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Key facts

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Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 5 - 8 years


School of Arts

UCAS Tariff Points



Whether you want to be the next Tarantino, a screenwriter or become a critic, our Film degree delivers the core skills that you'll need to succeed. You'll gain hands-on practice in film-making and build the technical competencies that are vital for your career. We designed this course to professional industry standards, you'll learn:

  • film production
  • film criticism
  • film history
  • how to apply these techniques and ideas to your own work. 

You can specialise in:

  • screenwriting
  • production management
  • new media
  • independent film.

Students can apply for an exclusive year-long paid internship in the film industry between year two and three. In your final year you can opt to do a work placement or a live, industry-mentored project.

Our established links with the film industry enable students to meet professionals at regular film events.  Our students have worked on productions including Skyfall, Slumdog Millionaire, Inglourious Basterds, Saturday Kitchen and Downton Abbey.

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

In Year 1, you will establish your creative, critical and professional skills in film production.

Year 2 will build on your understanding and confidence and you will:

  • develop your critical insight and creative proficiency
  • explore film style and digital technologies for research

You can then chose to:

  • further enhance your production skills and knowledge of short film development and production management
  • engage with the exhibition and distribution sectors
  • explores the careers of independent filmmakers and the independent sector
  • examine film stardom
  • carry out an independent study module and either conduct an in-depth research project or develop a short film or screenwriting project.

In your final year, you will focus on the development and production of a major critical or creative project. And a compulsory work placement or live project will prepare you for employment.

Student watching a tutor with a camera

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Thinking Film 1, 2 and 3

In three core Thinking Film modules (Thinking Film 1: Framing Film Analysis, Thinking Film 2: Research Skills, Thinking Film 3: Popular Cinema), you build your knowledge of research methods and essential historical contexts.

Making Film 1 and 2

Two core Making Film modules (Making Film 1: Introduction to Creative Practices, Making Film 2: Screenwriting for Film and TV) introduce you to production work, including a series of practicals, short project work and technical introductions.

Working in Film 1 and 2

In two core Working in Film modules (Working in Film 1: Screen Industries and Working in Film 2: Film History, Industry and Technology), you consider key industry frameworks and systems of funding, production and distribution.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Making Film 3: Approaches to Filmmaking

Thinking Film 5: Digital Research Methods

Optional modules

Making Film 4: Screenwriting Craft and Practice

Making Film 5: Short Film Production

Thinking Film 4: Star and Audiences

Independent Study In Film

Working in Film 3: Festivals, Cinemas and New media

Working in Film 4: Independent Filmmakers

Year 3 (placement year)

Optional modules

Career Development Placement

Career Development Placement The aim of this module is to develop the professional profile and professional confidence of a student through experiential learning opportunities and engagement with external organisations by undergoing work placements, internships and industry experiences. It aims to enable students to manage their own learning and self-direction through identifying opportunities that align to their disciplinary ambitions, situating their practice in a professional context. It offers a range of options including an Enterprise Residency where students can operate as freelancers and develop ideas for a start-up business with the full support of Brookes Enterprise Support.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Thinking Film 6: Film Theory

In the core Thinking Film 6: Film Theory, you consolidate and extend your critical and professional understanding with study of advanced theoretical frameworks.

Working in Film 5: Creative Industries

You undertake a compulsory work placement or live project (Working in Film 5: Creative Industries) as preparation for employment.

Optional modules

Making Film 6: Short Film Development

Making Film 6: Short Film Project

Thinking Film 7: Dissertation in Film; Making Film 6: Short Film Development; Making Film 7: Short Film Project

In your final year, you choose between focusing on the development and production of a major critical or creative project.

Thinking Film 8: Global Cinema & TV

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning activities:


Help you to develop ideas and track the progression of your projects. You will also get detailed feedback on your formative (developmental) and summative (assessed) work.

Skills workshops
These hands-on sessions used in the creative modules will help you develop specific abilities or techniques to benefit your practice.

Technical Demonstrations
Accessed through the School of Arts’ innovative ‘Skills Carousel’ sessions, these will teach you technical competence with a range of production equipment.

Work-based Learning
Central to your compulsory final year module, you'll have help in finding a work placement or live project. Placements are available in sectors including film/media production, journalism, exhibition, film festivals, or research.

Live Projects
An entrepreneurial alternative to work placements. Working in a group with other students to deliver a specific project or event which will often be public-facing.

Field trips

Recent field trips have included:

  • visits to local cinemas (eg The Ultimate Picture Palace)
  • events at the London Film Festival
  • a week in New York, including the Museum of the Moving Image and NBC Studios
  • a week in Berlin during the Berlinale
  • the Cannes Film Festival in May.

A sepearate fee will apply to an optional field trip. Please contact our Enquiry Centre (see 'Contact us') if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.


Assessment methods used on this course

The course is 100% assessed through coursework.  All group work is supported and monitored closely to ensure fairness and maximum participation.  

This course encourages you to think and behave like a professional and you will have the opportunity to:

  • use cutting-edge digital methodologies
  • pitch story ideas
  • create scripts
  • direct short films
  • design a programme for a local independent cinema
  • organise and run our popular Student Film Festival.

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Our exciting and varied curriculum will make you stand out from the crowd when applying for a variety of careers in the film and media industry: from film, TV and media journalism to research; from production management for film and TV companies to creative writing for the screen. The professional contacts developed during the work placement will enhance your opportunities in TV and the film industry.

Our graduates have recently secured positions including Research Coordinator at Universal Pictures, Marketing Assistant at Be At TV, PA to the Commercial Director of Icon Films and freelance make-up artist at Pinewood Studios.

Further study

Students can choose to continue their study of film at postgraduate level with our MA in Popular Cinema, or pursue doctoral level supervised research.

Our Staff

Dr James Cateridge

I teach undergraduate modules on the film industry, national cinemas and film festivals and exhibition. My postgraduate teaching is in industrial studies and film cultures.

Read more about James

Free language courses

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Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.