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What makes Film Studies at Worcester special?

Our Film Studies degree is small but mighty. The programme is strongly research-led, meaning the course content remains fresh and original. You'll also benefit from a blend of practical and theoretical approaches. The skills and perspectives you gain will prepare you for a range of exciting careers in film production.

Cinema has been one of the most significant forms of cultural communication over the last century. Studying film gives us the chance to understand much about how we, as people, interact, represent our ideas, and tell our stories. In an information age, it is a priceless skill to be able to interpret cultural intelligence.


Key features

  • Small class sizes and 1-to-1 tuition
  • Excellent employment potential in careers like advertising, PR and journalism, as well as in film itself
  • Study Film in combination with a second subject, such as Screenwriting, Film Production or Media & Culture.
Film studies degree at the University of Worcester.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Art and Design & Creative Media pathway page.

Film Studies at University of Worcester has taught me how to engage with film critically to the level I thought I wasn't capable of. The passion lecturers have for their subject inspired me to search for the opportunities to continue my academic career.

Milda Vaiciuvenaite, Class of 2014

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Introduction to Film: Theory & Practice
  • Hollywood and Beyond    



  • Introduction to Experimental Film
  • Contemporary World Cinema
  • Introduction to Television Cultures
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre 
  • Truth, Reality and the Documentary Film

Year 2


  • Film Genre Studies
  • Approaches to Film            


  • British Cinema
  • Representations of gender, sexuality and 'race' in film
  • Film: Culture, Audience, Industry
  • Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV
  • Screen Adaptation
  • Single Camera Drama
  • Factual Film
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Cinema and Modern Life


  • Work Experience
  • Film and Folklore
  • Film Reviewing
  • Studies in Cult & Exploitation Cinema
  • Underworld UK
  • Factual Film Production
  • TV Times

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Some modules will have time dedicated to screening films and others will ensure that the films are made available before the class.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to study film at a high level, to interrogate the social and cultural positioning of cinema, and to learn about the technical aspects of filmmaking such as editing, sound, and narrative construction. Alongside lectures, seminar tasks may include activities such as 20 minute filmmaking, the writing of film dialogue, and film reviewing.

You will have the opportunity to study contemporary and historical film texts. In some modules, there will also be the opportunity to engage with industry professionals and external speakers who will bring ‘real world’ experience to the study of cinema.

In the second year there is the opportunity for students to organise their own film festival and, in the third year, to develop their skills as film reviewers.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 – 15 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • A lecture that will outline the topic under discussion (this may be a period of film history, a genre, a style, or a theoretical topic).
  • A seminar that might involve table discussions, group tasks, or intensive analysis. Seminar tasks are usually structured around small groups of 3 or 4 students.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 36 hours of personal self-study per week (9 hours per module).  Typically, this will involve watching the films that are provided, reading texts, and preparing written work for the coming class. The written work can take the form of film reviews, blog entries, or reflective journals.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include essays, spoken presentations, film reviews and reflective journals.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

  • Year 1: Six 1250 word essays, one 10 minute presentation, one reflective journal or blog.  This equates to 2 assignments per module per semester.    
  • Year 2: Six 1500 word essays, one 10 minute presentation, one blog or short script.  This equates to 2 assignments per module per semester.
  • Year 3: Six 2000 word essays, one 10 minute presentation, one portfolio of film reviews.  This equates to 2 assignments per module per semester.  Plus a 10,000 final year independent project that is supervised throughout the year.       


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes Dr. Paul Elliott, whose specialisms include British cinema, documentary and realist cinema; Dr. Mikel Koven who is an expert on horror, film and folklore and exploitation cinema and Dr. Katie Barnett whose area of expertise is cinema and gender and Hollywood cinema



Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy and 100 per cent of full time course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • Dr Mikel Koven

    Mikel Koven is the author of Blaxploitation Film (2010), Film, Folklore & Urban Legends (2008) and La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film (2006); he co-edited Folklore/Cinema: Popular Film as Vernacular Entertainment (2007) and a special issue of Western Folklore on the topic of “Folklore & Film”. He was formerly Editor of the journal Contemporary Legend before taking up the role of President of the International Society of Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR). In addition to folklore, horror cinema and exploitation films, Mikel has researched cult movies, Jewishness in film and TV, representations of the Holocaust, and fandom.

    Mikel teaches modules including Introduction to Film Studies, National Cinema and Film Genre. He is also responsible for specialist modules in Cult & Exploitation Cinema and Film & Folklore.

  • Dr Paul Elliott

    Dr Paul Elliott is responsible for modules on Approaches to Film, Hollywood and Beyond, Cinema and Modern and Underworld UK. He is a member of the High Education Academy and has a PGCert in Higher Education, and is also a member of BAFTSS and MECCSAA.

    Paul has published several books, including Studying the British Crime Film, which explores the underbelly of the British crime film and examines how a variety of films portray various aspects of British society.

Never regretted choosing Film Studies for even a second. Film seminars with Mikel would make my brain hurt (in the best way possible) and Paul’s lectures were always an eclectic, refined treat.

Eva Mackevic, Class of 2013


Where could it take you?

Our Film Studies degree prepares our graduates for a range of careers in culture and media industries, including:   

  • Arts organisation
  • Publishing
  • Media and journalism
  • Film production
  • Media research
  • Advertising
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Events organisers
  • Business and industry
  • Public Relations       

This course also provides an ideal basis for postgraduate study. 

Practical skills and experience

Throughout the course, you'll gain a range of skills suitable for a career in film production or other media industries, including:

  • Working in a team
  • Working independently
  • Writing effectively
  • Communication with others
  • Clear and logical thinking
  • Finding information
  • Evaluating ideas
  • Showing initiative
  • Advance planning and working to deadlines
  • Organising yourself

These are some examples of skills developed by Film Studies students. You will be able to use them on your CV to demonstrate a range of qualities you can offer.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page

The Film Studies Department is brilliant, clear with communication, happy to help when needed and enthusiastic about their subject. They are one of the best areas at the University.

National Student Survey, 2014 comment


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Film Studies BA (Hons) - P303


Joint Honours:
See our Film Studies degrees page for Joint Honours options.


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Course leader

Dr Paul Elliott