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Film Studies and History BA(Hons)

2023-24 (also available for 2022-23)

Start date

25 September 2023

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

10

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. Boost your career prospects by undertaking a work placement year in the UK or abroad to gain valuable real-world experience.
  2. You'll have access to industry-standard facilities and equipment in film and TV production.
  3. You'll be able to explore the award-winning archive at Heritage Quay and the unique Holocaust Learning Exhibition Centre located on campus.

If you're passionate about understanding and telling stories about the past, this course could be ideal for you. Combining the study of Film and History allows you to explore how we represent and construct the story of humankind through the centuries, to the present day.

Why study Film Studies and History at Huddersfield?

  • You’ll be taught and supported by enthusiastic, internationally renowned professors, researchers and media practitioners
  • You’ll be working in industry standard production facilities, part of the Yorkshire Film and Television School. The course will develop your abilities to analyse, research and write persuasively about a rich variety of films, shows and filmmakers, from the latest superhero blockbusters through to indie movies and YouTube releases.. You can explore a range of diverse eras from medieval to modern times, allowing you to investigate the periods that fascinate and inspire you most.
  • Explore our innovative award-winning archive at Heritage Quay and the newly opened Holocaust Learning and Exhibition Centre.

Studying film, we'll look a wide range of cinema. From Hollywood blockbusters through to challenging avant-garde works, you'll study a rich and varied selection of genres. We'll look at topics such as national cinemas, as well as examining cult film. As part of the wide mix of skills you'll learn, you'll also get the chance to improve your writing, plus develop abilities in video and audio production.

With History, you'll establish connections between the events, ideas and people that built past and present worlds. At Huddersfield, our History team will help you engage with different approaches to history, as you work with source materials in dynamic and innovative ways. A wide range of options puts you in control of designing your degree to suit what interests you.

Course detail

Core modules:

Analysing Content

Here we take you inside how to analyse the media we consume, from the biggest Hollywood movies to memes and gifs. You will develop the tools to help you understand the interplay of form and content. The module introduces you to key concepts in the study of media texts, allowing you to analyse narrative and genre across different media and platforms.

Early Medieval Europe: c500 - 1215

This module covers the history of, what was to become, Europe from the decline of the Western Roman Empire to the end of the 11th Century. It explores the religious and social history of the period, in a range of geographic locations and ethnic groups, from Scandinavia to the Eastern Mediterranean. You’ll have the opportunity to examine written sources alongside visual representations and material culture. You’ll also be advised how to find, evaluate and reference supporting material for your work; how to identify arguments and structure essays and document analyses; and how to present material orally, as well as in writing.

Digital Video and Audio Production

Getting behind the camera and the microphone is a dream career for many. This module is where you start to make those dreams a reality. We’ll take you through how to use industry-standard cameras and digital recorders to capture video and audio, and then Adobe editing software to turn that raw material into crafted pieces.

Twentieth Century Britain

Using a chronological and thematic approach, you'll be introduced to the major political, social, economic and cultural developments affecting British society in the 20th Century. This module explores how British people identified themselves within a variety of communities, relating to place, gender, ethnicity, class and other affiliations. It also explores the development of social policy in relation to the Welfare State.

Media Writing and Narrative

Telling stories is at the heart of all kinds of media jobs, from music reviewing to influencer marketing. Here we help you improve your writing, so you’re comfortable researching and writing pieces in a range of styles. Analysing professional examples will help you get a handle on what you’ll be aiming to match as your skills develop.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level including a minimum grade B in History.

112 UCAS tariff points including a minimum grade B at A Level in History.

Merit at T Level.

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above including modules in History.
  • 112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications including Higher Level History at grade 6.

Applicants with prior learning or prior experiential learning will be considered individually by the School of Arts and Humanities Accreditation and Validation Panel, to assess whether it is appropriate to grant general or specific credit towards the course.

Applications from international students will be considered on an individual basis, and with advice from the University's International Office.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Placements


This course offers the opportunity to complete a 5 week work placement which is an optional element of the second year of the course.

The course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects.

Previous placement providers have included Pen and Sword Books, Oldham Evening Chronicle, Lotherton Hall, Rochdale Law Centre and a range of primary and secondary schools.

I enjoyed making new friends at university. They are now some of my closest friends. I did a placement in my second year in the third term, which has helped me develop customer service and PR skills. I enjoy learning new skills that are helping me in my career. 

emily kelly

Emily Kelly, Film Studies and History BA(Hons)

Your Career


Media, creative and cultural sectors are one of the biggest and fastest growing in the UK. This degree will provide you with a combination of creative, technical and analytical skills for a variety of careers and roles in a rapidly developing digital economy.

*Percentage of graduates from this subject area who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19, UK domiciled graduates).

85% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Research excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry.

100% of research produced by History at Huddersfield is internationally recognised, and two thirds of this is internationally excellent or world-leading; we more than doubled the amount of world-leading research we produced since the last REF. Our impact case studies scored particularly highly, being rated 20% world leading and 50% internationally excellent. - REF 2014

We extend our knowledge and understanding of History through the production of high quality work, with funding coming from the AHRC, ESRC, the Wellcome Institute, the Leverhulme Trust and other significant grant providers. As part of this process we have also invested in early career members of staff with great success.

History hosts the Research Centre for History, Culture and Memory (CHiCaM), a cross-disciplinary research centre which runs seminars and projects. CHiCaM is comprised of four research groups: Health Histories, Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture, Global and Transnational Histories and Feelings, Affects and Emotions. Current staff research includes: Richard III and the Princes in the Tower; the Emily Hobhouse Letters Project; Royal Masculinities 1485-1714; Healthcare Before Welfare States; the Political Thought of Hindu Nationalism and Conservatism; Children Deprived of their Liberty; Histories of Mental Ill-Health; and the Shape of Nursing (1880-2020).

For more information, see the Research section of our website.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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