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English Literature and Film Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Worcester, United Kingdom
In combination, these subject areas enable you to study English literature in some of the immensely varied contexts of its long history of production alongside the shorter history and impact of arguably the defining creative and communications medium of the past hundred years (film). Both situate these histories within the reading, writing and ‘seeing’ of 21st century life and experience.
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English Literature provides opportunities to explore literatures from the 16th to 21st centuries, embracing both mainstream, ‘canonical’ and less familiar, ‘marginal’ texts. It invites you to share with your lecturers cutting-edge thinking in spheres as diverse as Shakespeare in translation, children’s literature, contemporary American writing and ecocriticism (the understanding of literary texts through exploration of the interconnections between human culture and organic and animal worlds). From the outset, you will develop skills of close and creative reading, as well as a critical awareness of the relationship between texts and their contexts. Increasingly as the course progresses, you will explore literature from a range of theoretical perspectives current throughout the humanities. This, in turn, will support you to specialise in the areas of literature that interest you most. There are also opportunities to explore relationships between literature and other kinds of expression, for example painting and illustration.

In Film Studies you are introduced to a wide range of film histories and cultures, covering everything from the Hollywood blockbuster to world cinema. You will study films from a variety of time periods, including recent releases. You will be encouraged to draw connections between your own experiences of cinema and film theory and there will be many opportunities, during your learning, to benefit from your lecturers’ cutting edge research in aspects of film – from, for example, the cultural meaning of zombie cinema to development of the British crime film. Learning takes place in the screening room and in lecture and seminar rooms and takes a variety of forms including small-group discussion, film screenings, lectures, seminars, one-to-one tutorials and essay preparation sessions. Strong emphasis is placed on interaction and debate between lecturers and students and between students themselves. Assignments are largely essays and presentations but there will be occasional opportunities, too, to work towards less conventional outcomes, including short films.

Both subject areas provide you with opportunities to benefit from your lecturers’ cutting edge research in aspects of literature and film – from investigation of the political purposes of Hamlet in translation to exploration of Buddhist American poetry, from the cultural meaning of zombie cinema, to development of the British crime film. Both courses also provide you with opportunities for work placements and volunteering designed to highlight how your learning is supporting your employability and to introduce you to some of the professional and employment possibilities that you could pursue once you have graduated.

If you are interested in the ways in which human beings communicate with one another, and how their visual and linguistic forms of communication shape meaning and ideology and seek to make sense of their societies, then studying English Literature and Film Studies together may well be an inspiring and engrossing course for you.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1

Core modules:
  • What is Literature? 
  • Introduction to Film: Theory & Practice 
  • Hollywood and Beyond

Module options:

  • English Literature Across the Centuries 
  • English Renaissance Texts and Contexts
  • Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference in View 
  • Introduction to American Writing
  • Science Fiction: Alternative Worlds 
  • Contemporary World Cinema 
  • Truth, Reality and the Documentary Film

Year 2

Core modules:
  • Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice 
  • Approaches to Film

Module options:

  • Shakespearean Comedy 
  • Culture and Politics in Victorian Fiction
  • Children’s Literature
  • The American Short Story 
  • Film Genre Studies
  • Film: Culture, Audience, Industry

Year 3

Module options:

  • Justice and Revenge in English Renaissance Drama 
  • Fantasy and the 1980s 
  • Irish Writing since 1900 
  • Literature in Film Adaptation 
  • Postcolonial Literature 
  • Independent Research Project 
  • Independent Study 
  • Film & Folklore 
  • Film Reviewing 
  • Studies in Cult & Exploitation Cinema 
  • Underworld UK 
  • Cinema and Modern Life 
  • TV Times

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points.

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend for interview and to provide a portfolio and a piece of written work for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11700 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

Living costs for Worcester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Students at Worcester are fully eligible for the UK Government's student loan support package if they fulfil the appropriate criteria.

Our growing scholarship programme offers eligible students the opportunity to earn scholarships and prizes for every year of their studies.

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