Undergraduate BA (Hons)

English and Film with Foundation Year

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology




Four year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

The exploration of any English subject area—Literature, Language, Drama, Creative Writing, and Film—will offer the means for a student to develop interesting and fulfilling careers in the twenty-first century. As a result of rapid technological change in all fields of cultural life, and particularly in the proliferation of online content, the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and research thoroughly provide essential skills in both our day-to-day lives and in our workplaces.

For that reason, this shared Foundation Year, which brings together students from English, Drama, Creative Writing, and Film, focuses on an introduction to the critical skills that you will need to engage with culture and society in the twenty-first century. The programme will provide a collaborative environment which facilitates the exploration of ideas, the interrogation of texts, and the development of a range of theoretical approaches. These practical skills will provide a firm foundation for your future study: they will help to ensure that you can progress through your chosen course with confidence.

Find out more by signing up to our upcoming Open Day. If you have any general questions, please contact Course Enquiries.  

You will:

  • Learn to read and think critically in order to meet the variable problem-solving challenges set by academic study
  • Develop skills in recognising and choosing the study tools and skills necessary to complete set tasks
  • Prepare to study on one of our BA (Hons) degree programmes

This is for you if...


You are passionate about the study of English


You read widely and have a desire to deepen your skills in critical analysis


You are creative, enthusiastic, and highly motivated

Course details

All about the course

Designed to prepare students for entry to an undergraduate programme in English, this Foundation Year will introduce you to a range of study tools and critical skills which provide the best foundation upon which to explore or create a variety of literary and cultural texts.

You will be taught within a group of students who have a shared interest in the English subject area and who will progress onto programmes in Literature, Language, Drama, Creative Writing, and Film.

Together, you will complete a series of modules which provide a range of learning experiences that help you to develop the knowledge and understanding of how to engage successfully with study at an undergraduate level.

Following the Foundation Year, you will study the three years of BA (Hons) English and Film

Designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of two creative disciplines, our English and Film degree explores subjects as diverse as postmodern literature, popular fiction, the history of cinema, and the world’s most powerful film industry: Hollywood. You will also be introduced to the expectations of university-level study, developing the skills that you need to excel in your academic work.

As you move into the second and third year of your degree, you will shape your studies to focus on the areas of English and Film that interest you most. Currently available options range from exploring contemporary American cinema and learning the skills required to become a successful film journalist, to examining the female gothic, and workshopping your screenwriting skills. This is your chance to develop a strong portfolio of work in your chosen area. What’s more, you will be learning from leading academic staff who are both committed teachers and active researchers in their fields.

Explore what each of our modules involve in our full course breakdown below.

Foundation year

Critical Thinking Skills

This module will help students to develop a broad range of critical thinking skills which are necessary to engage successfully with the complex intellectual tasks typically encountered in a university undergraduate programme.

Introduction to Literary Theory

This module is designed to introduce a student to a range of literary theories which they will encounter as they explore the historical and critical contexts of literary history; it will provide a student with a range of theoretical tools which can be implemented for the analysis and interpretation of literary texts and will acquaint them with the types of theoretical debates which they will encounter during an undergraduate degree in English studies.

Language and Communication

This module will introduce students to the academic study of language and its relationship to communication across various media. Learners will be encouraged to take an interest in texts of all types and to develop a curiosity as to language use in various contexts. A particular focus of the module will be a detailed examination of language use in speech and writing and how audience and context play central roles in the creation, comprehension and dissemination of different text types. Students will also be introduced to the concept of linguistic prescriptivism by considering the diversity of speakers' attitudes towards variety in language use; they will be enabled to place linguistic prescriptivism within its wider sociocultural context, not least its synergies with the issues of social class, discrimination and cultural diversity.

Reading Management Skills

This module will help students to develop the reading skills necessary to undertake successfully the sophisticated reading demands of a university undergraduate programme.

Study and Group Work Skills

This module is designed to equip a student with an appropriate set of study skills and study habits to ensure that they will be able to transition successfully to their chosen route of academic study for a university undergraduate programme.

Year one

Critical Approaches to Film

You will evaluate a range of critical approaches to film in relation to the social and cultural developments that informed and influenced them. Throughout the module, you will focus on key approaches such as film as art, film as propaganda, film as mass culture, authorship, genre and ideology.

Popular Fictions

You will be introduced to key concepts relating to the study of popular fiction including critical attitudes towards it. The module develops knowledge of the publishing industry and literary genres with a focus on crime literature spanning from Conan Doyle’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

Film Form, Film Meaning

During the course of this module, you will look at the idea of film form and how it contributes to the meaning of a film. Considering various components such as narrative, cinematography, editing and sound, this module aims to answer the basic question of: What is a Film?

