Film Studies BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: P303
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB-BBB / IB : 33 with no score less than 4. /


Films have been vital cultural outputs for over one hundred years. The context in which they are produced and distributed is constantly changing but their importance as documents of our times remains, as does the pleasure they give to audiences across the world and their potential influence on the way those audiences may see the world.


Study as part of joint-honours at 100:0 Choosing this subject as a Single Honours


Film Studies at Liverpool offers you the chance to study with recognised scholars of film cultures and industries around the world, offering a wide-ranging and sophisticated academic programme in this critical field. Our students have an interest in world cultures and a desire to fully appreciate the ways in which these cultures have expressed themselves through film. We encourage you to become an independent learner, and support you through our dedicated library resources, including a wide variety of films from all periods and sources available for private study, e-learning initiatives and structured tasks outside the classroom.

Study as part of joint-honours at 75:25 Choosing this subject as a Major

A major in Film Studies will give you the chance to follow a nearly complete Film Studies course, while at the same time maintaining a connection with another subject to broaden your experience and feed into your understanding of Film. 

The module range available to you is exactly the same is for Single Honours students, but you study 90 credits rather than 120 in Film in Years 2 and 3 in order to make space for your Minor subject. 

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a Joint

Film Studies is a popular Joint degree choice, especially (but not exclusively) with cognate subjects such as Communications and Media, English or Music. A joint degree in Film Studies allows you to develop your understanding of film in the context of another discipline, and vice versa. 

Joint students in Film studies take 60 credits in Film per year. In Year 1 your programme will not include FILM 106 or COMM 152. In Years 2 and 3 the full range of Film modules are available to you, although the number which you select is limited to two per semester. In Year 3 you may do a Dissertation module in Film or in your other Joint subject (but not both).

Study as part of joint-honours at 25:75Choosing this subject as a Minor

A Minor in Film Studies allows you to maintain an interest in film analysis and film texts while pursuing your studies in your major subject. You might be interested in a minor if for example you expected to need to examine films regularly as research documents, or if you wished to maintain your skills in more than one form of cultural output. 

Students taking a Minor in Film studies take 30 credits of Film per year, effectively one module per semester. In Year 1 this takes the form of the core course in Film (Introduction to Film Language and Approaches to Film). In Years 2 and 3 you have access to the full range of module choices, with the exception of the dissertation.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

102 Year One undergraduates in 2016

UK league tables

Ranked 19th for Modern Languages in the Guardian University Guide 2018

Graduate prospects

87.6% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15)

National Student Survey

91% of students are happy with the teaching on their programme (National Student Survey 2016)

Why this subject?

Learn a language the Liverpool way

At the University of Liverpool, language is at the heart of our teaching and staff from across the Department take part in its delivery. Our fully-refurbished Language Lounge is the centre of our departmental life. It is a lively place where you can work on your language skills with the aid of online resources, watch foreign-language films, meet someone for a chat in your chosen language or simply settle down with ‘un espresso’, a foreign-language newspaper and take in the beautiful views of our fabulous Georgian Abercromby Square.

Many of our students will start a language from beginner’s level. Indeed, in languages such as Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Catalan and Basque most of our students will start that language from scratch. At Liverpool, you can choose with confidence, knowing that we are specialists in teaching languages to beginners and you will benefit from our years of experience in accompanying students in their first steps in their chosen language. As a beginner, you will take our fast-track modules to achieve between GCSE and A level standard within a year. From Year Two, you will be integrated with post-A-level students studying your language.

Broaden your understanding of language and culture with a year abroad

Whether you study languages as a Single Honours degree or as a Minor, you have the opportunity to spend a year abroad as part of your programme. You’ll spend your third year teaching English, attending university, completing a work placement or working for a non-government organisation (NGO) in one or more countries relevant to the language or languages you are studying. This opportunity offers you a unique first-hand experience to step out of the classroom and immerse yourself in the country’s culture and develop your language skills further.

Experience our ‘connected’ Liverpool curriculum

Our degrees help you make connections within and across language areas. If you study a language as a Single Honours degree, you can take a different language from scratch or from A level standard which you can continue into final year.

We also offer modules that enable you to compare the culture or linguistics of one or more language areas. These include modules on German and Italian film, as well as linguistic topics such as the linguistic landscape.

Our teaching is informed by partnerships with organisations across and outside the University. For example, some French modules include sessions in Special Collections and Archives in the University’s Sydney Jones Library, whilst others run seminars in conjunction with National Museums Liverpool. In Hispanic Studies, the Etxepare Basque Institute fund a lecturer, internships and visiting speakers. The Spanish Embassy, the Institut Ramon Llull (the Catalan language and cultural institute), the Instituto Camões (the Portuguese language and cultural institute) and the Instituto Cervantes (the Spanish language and cultural institute) all support our annual Iberian and Latin American Week, a week of cultural and language activities related to Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. These take place on campus and at a variety of venues throughout the city.

We will help you make the connection between university study and your future career, either through offering work experience opportunities as part of your degree or through transferable or specialist skills gained during your studies. Our work placement modules in Year Two allow you to use your language skills on a work placement in the Merseyside area. Our Year Abroad scheme offers you the opportunity to undertake a year- long teaching placement or an ‘International Year in Industry’ in a business or other organisation.

From the end of Year Two of your studies, you can gain qualified teacher status in a scheme supported by the Department of Education. Once you register on this programme, you will be eligible for the Teacher Training Bursary, a tax-free sum of up to £9,000. If you are interested in a career in translation and interpreting, you can gain these skills in our language modules from Year Two. In the Final Year, you can choose to take a specialist translation studies module or prepare a translation of your chosen text to submit as a dissertation.

You will also gain insights into the creative and practical aspects of the translation process at our annual translation workshop, led by a visiting professional translator or network with potential employers at our annual ‘Careers in Translation and Interpreting’ event.

Pursue your own adventure

Many of our modules allow you to focus on topics that particularly interest you. For example our language modules often let you choose and research a subject that interests you as part of your assessment, whether a book report or oral presentation. In cultural modules, you can choose or even devise your own essay question.