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Film Studies BA (Hons)

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3 years

UCAS points

112 - 96

BA Film
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Please note: BA Film is being replaced for September 2024 with two new exciting programmes, BA Film Studies and BA Filmmaking. These are going through a final approval process and we hope to be able to start accepting applications in mid-December 2023. In the meantime, you can apply for BA Film (the entry requirements for all three programmes are the same) and if we can make you an offer we will contact you in December to find out which of the new programmes you would like to swap over to.

If you would like to speak to the course lead to find out a bit more about BA Film Studies and BA Filmmaking then please complete our contact form and we will be in touch. Alternatively, you can have a chat with the course team at our next Open Day on 25th November 2023.

Tell your story with our hands-on Film degree

Explore the stories that matter to you with our London-based Film degree. You will explore theoretical, practical, and industry perspectives, covering subjects like:

  • film theory
  • film production
  • the media and society
  • world cinema
  • script and narrative
  • documentary making
  • horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.

With a wide variety of modules, you can focus on the areas that interest you the most.

Learn in the capital

We are only 30 minutes from central London. Therefore, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore London’s diverse film industry. We’re also only a stone’s throw away from world-leading studios, such as:

Expert teaching and support

Your BA Film teachers are international experts within film, television, and popular culture. They are also here to support you. Our student, Charlotte, tells us that their lecturers “were on hand whenever [they] needed them” and had a “huge impact” on their success.

Work placements: build professional experience

During your film course, you can complete a paid work placement to gain contacts and experience in:

  • the media industries
  • scriptwriting and development
  • film criticism
  • media production
  • digital media
  • content creation.

Please note: this course is subject to validation.

Fallon Parker

Course Lead - BA Filmmaking

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A level (or equivalent).

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

112 - 96

UCAS points

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

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Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

How many UCAS points my grades are worth

A levels

  • A*

    56 pts

  • A

    48 pts

  • B

    40 pts

  • C

    32 pts

  • D

    24 pts

  • E

    16 pts

My qualification isn't listed:

If you can't find your qualification in this list please check the full list of UCAS tariff tables.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees





*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage


Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 55%

Independent study - 45%

*Contact time includes 35% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

We place a strong emphasis on developing skills that will be essential in the work place and further study. Most courses are taught through lectures, workshops, practical exercises, screenings, field trips and small group discussions, with an emphasis on developing your communication skills and the ability to express your ideas with confidence.

You will also be taught by both academic specialists and industry professionals. We offer exciting study trips and opportunities for work experience in the media and creative industries.

Most classes range from around 15 to 40 students. Seminars will have a maximum of around 20 students.

Assessment methods

We assess your work in a variety of ways. These usually include essays, portfolios of work, research reports and blogs. We also assess group work including presentations, films and other practical projects.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

With our Film degree, you will develop critical transferrable skills like communication, teamwork, and creative problem-solving.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Film Studies BA (Hons) include:

film and televisioncultural artsjournalismmanagement and administrationadvertisingresearchmarketingPR

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Open Days are a fantastic opportunity for you to meet academic staff. You'll also be able to look around the campus, speak to current students and find out more about services such as Accommodation, Student Wellbeing and Study Abroad.