Drama and English Literature, BA Hons

This programme will allow you to combine the study of drama with that of English literature. Drama at Greenwich offers a grounding in the history, theory and practice of theatre to enhance your understanding of contemporary theatre environments and practice. Modules range widely from dramatic literature and history to those that engage with specific performance practices such as applied drama, physical theatre and playwriting. All courses combine theory and practice, and provide students with opportunities to develop their performance skills, improve their writing and public speaking, acquire technical expertise, and experiment with new approaches to theatre performance and research. Students read more

Overview

Overview

This programme will allow you to combine the study of drama with that of English literature. Drama at Greenwich offers a grounding in the history, theory and practice of theatre to enhance your understanding of contemporary theatre environments and practice. Modules range widely from dramatic literature and history to those that engage with specific performance practices such as applied drama, physical theatre and playwriting. All courses combine theory and practice, and provide students with opportunities to develop their performance skills, improve their writing and public speaking, acquire technical expertise, and experiment with new approaches to theatre performance and research. Students engage in theatre-making as writers, technicians, directors and performers throughout the degree.

The English literature component of the programme emphasises literature written since 1800, and 'English literature' is interpreted broadly to include drama and visual narratives as well as fiction and poetry, visual art and theatre. The programme looks at the historical, social and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and received.

Drama has its own building with specialist performance and rehearsal spaces as well as technical areas and equipment.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To encourage you to think critically about the study of drama and English literature in relation to your own intellectual and professional interests
  • To further your understanding of literature and performance within social, historical and cultural contexts through practice, research and experience
  • To provide a grounding in English literature from the Renaissance to the present day
  • To advance knowledge of a range of theatre practitioners and specific performance practices.

What you'll study

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Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points, which should include at least 96 points from A2 A-levels. 

You'll also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics. 

We also accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers 
  • Irish Highers.

General studies is not normally accepted. 

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Candidates may be invited to an interview
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information

Assessment

Drama courses are assessed through: 

  • Formal essay
  • Research project
  • Logbook
  • Seminar presentation
  • Practical workshops
  • Theatre productions. 

English literature courses are assessed through examinations and coursework, including:

  • Individual and group projects 
  • Presentations
  • Textual analyses 
  • Critical reviews 
  • Portfolios 
  • Essays.

On successfully completing this programme, you'll be well equipped for careers in, for example, research, journalism or publishing. You will also gain broad skills that could be applied to media or arts administration, related roles in central or local government, or social work.

You may consider postgraduate options leading to drama-related careers, such as acting, teaching, stage management, directing or working as a casting director or agent.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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