BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies

BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies

On this Joint Honours degree we emphasise the relationships between different forms of expression, including film and literature but also visual art, digital media, television, video games and more. Studying these subjects together will allow you to explore communication in all its forms, including:

  • Historical documents
  • Contemporary literary texts
  • Documentaries
  • Film adaptations.

We also focus on the relevance of literature and film to the political, social and cultural contexts which produced it. We believe that words matter, whether they are written in a literary work or spoken on film. We are interested in how these texts can change the world.

In your film modules you will learn to investigate the techniques, styles and creative decisions of cinema. We will introduce you to a wide range of genres and movements, including Gothic and horror cinema, animation and Science fiction. You will also have the chance to study films from around the world, with modules focusing on British, European, American and transnational cinema.

In your literature modules you will have opportunities to engage with classic texts by writers like Shakespeare, Dickens and Austen, but will also engage with diverse genres including Native American writing, prison narratives and LGBTQIA+ rights literature.

You will join a lively department which offers many opportunities to take your learning further. This might include:

  • Getting involved with the writing, publishing and promotion of Neutral magazine
  • Attending talks and workshops at the annual York Literature Festival or the Aesthetica Short Film Festival
  • Taking part in field trips.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This degree will build skills and knowledge which will be useful in a variety of careers. This is a great choice if you want to keep your options open. You will gain valuable skills in writing, analytical thinking, time management, collaborative and independent working, problem solving, public speaking and more.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Editing and copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Marketing or PR
  • Writing or producing for TV and film
  • Researching for TV and film
  • Advertising

Course Details

Year 1

Filmmakers on Film
Introduction to Literary Studies 1
Introduction to Literary Studies 2
Media Research
Writing, Research and Literature
Film and its Audiences
Cinema and Society
Theorising Literature: Power and Identity
Cult and Extreme Cinema

Year 2

Media Enterprise
Literature at Work
Film and the American Imagination
Culture, Controversy and Media
Imaginary Worlds: Researching Science Fiction
Mapping America
European Cinema
Independent Cinema
Gothic and Horror
Civil War to Civil Society: British Literature, 1640-1740
Literary Theory
Gothic, Romanticism and Revolution
Sick Novels: Literature and Disease
Conflicting Words
Shakespeare: Perspectives

Year 3

Documentary Film Studies
Research Now I and II
The Victorian Novel: Realism, Sensation, Naturalism
The Experimental Century: Cultural Change in the Twentieth Century
Gothic Origins
The Making of Modern Drama
Writing the Caribbean
American Radicals: Outside the Canon
Cultures of the Now: Contemporary Writing
Gender and Sexualities
Transnational Cinema

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