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English with Film Studies BA

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Overview

The English with Film Studies BA at King’s allows you to study in the heart of London and engage with both its literary and visual history.

You will have the chance to explore a variety of exciting topics, with English modules covering  global English literatures from the medieval to the contemporary, alongside Film Studies modules which will provide you with a detailed knowledge of the creative potential of film, and the relationship between film and the societies it portrays.

 

Key benefits

English:

  • One of the oldest English departments in the country, with an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research
  • Central London location offers opportunities to work with Shakespeare’s Globe as well as an exciting range of other sites and archives
  • Ours is a department committed to teaching English literatures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries written in America, Anglophone Africa, Australia, Ireland and South Asia as well as within the UK
  • Personal attention is given to each student, creating a vibrant intellectual atmosphere and a network of support
  • Graduates develop transferable analytical and communications skills making them highly desirable to employers across a range of sectors
  • With several research centres at King’s, including the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture, Queer @ King’s and the London Shakespeare Centre, students work alongside cutting-edge research across a range of fields

Film Studies:

  • Consistently one of the best departments for the study of film in the UK, and currently ranked as the 1st department of Film in central London (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Broad list of modules ranging from Contemporary European Cinema, Asian Cinema, experimental film to the American Underground
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment
  • Central location offers exciting possibilities for further access to film, most notably King’s close proximity to the British Film Institute Library, and the new BFI Southbank
  • Provides a grounding for pursuing careers in the media arts and related activities

Key information

UCAS code Q3P3

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Major/minor honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of English

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Description

The English with Film Studies BA is an inter-departmental course that covers a broad range subjects, from contemporary poetry to medieval performance and creative writing. It combines a variety of approaches, including contemporary critical and cultural theory, close textual and technical examination and historical scholarship. We aim to offer open and imaginative approaches to classic literary and film texts together with newer and less familiar developments in both disciplines.

This is a three-year course that comprises modules totalling 360 credits. Each year, you will take modules totalling 120 credits, with the additional option of studying abroad for part of the second year. In your second and third years you will enjoy great flexibility in your choice of optional modules, enabling you to study in depth those areas that most interest you.

Teaching style

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, oral presentations and written examinations.

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, exams (unseen, open book and prior disclosure), critical commentaries, sequence analysis, creative work (e.g. fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction), translations, reports, seminar presentations and reader-response exercises.

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Special notes

All students are offered the opportunity to study abroad – in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and other locations – during the second year of their English degree at King’s. Recent popular destinations include the University of California, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Toronto, and the University of Hong Kong.

Structure

Year 1

A sample of the current modules offered is shown below. We review our modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer you an innovative and exciting programme. 

This is three-year course combining both required and optional modules to achieve a total of 120 credits for each year. You also have the option to study abroad in your second year.

Required Modules

English

You are required to take the following module:

  • Reading Poetry (15 credits)

In addition, you are required to take five of the following 15 credit English modules:

  • Classical & Biblical Contexts of English Literature (15 credits)
  • Early Modern Literary Culture (15 credits)
  • Introducing Literary Theories (15 credits)
  • Introduction to American Literature (15 credits)
  • Medieval Literary Culture (15 credits)
  • Writing London (15 credits)

Film Studies

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Introduction to Film Studies: Forms (15  credits)
  • Introduction to Film Studies: Contexts (15 credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Year 2

Required Modules

English

The department operates a banding system in the second year, to broaden horizons and ensure a balanced programme of study.

  • Band 1: Literature up to 1800 and English Language
  • Band 2: Literature 1800 – present

You are required to take a minimum of three Band 1 modules during your second year. At least one of these must be a Band 1 Medieval option.

Film Studies

There are no required Film Studies modules in Year 2.

Optional Modules

English

You will take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, from a range of optional modules within these bands which may typically include:

Band 1

  • A Mad World, My Masters: Performing Culture in Jacobean England (15 credits)
  • Renaissance Wordplay (15 credits)
  • Comedy & Identity (15 credits)
  • Cultural Encounters: Literature & Language in the Anglo-Saxon Period (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Eighteenth-Century Travel Writing (15 credits)
  • The Film of The Play (15 credits)
  • History, Politics & the Elizabethan Imagination (15 credits)
  • Language on the Edge (15 credits)
  • London Literature 1380-1450 (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Old English Poems & Modern British Poetry (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Performance in Medieval Culture (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • The Poetry of Revolution (15 credits)
  • Subjects of Desire in Medieval Literature (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • The Rise of the Novel (15 credits)
  • Family, Authorship and Romanticism (15 credits)
  • Medieval Science Fiction (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Early American Literature (15 credits)

