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Student Careers and Skills

Careers support for Film and Television Studies students

The University’s Centre for Student Careers & Skills provides support and resources to help you plan and manage your career effectively. A dedicated team of Careers Consultants offers specialist advice and support to individuals according to their department or their chosen area of work. The Centre also delivers one-to-one advice and workshops to support academic and personal skills development and a team of job search advisers are on hand to offer advice on job hunting.

The Centre is located in The Learning Grid in University House. Their enquiry desk is staffed between 10:00 – 18:00 during term time, or you can contact the team by phone or email. For further information of services on offer visit the Careers website:

To get ideas about the many opportunities to develop your skills and to book onto careers workshops and events whilst at Warwick, visit Warwick Advantage:

Whatever your vision of career success, the process of career planning runs throughout your degree. It can be tempting to leave it until the final year, but the earlier you start, the wider the range of opportunities open to you after graduation.

Undergraduate Skills Programme

Use the Undergraduate Skills Programme (USP) to develop your academic, personal and professional skills, improve your marks, impress potential employers and network with other Warwick students. USP Workshops are a series of skills specific workshops designed to enable you to develop your personal, academic and career management skills. Take a look at what is on offer at

Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) gives you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of research, to experience what it's like to be a member of a research team and to participate in cutting-edge research.

Your research project will take between 4 and 10 weeks, and usually takes place either full-time in the summer vacation, part-time in term time or part time in vacation. For more information about the application process and what’s involved:

Warwick Advantage Awards

The Warwick Advantage and Warwick Advantage Global Awards are a unique collaboration between the Students’ Union and Student Careers & Skills. You can apply to receive formal recognition for developing your skills or intercultural capabilities through the extra-curricular activities you are involved in whilst at Warwick. Award winners are invited to attend an annual Award Ceremony. Graduate recruiters tell us they value highly the skills students develop through their extracurricular activities and the Awards are a great way to enhance your graduate employability.

You’ve made one good career decision, to study with us, but now the process continues. Pursuing Film and TV Studies at Warwick can make you very employable, but we do urge you to take advantage of all the opportunities open to you to get the most out of your time here.

Sexual and Racial Harassment

The University and the Students’ Union regard all forms of harassment as unacceptable and are prepared to take disciplinary action against offenders. Both the University and the Students’ Union are committed to creating a community that is free from harassment and discrimination. Sexual, racial and personal harassment can seriously worsen conditions for staff and students at the University.

The University and the Students’ Union have prepared Guidelines on Sexual, Racial and Personal Harassment (which can be seen on insite in the Campus Life [Health and Welfare] section). The Guidelines include advice on identifying and addressing harassment, formal procedures which can be followed and details of sources of support. The Guidelines are also available from the office of the Director of Student and Ancillary Services.

The University Website

The website is major source of information, which many of you will no doubt have already accessed. It is to be found at From here you can easily navigate your way through a great deal of information about the university’s academic departments and services.

University regulations and procedures are formally laid down in the Calendar, which is available on the web at :

If you wish to make an informal or formal complaint about a teaching-related matter, detailed information about the procedures available is provided at:


The Assessment System: conventions and procedures

Film and Television Studies modules are assessed through a combination of essays and unseen examinations, which take place at the end of each year.

Examinations test your understanding of critical and theoretical issues and your coverage of the syllabus, as well as your ability to write concisely and at short notice. Assessed essays give you the opportunity to display your command of close textual analysis and historical research, and your ability to collect and organise evidence. They develop your analytic, rhetorical and writing skills (see guidelines for the writing of essays at the end of this handbook). They also allow you to learn from comments and corrections by tutors.

You may not repeat material from your assessed essays in your examinations, (though you may repeat material from unassessed essays). If in doubt about this, consult module tutors or your personal tutor.

Essays will normally be returned to you within three weeks, with an agreed internal grade and detailed comments from the first marker who, as the module tutor, is in the best position to do so. The role of the second marker is to monitor the standards of marking (rather than offer a second set of comments) and resolve the internal grade. The internal grade may be adjusted later by the external examiners. It is felt appropriate, however, to give you early feedback, as this forms part of the learning process (this is also past students’ preference). Major adjustments, though they happen, are very rare.

All modules are examined at the end of the year, with exams counting for 60% of the overall assessment. The detail of essay to exam proportion is as follows:

Introduction to Film Studies (FI 101 - day and evening modules)

2 x 1,500 word essays 20%

1 x 3,000 word essay 20%

1 unseen examination (2 hours, 2 questions) 60%

The Hollywood Cinema (FI 102)

2 x 3,000 word essays 40%

1 seen examination (2 hours, 2 questions) 60%

New 15 CATs modules (For French and Italian with Film Students who have completed Hollywood Cinema)

Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Pedro Almodovar (Autumn)

Special Topic 1: Two Major Filmmakers (Autumn)

British Film and Television (Spring)

Postmodernism and New Hollywood (Spring)

Hollywood Comedy (Spring)

The above modules may be assessed in two different ways:

- 100% assessed:

1 essay of 5,000 words

- 100% examined:

1 unseen examination (2 hours)

You will be required to choose one of the above assessment options when you register for your exams towards the middle of the autumn term.

Essay Lengths

You must provide a word count at the end of your essay. 10% variation on the required length in either direction is acceptable.

Essay Deadlines

Two copies of essays should be handed in to the Film and Television Studies departmental secretary (Room A0.12) by 12.00 noon on the day stated below with the exception of the evening module students, whose essays should be handed in to the module tutor at the beginning of the session at 6.30pm on the date indicated below. Essays may not be submitted by fax or email.

All essays should be accompanied by a securely attached and fully completed front sheet (see appendix 5). Copies of the sheet are available from the departmental office, and should be collected in advance – not filled in when you arrive to submit the essay. Mark and comments sheets will be attached to essays when they are returned.

Handing in Essays

Normally students hand their essays in personally. If for any reason it is not possible to hand in the work in person, you are strongly advised not to leave the submission to the last minute, and to ask the student entrusted with the task to phone you to confirm that the essay has been signed it. But it should be clear that you are taking the risk of an arrangement going wrong.

Essay Extensions

If there are circumstances which prevent your handing in an essay by the prescribed deadline, you will have to apply for an extension. For Film Studies modules, the only person who can grant extensions is the Head of Department. You will need to see him personally, and should collect and fill in an extension request form, and bring it, plus any supporting documentation, with you. If the extension is agreed, you will be given a copy of the countersigned form with the new deadline on it.

Extensions are given in the case of significant illness, accompanied by a medical note, or comparable difficulty. They are not given to cover transport difficulties, poor time management or mistaking or forgetting the time of deadlines. They are not normally given for computer failure unless fully documented. Involvement in extra-curricular university activities are never grounds for an extension if you could reasonably have planned ahead and allotted your time accordingly.

You cannot be granted an extension by email, but you may wish to use email to alert your module tutor and/or the chair if you are aware that circumstances are arising which may cause you to require an extension.

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