BA (Hons) English Language with Film
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UCAS code: Q1W6
Institute code: H36
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UCAS points A Level BTEC IB 112-120 BBC-BBB DMM-DDM 112-120
GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/D Mathematics
Access course tariff: An overall merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3.
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 more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.
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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.
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Why choose this course?
- no. 13 in the UK for English (2023 Guardian League Table)
- Close to the Warner Bros. and Harry Potter studios
- Optional modules forensic and clinical linguistics
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's the course about?
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.
Work placement/study abroad option: Between your second and final year, you’ll have the option to study abroad or do a work placement for up to a year. Not only will this give you an amazing experience to talk about but will also give your CV a boost. If you’d rather go straight to your final year, that’s absolutely fine too.
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.
Your main campus is de Havilland
You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.
What will I study?
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.
Module Credits Compulsory/optional Introduction to Film Criticism 15 Credits Compulsory Investigating Language 15 Credits Compulsory Introduction to English Linguistics 1 15 Credits Compulsory Introduction to English Linguistics 2 15 Credits Compulsory Genre, Style and Stars 15 Credits Compulsory Language and Mind 15 Credits Optional Communication, Interaction, Context 15 Credits Optional English Language in Use 15 Credits Optional Language in the Media 15 Credits Optional Introduction to English Language Teaching 15 Credits Optional
Module Credits Compulsory/optional Sounds of English 15 Credits Compulsory Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory Film Production 15 Credits Compulsory US Cinema: From Studio Era to Digital Age 15 Credits Compulsory English Grammar 15 Credits Compulsory Learning and Teaching Language 2 15 Credits Optional Language and Species 15 Credits Optional Language in Society 15 Credits Optional Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits Optional Language Competencies in Career Development 15 Credits Optional Learning and Teaching Language 1 15 Credits Optional Vocabulary 15 Credits Optional Toolkit for Linguistic Research 15 Credits Optional Employability Skills 15 Credits Optional
Module Credits Compulsory/optional The Humanities Placement Year 0 Credits Compulsory Television Drama 15 Credits Compulsory Child Language & Communication 15 Credits Optional Clinical Linguistics 15 Credits Optional Language & Communication Project 30 Credits Optional Language Processing 15 Credits Optional Language & Communication Short Project 15 Credits Optional Communication and Cultures 15 Credits Optional Meaning and Context 15 Credits Optional Chunky Language: Investigating Formulaic Sequences 15 Credits Optional Gender in Language and Communication 15 Credits Optional Euro-Crime on Page and Screen 15 Credits Optional Global Englishes 15 Credits Optional Corpus-based Studies in English Language 15 Credits Optional Communication and Cultures 15 Credits Optional Syntax 15 Credits Optional Gender, Sexuality and Diversity in American Film 15 Credits Optional
An opportunity for an amazing experience, which will help make you stand out from the crowd. With more and more companies working internationally, experience of living in another country can make a great impression on future employers.
This course offers you the opportunity to enhance your study and CV with a sandwich year abroad. The University has partnerships with over 150 universities around the world, including the USA, Canada, Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and closer to home in Europe.
If you study abroad between your second and third year of study, you’ll pay no tuition fee to the partner university and no tuition fee to us either. We’ll ask you to make your decision in your second year, so there is plenty of time to think about it.
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Please note Erasmus+ funding is only available until May 2023. For students starting their course in September 2022 and wishing to study abroad in 2023-24 or 2024-25, please refer to the Turing Scheme.
Graduate with invaluable work experience alongside your degree and stand out from the crowd.
This course offers you the opportunity to enhance your study and CV with a work placement sandwich year. It’s a chance to explore career possibilities, make valuable contacts and gain sought after professional skills.
Our dedicated Careers and Employment team are here to help guide you through the process.
If you take up a work placement between your second and third year of study, at the University of Hertfordshire you’ll pay no tuition fee for this year. We’ll ask you to make your decision in your second year, so there is plenty of time to think about it.
Meet Alex Olney who has applied his skills in communication to the gaming industry. He is currently a Senior Video Producer at Nintendo Life.Read more stories Find out more about this course
|Current job role||Senior Video Producer|
|Year of graduation||2015|
|Course of study||BA(Hons) English Language and Communication|
While not his first choice of university, Alex is grateful that he applied to the University of Hertfordshire through Clearing as whilst at the University he discovered and explored his passion for everything linguistic. This passion has had a profound impact on his life since graduating.
He says, ‘Studying a language gave me confidence and a deeper understanding of human and non-human communication and has allowed me to create a distinct idiolect that identifies me as a creator and, more importantly, entertains tens of thousands of people every day.’
He credits his success to the support he received from his lecturers who encouraged him throughout his studies: ‘The lecturers were not only well informed about the subject matter but had a genuine passion for language.’ He states that they pushed him to explore languages so much so that ‘it became a driving force in my everyday life.’
Alex also believes that the transferable skills he learnt while at the University have helped him throughout his professional life including time management. He states that he learnt effective time management skills to ensure that he never leaves projects and deadlines to the last minute and plans out in advance what is required.
Alex really enjoys his current role at Nintendo Life as he likes the hands on nature of producing content but would eventually like to manage and become a head of the video editing department.
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Further information - includes assessment method
Course fact sheets BA (Hons) English Language Download Programme specifications BA (Hons) English Language Download Film Programme Specification Download Additional information
Sandwich placement or study abroad year
Applications open to international and EU students
- Full Time, 3 Years
- Sandwich, 4 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
How to apply?
International/EU applicants without pre-settled status in the UK
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Home and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status in the UK
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Start Date End Date Link 23/09/2023 31/05/2024 Apply online (Full Time) 23/09/2023 31/05/2024 Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich) 23/09/2023 31/05/2024 Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
Start Date End Date Link 23/09/2024 31/05/2025 Apply online (Full Time) 23/09/2024 31/05/2025 Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich) 23/09/2024 31/05/2025 Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
Fees and funding
- £9250 for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £14750 for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £14750 for the 2023/2024 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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Living costs / accommodation
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