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Explore the English Language from a variety of different angles and further your skills with a unique film course which combines the study of film as an art form with learning the practical skills of film making.

Our BA English Language and Film degree introduces you to the scientific study of the English Language and allows you to examine human communication in different contexts. You’ll be taught by research-active academics working in cutting-edge areas.

In your first year you’ll be introduced to film criticism, genre and style. You’ll also explore the diversity of use of the English language including regional variants, pidgin and creole English, language and ethnicity, and slang and street English. Core modules in your second year focus on English grammar and the sounds of English. You can explore theories of how and why language developed and study language-related real-life problems such as plagiarism and crime investigation in forensic linguistics. You’ll also gain knowledge of film production and you’ll think more about European or US cinema.

In your final year you can follow modules in different topics, including child language and communication, clinical linguistics, gender and language, and formulaic language, informed by our academics’ own research specialisms. You’ll also have the opportunity to make your own video essay as one of your film modules.

Why choose this course?

We give you: 

  • A flexible programme of study, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting
  • A supportive, research-active academic team
  • Access to huge online databases to underpin your original research projects
  • CV-building potential through practical experience and extra-curricular activities
  • An expert film team with in-depth knowledge of the film industry plus the opportunity to get involved with local cinemas and our own bespoke film club.
  • A guaranteed post-graduation interview with the School of Education

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. Our graduates have an excellent record of securing roles in a range of industries including the media, publishing, teaching and information management. Film offers you the opportunity to develop visual awareness and skills which are much valued in the digital age.

Over the years many of our English Language graduates have gone into teaching or speech and language therapy, as well as translation, publishing, journalism, marketing, law and business. Many go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with the School of Education.

Course details

Teaching methods

Our English Language students benefit from being part of a supportive, research-active academic community. From tutorials and group work to eye-opening psycholinguistic experiments, we use a range of engaging, student-centred teaching methods to help you work confidently and creatively.

Our expert colleagues in Film take a similar international approach. You will explore the fascinating world of Hollywood, World Cinema, European Cinema as well as the film industry in Britain, so you have insider knowledge of what makes a successful film and appreciate diverse genres, contexts, cultures and filmmaking techniques.

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. For our English Language and Film students, it would be a brilliant opportunity to learn about another film industry, particularly if you choose film active areas such as California or Australia.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Language and Mind - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Film Criticism - 15 Credits
  • Communication, Interaction, Context - 15 Credits
  • English Language in Use - 15 Credits
  • Genre, Styles and Stars - 15 Credits
  • Investigating Language - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to English Linguistics 1 - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to English Linguistics 2 - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Language in the Media - 15 Credits
  • History of the English Language - 15 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

  • English Grammar - 15 Credits
  • Sounds of English - 15 Credits
  • Graduate Skills - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Learning and Teaching Language 2 - 15 Credits
  • Language and Species - 15 Credits
  • Language in Society - 15 Credits
  • Forensic Linguistics - 15 Credits
  • Language Competencies in Career Development - 15 Credits
  • History of the English Language - 15 Credits
  • Research Methods in English Language & Communication - 15 Credits
  • Learning and Teaching Language 1 - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

Optional

  • Child Language & Communication - 15 Credits
  • Clinical Linguistics - 15 Credits
  • Language & Communication Project - 30 Credits
  • Language Processing - 15 Credits
  • Communication and Cultures - 15 Credits
  • Meaning and Context - 15 Credits
  • Chunky Language: Investigating Formulaic Sequences - 15 Credits
  • Gender in Language and Communication - 15 Credits
  • Global Englishes - 15 Credits
  • Corpus-based Studies in English Language - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

72 - 168 UCAS points

IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above. Find out more about international application requirements.

GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

2019

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23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

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23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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