Classical Hollywood Cinema

This module introduces the idea of ‘classical Hollywood’ cinema and its role in the development of our understanding of film. Analysing Hollywood as an organising structure for film production, you will identify the production methods employed by the Hollywood studios, the production techniques and practices widely termed as the ‘classical Hollywood style’, and the economic rationale behind the establishment of Hollywood.

Discovering Literature

Writing and storytelling are as vital now as they have been since history began to be recorded by writers and storytellers. In this module, you will explore and learn about the importance of these fundamentals of literature from different approaches, different forms, and different periods in their use in various media across time.

Year two

British Cinema

Introducing students to a number of key directors, onscreen talent, genres, cycles, and movements associated with British cinema, this module will take students on a cultural and historical journey through the cinematic output and production contexts of our very own domestic film industry. Through close textual analysis and an application of a range of critical approaches to film and British cinema students taking the module should also expect to discuss and examine the role of British cinema in articulating and (re)presenting British national identities and sense of ‘nationhood’.

Choose from two Film and three English modules from the following indicative list (the top four modules are Film options):

Film Journalism

You will learn to write in a concise and entertaining manner in this module, acquiring the writing and editing skills necessary to undertake film reviews, features and interviews. Whilst the module will focus on film-related matters, the skills learned will be highly transferable into other journalistic realms.

Cinema Asia

Building upon several ideas covered in Year One, you will begin to take a more in depth look at the range of cinema produced across Asia. In addition to covering a variety of cinematic traditions from countries including India, China, Korea and Japan, you will also articulate the differences in aesthetic forms and strategies and critically assess the place of Asian cinemas in the increasingly global film industry.

Comedy and British Cinema

Focusing on comedy films produced within British cinema, this module will enable you to identify different characteristics associated with various styles of British film comedy. You will also analyse formal strategies employed by comedy filmmakers and various performance techniques utilised by a range of comedic performers within British cinema.

Contemporary American Cinema

The landscape of American film-making has been affected by a range of economic, social, and cultural changes in recent years. This module will consider these tumultuous changes and address conflicting definitions of independence within a global marketplace. Moreover, the module will also consider the importance of marketing strategies within contemporary film-making.

The Romantic Period: the Sublime and the Gothic

The Romantic Period was a time of revolution when radical writers began to argue for the natural rights of mankind. On this module, you will study the literature that emerged in a time of revolution while exploring how a range of writers experimented with new literary forms and styles, including the Gothic mode: a form of writing that captured contemporaneous anxieties in monstrous, terrifying, and horrific forms. By exploring ideas relating to nature, childhood, empire, and the self, you will study the ways in which the “spirit of the age” was expressed through the revolutionary compositions of Romantic writers. 

Utopias and Dystopias

Idealised human societies—utopias—have played an important role in the development of literature, sociology, and politics. These Brave New Worlds have envisaged societies where economic and gender divisions are largely eliminated and where science and a moral approach to economic resources is the norm. Authors have also been interested in what happens when a society follows opposite aims to produce social order: when, that is, a dystopian nightmare dominates social life. On this module, you will learn to understand utopian and dystopian texts by studying authors such as Thomas More, William Morris, H. G. Wells, E. M. Forster, Katherine Burdekin, Philip K. Dick , George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury.

Analysing Media Texts

In this module, you will explore what constitutes a media text in the 21st century. You will learn how to deconstruct media texts using tools from linguistics in order to explore ideology and manipulation in texts. You will analyse a variety of media texts ranging from news reports and advertisements to political speeches and social media by using qualitative and quantitative methods from discourse analysis.

Literature, Adaptation and the Screen

On this module, you will study a range of literary texts and their screen counterparts, including SherlockPsycho, and Gone Girl. By encouraging you to consider and explore the relationships between literature and screen adaptations, the module will explore the distinctiveness of both cultural forms while investigating the problems of generating visual and dialogic substitutes for psychological and narrative complexity. You will learn about theories of adaptation and the integral role of technical arts such as scenography, music, and sound production; further, you will also learn about techniques associated with writing film and TV synopses, treatments, and step outlines.

Victorian Literature: Progress and Panic

On this module, you will analyse novels, poetry, plays, and autobiography from the beginning of the Victorian era to the late nineteenth-century fin de siècle. The module covers a range of issues, including class, crime, sexuality, empire, urban experience, women’s writing, and identity. It encourages an appreciation of the diversity of nineteenth-century literary, social, intellectual, and political activities and invites a reassessment of received ideas about the Victorians.

21st Century Women’s Writing

This module explores a range of contemporary texts written by women and includes novels and other forms of writing such as manifestos, graphic novels, feminist history writing, and TV shows and music. As a consequence, you will learn about the socio-political and cultural climate of today’s society as it affects and is shaped by women.