Band 2:

  • Prose Fiction (15 credits)
  • Literature & Psychoanalysis (15 credits)
  • Modern Theatre (15 credits)
  • Victorians & Social Change (15 credits)
  • Shocks of the New (15 credits)
  • Writing the New Nation: Nineteenth-Century American Literature (15 credits)
  • US Slavery & the Literary Imagination (15 credits)
  • Modern Theatre (15 credits)
  • Theatre Capital (15 credits)
  • Fin de Siècle (15 credits)
  • First World War Literature (15 credits)
  • The Colonial Novel and British India (15 credits)
  • Moments of Culture (15 credits)
  • Mapping Modernism (15 credits)
  • 20th Century American Fiction (15 credits)
  • Experimental Theatre (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing: Drama (15 credits)

Film Studies

You are required to take two 15-credit optional Film Studies modules from a range that may typically include:

  • Asian Popular Cinemas (15 credits)
  • Cinema & Spectatorship (15 credits)
  • Film Authorship (15 credits)
  • Film Forms (e.g. Documentary Film, Avant- garde Cinema) (15 credits)
  • French New Wave (15 credits)
  • Italian Neo-Realism (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Spanish Cinema (15 credits)
  • Contemporary European Cinema (15 credits)
  • Topics in World Cinema (15 credits)

Study Abroad

You will have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year. Partner universities currently include:

  • National University of Singapore
  • University of California
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Hong Kong University
  • University of Sydney
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Michigan

Year 3

Required Modules

There are no required modules for this course in Year 3. 

Optional Modules

English

You are required to take 90 credits from a range of modules that may typically include the following 15 credit modules. You may also choose to take a 30 credit dissertation in place of two 15 credit optional modules:

  • Autobiography (15 credits)
  • Beowulf (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing: Poetry (15 credits)
  • Critically Queer: Literature, Culture & Queer Theory (15 credits)
  • Imagining Britain: Medieval Places, Journeys, Maps (15 credits)
  • Late Shakespeare (15 credits)
  • Literature and Media (15 credits)
  • Modernist Short Story (15 credits)
  • Victorians Abroad (15 credits)
  • Reading Paradise Lost (15 credits)

Film Studies

You are required to take 30 credits from a range of modules that may typically include the following 15 credit modules:

  • American Underground Cinema (15 credits)
  • Film & Transnationalism (15 credits)
  • Film Genre, Style & Ideology (15 credits)
  • Film Noir (15 credits)
  • Stardom & Performance (15 credits)
  • Third Cinema & Beyond (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

English Literature or Combined English Language and Literature

Preferred subjects

Two other 'arts' subjects at Level 3 (e.g. A-Level)

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-Level  AAA 

Must include grade A in English Literature, or Combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred other subjects: Two other 'arts' subjects.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to English/Literature/Humanities (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Level 3 study to focus on either English Literature or Combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred other subjects: Two other 'arts' subjects at Level 3.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3

Must include grade D3 in Literature in English.

Preferred other subjects: Two other 'arts' subjects as Principal Subjects. 

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred other subjects: Two other arts subjects at A-level.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred other subjects: Two other arts subjects at A-level.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred other subjects: Two other arts subjects at A-level.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in Advanced Higher in English.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

Preferred other subjects: Two other 'arts' subjects at Advanced Higher/Higher.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 666 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in English Literature or Combined English Language and Literature. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. 

Preferred other subjects: Two other 'arts' subjects at HL. 

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

English and Film are flexible and adaptable subjects that equip you with a wide range of transferable skills appropriate to many different occupations. Graduates from our English with Film BA possess skills in written and spoken communication, independent thought and judgement, critical thinking and research, all of which are highly valued by employers. Our students are often interested in a career in the creative and cultural industries, as well as in education and research. Equally, many of our graduates also go into general management, consultancy and the public services, or take conversion courses to begins careers in professions such as law.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as…

  • Librarian, London Borough of Barnet
  • Marketing Executive, Ensphere
  • Charity Fundraiser, Gogen
  • Content Editor, Thomson Reuters UK Professional
  • Corporate Affairs Intern, Cadbury Plc
  • English Teacher, St Giles College
  • Graduate Management Trainee, Sotheby’s
  • Junior Script Reader, Altered Image
  • National Events Executive, Fundraising & Marketing, Cancer Research UK
  • Recruitment Consultant, Michael Page International
  • Website Administrator, Walkopedia.ne
  • Lecturer, King’s College London and other UK universities

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