,200 professional work placements for our students every year.

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