The Female Gothic

This module explores a selection of Gothic novels, novellas, short stories, and films, working to trace the development of the Female Gothic in fiction from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. By exploring the significance and the effects of various recurrent tropes—including the uncanny, Gothic spaces, the absent/dead mother, abjection, and the monstrous feminine—you will be introduced to the themes of Gothic writing and to the specialised vocabulary of and theoretical approaches to the Female Gothic.

Introduction to Screenwriting

The module examines fundamental aspects of fictional storytelling: narrative structure, character development, character types, relation of character to plot, and the use of subplots. The module goes on to explore differing conceptual and technical approaches used in screenwriting for theatre, TV and film. You will workshop your screenplay in class, which can be written in any genre or style appropriate to screen work to produce a finished script that is a whole linear narrative.

World Literature and the Environment

On this module, you will examine how global literature engages with environmental concerns, including climate change, species endangerment and extinction, food and water security, and waste and pollution. We will consider a variety of forms and perspectives used by writers from Africa, India, the Americas, the Pacific Islands, and elsewhere in order to uncover how global literatures represent and respond to various environments and crises and how they express resistance, develop strategies of mitigation, and envision solutions.

Year three


This module explores a range of post-war and 21st-century texts and links them with debates around the nature of postmodernism. These texts will be used to reflect on central literary critical issues such as authorship, narrative structure, linear progression, and identity which are problematised by postmodern theories. The selected texts include films, novels, novellas, short stories, and are not confined to British sources.

Choose three Film and two English options from the following indicative list (the top five modules are Film options):

Sequential Art (Comics and Graphic Novels)

You will study important examples of international comic strips, series, and ‘graphic novels’. At a time of proliferating texts inspired by material introduced in comics, a section of the module will look at film and TV adaptations, evaluating the importance of comic-derived material to the modern media landscape. The unique ways in which comics can be said to create meanings will be highlighted, and you will experience creating a narrative with expert guidance.

Themes studied may include the following: Comics and Childhood; The Graphic Novel Era: Comics ‘come of age’; Alan Moore; Comics, Ideology and Form: Case Study of 1970s British Comics; Fandom; Comics and Other Media.

Hollywood Masculinities

This will let students explore key (transitional) representations of men and masculinity throughout Hollywood history. Beginning with an examination of the pre-code ‘mob men’, moving to representations of men (and dangerous women) in film noir and 1980's muscular hero action pics, among other key masculine characterisations, the module will analyse how the representation of Hollywood’s leading men has always been an altering document, drawn and redrawn to meet the demands of the day. Critical skills concerning gender, identity, and representation theories will come to bear on one of the burgeoning, most hotly-debated areas of the film discipline.

Film Programming and Curating for Cinemas and Festivals

The module will focus on creating programmes for independent cinemas and film festivals. The understanding students will need of the various industrial contexts involved will be covered in areas such as the following: Film Festivals with a case study of The Edinburgh International Film Festival; Programming festival retrospectives with a case study in film at the Viva Spanish and Latin American Festival; Independent Cinemas in the UK and understanding their market with a case study in curating special programmes and seasons for an independent cinema; Initiating Cultural Interventions and working with cinemas with a case study of Chinese Film Forum UK.

Alternative, Independent, and Marginal Film

Different and radical forms of production and distribution, particularly in the age of the internet, have questioned the existence of a universal, stable film 'mainstream'. However, institutions such as financial backers, major awards and festivals have received feedback that their measures for success are failing to recognise and include women, people of colour, ethnic communities, and queer/trans groups. The same limitations are detectable in the mainstream cinema 'canon'. Consequently, this module asks what is the canon of cinema, what supports it, and how should we evaluate its effects and what is beyond it? 

Film and Theory

In this module, we ask ‘What is Film Theory? How did it evolve and which questions does it address?’. We shall critically engage with a number of theory-based approaches to film associated with a number of intellectual positions (for example, semiotic, cognitive, narrative, and political theories), as well as examining the historical links between theory and the development of film studies as a subject within the academy.

Teaching Masterclass (English)

This module is for students who are interested in developing and transforming the knowledge which they have gained on their degree programme into practical teaching skills. You will explore fundamental theories of pedagogy and apply them to practice in the classroom, role playing teaching situations and learning how to devise a basic lesson plan in the fields of Literature, Creative Writing, Language, and Drama. This module will develop interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills, and it will help to prepare you for transition to a PGCE.

British Theatre Post-1950

This module contextualises post-war British theatre in terms of naturalism, the avant-garde, political contexts, and the epic mode. Examining a varied range of play texts, you will consider the ways in which British theatre since the Second World War has engaged with issues of class, sexuality, gender, and national identity and how form, narrative, action, and character have evolved in different contexts.

