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English and Film

BA Honours

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English and Film

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

Stories touch all our lives. They focus on the things we care about, featuring issues we can explore about important human themes, individual identity or social and political patterns of behaviour.

But to make sure they strike the right note with their audience, stories have to be constructed with care. They need to be planned, crafted, funded, produced and distributed.

If you love a good story, whether in print or in film, indulge your passions and learn how to craft the perfect story by studying English and Film.

Why study with us?

• Learn from the experts. You'll work with film-makers, published writers and academic researchers.

• Feel supported. Our students give us consistently high scores in annual surveys for teaching, support and guidance.

• Make connections. Our lecturers have extensive links in the film, TV and publishing industries.

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Course Information

About this course >

​You'll learn about the film industry and discover how to analyse, discuss and write about film. You'll study a range of modern literary texts in different genres, analysing how they work and how to compare them to great texts of the past.

We'll also give you plenty of opportunities to bring the two sides of your degree together, exploring topics such as how books have been turned into films, or films into books. Practical and professional experience is at the heart of your degree. You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the practical aspects of film-making such as camera, photography and lighting, or you can develop your scriptwriting skills.

In each year of study, you'll have the opportunity to produce your own creative writing, either for a creative project or in response to a text. You'll also complete two professional work placements, working with employers from a wide range of creative industries.

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Further Study

​Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Creative Writing, MA Marketing and MA Journalism, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. You will also be eligible to apply to one of the postgraduate teacher training qualifications (Primary or Secondary English) which we offer at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >

Year 1

In Year 1 you’ll gain confidence in researching texts and their contexts, and discovering the fantastic range of online and library-based resources available to help you do this, through our Research and Essay-Writing module. 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 UK Film Industry.  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 Continuing Middle Ages, Postmodern Fiction, Science Fiction or European Cinema. You can take a module on Film and TV Adaptation, studying ways in which literature and film have been brought together, or complete a practical project in Creative Media or Advanced Short Film Production.

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

  • ENG4122 - Beasts, Buttresses and Battlements: Medieval Literature
  • ENG4412 - Staging Identity: Researching Plays about Self and Society
  • ENG4562 - Reading Literature: Prose and Poetry
  • ENG4882 - Vampires and Detectives: Reading Popular Genres
  • ENG4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability
  • MFC4082 - Analysing Film
  • MFC4352 - Introduction to Scriptwriting
  • 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:

  • ENG5012 - Professional Development and Placement
  • ENG5112 - Professional Development and Placement Module (Volunteering)
  • ENG5122 - The Scandalous Victorians: Literature of the Industrial Revolution
  • ENG5152 - Writing America
  • ENG5412 - Twentieth-Century Writing: Experiments in Literature and Society
  • ENG5542 - Blood, Magic and Travel: Shakespearean Drama
  • ENG5732 - Constructions of Gender
  • ENG5742 - Childhood, Loss, Love and Myth: Creative Writing 2
  • ENG5822 - Magical Realism in World Fiction
  • HUM5902 - Spanish Language and Culture
  • 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:

  • ENG6222 - Writing the New: Modernisms
  • ENG6302 - Authors in Depth
  • ENG6532 - From The Tatler to Frankenstein: Reading Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Texts
  • ENG6552 - Dreaming the Middle Ages
  • ENG6714 - Dissertation
  • ENG6742 - Breaking the Rules: Creative Writing 3
  • ENG6772 - Down the Rabbit Hole: Children's Literature
  • ENG6912 - Labyrinths and Quests: Postmodern Fiction
  • HUM6002 - Sexuality and Ethics
  • HUM6012 - Great Thinkers: Applying Political Ideas
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • MFC6044 - Advanced Documentary Production
  • MFC6162 - Film and Television Adaptation
  • MFC6182 - Science Fiction
  • MFC6234 - Media, Film & Culture Research
  • MFC6404 - Advanced Short Film Production
  • MFC6582 - Computational Film Analysis

Learning and 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.  #expand#

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.​


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.

Entry Requirements >

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​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. 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 £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​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.

Placement Opportunities

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Our students have completed their placements at a variety of organisations – from film production companies and recording studios, to local newspapers and MPs' offices. If you're interested in teaching, you could also experience working in a primary or secondary school.

Graduate Opportunities

You'll be well-prepared for a career in playwriting, scriptwriting, teaching, marketing, PR, copywriting, publishing and journalism. Many of our graduates also continue on to postgraduate level study.

Campus Life

What is Discover Uni?

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 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.