Biography: Tradition and Innovation

This module introduces you to the rich, innovative, and subversive traditions of biography as well as ground-breaking contemporary practice. The module will explore the following issues: biography as autobiography; biography as fiction; biography as poetry; biography as visual text; biography as political critique; and biography as a way of understanding our world. Postmodern concerns about what we understand by “reality,” “life,” representation, subjectivity, and “truth” will underpin our explorations, and you will be guided through a range of key research and writing techniques as you embark upon your own biographical project.

Health Communication

In this module, you will explore healthcare communication using a range of theories and methods in linguistics ranging from corpus linguistics to conversation analysis. You will analyse language data from a diverse range of healthcare settings, such as clinical consultations, online discussions, public health campaigns and press reports. In the module, you will learn about the role that language plays in influencing our experiences and beliefs about health and illness, as well as the importance of effective healthcare communication.

Post/Colonial African Literature

This module explores how postcolonial theory can be used to analyse a range of nineteenth- to twenty-first century African literatures, including novels, short stories, and graphic narratives. You will develop the theoretical grounding to aid your analysis of African literature in relation to ideas of race, empire, national identity, language, conflict, and the environment. Collectively, we will consider literature from diverse locations, including South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe, in ways attuned to cultural, historical, linguistic, and local contexts.

Shakespeare and the Play of Thought

This module explores the various ways in which cultural intertextuality informs and shapes Shakespeare's approach to character and action. To gain a broader understanding of how Shakespearean drama can be seen as 'the play of thought,' we will analyse Shakespeare's work in terms of literary theories, including new historicism, cognitive linguistics, and gender studies.

Alternative Ulster

This module will discuss literature written during the period known as the Northern Irish ‘troubles’, the Peace Process and after. It will consider poetry, prose, drama, and film produced in this period, as well as other visual sources (mural, video, and performance art) to consider a variety of ways of representing the conflict. While a historical narrative will be presented in the first lectures and seminars, the focus will be on considering how form and content intersect in these fictive representations.


The Dissertation module provides you with an opportunity to undertake an independent and challenging research project under the guidance of a member of academic staff. The dissertation expands and hones your research skills, strengthening your ability to engage with complex materials in a productive way and preparing you for further study or a career in the workplace.


Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this. 

What will I be doing?


As part of your English and Film degree, your timetable will include a breakdown of your scheduled lessons with timeslots for you to explore your independent research interests.
Your classes will be based at our Peel Park and MediaCityUK campuses.

This English and film programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Lectures are formal and will consist of a lecturer addressing a large group of students. Seminars and tutorials are smaller and informal. They are either entirely student-led sessions or a combination of student and tutor-led.

As part of your film studies, there will also be a series of screenings and talks by visiting experts.


An important aspect of our English and film university courses is how we assess you. As well as giving us an indication of how you’re doing, they will also help to inform you of areas you’re working well in, and areas you need to work on.

You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods including traditional essays, presentations, written analysis and longer pieces based on your own research interests.


All our English and Film, TV and Radio courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things.

Each year - through the Create Student Awards – our School rewards the incredible achievements and successes of our final year and postgraduate students.

Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there. You’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, meaning you’ll be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it.


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What about after uni?


Your BA English and film studies degree will enable you to secure professional roles in a variety of related industries, including journalism, cinema programming, teaching and the direction of film festivals. Our recent graduates have also gone on to work in areas as diverse as the film distribution sector, arts administration and education. What’s more, you’ll be well equipped with a portfolio of work that you can use to evidence your critical analysis skills and establish yourself as a professional within the creative industries.


Graduates showing strong academic and research skills can pursue a further postgraduate path through  our Postgraduate programmes  on a full-time or part-time basis subject to a satisfactory proposal. 

A taste of what you could become

A journalist

A writer

A teacher

A film distributor

And more...

Career Links

The English and Film course boasts strong industry links with several local culture organisations including HOME Manchester, Greater Manchester Arts Centre, The Salford Film Festival, and the Viva: Spanish and Latin American Film Festival. You will gain an in-depth insight into film distribution and exhibition through work placements during the Film Exhibition and Distribution module.


What you need to know


To gain a place on this programme, you should have a keen desire to pursue academic work and a passion for all things literature and film. In preparation for this course, you should also be exploring texts from a wide range of genres, as well as developing your own ideas around a variety of subject matter. So, if you’re well-read, open-minded and able to form your own arguments, you’re the type of applicant we’re looking for.


Standard entry requirements


English Language at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is required. Maths at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

A Level

64 points. General Studies accepted.

T Levels

Pass: D or E in core subject


Diploma = MM

Extended Diploma = MPP

Access to HE

Pass Level 3 Access to HE Diploma with 64 points

Scottish Highers

64 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 points

International Baccalaureate

24 points

European Baccalaureate

Pass Diploma with 60% overall

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.
Full-time home 2025/26 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID QP34

Institution S03