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Drama and English Literature, BA Hons

Join an exciting and challenging Drama & English Literature degree that will help you become a future industry leader. Develop the skills for Creative Arts, Performing Arts or literary careers.

On our innovative Drama and English Literature degree, you'll be taught by world-leading academics and theatre practitioners. You spend half of your time at the Bathway Theatre - a specialist drama facility with six studios and a flexible theatre space - and half at Greenwich Maritime campus.

As part of this course, you'll study literature, visual narratives, fiction and poetry. You can hone your performance skills through large-scale public productions and create your own Theatre Company in the final year.

Our 4-year 'sandwich' mode includes a professional practice year where you can work with one of our industry partners or study abroad in the USA.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

QW43 G BA/DrEng

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Campus

Greenwich

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • Enjoy regular field trips to theatre and arts venues in London as part of your learning.
  • Drama modules combine live performance and theory, developing your skills in performing, theatre making and public speaking.
  • English literature modules interpret the historical, social and cultural contexts in each text, including drama, visual narratives and fiction.
  • Connect and learn from industry professional throughout the degree.
  • Get the chance to perform, direct or produce a show at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe. We take student-led productions every summer!

Studying BA H Drama at the University of Greenwich has been a truly rewarding experience as I have had the opportunity to work in a creative and welcoming environment. The staff are both passionate and supportive and have inspired me to continue working in the arts after I graduate.

- Cora Mason, BA Hons Drama Graduate

Drama and English Literature, BA Hons


What you will study

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About the course team

Staff are all creative practitioners and/or scholars involved in original research projects. You will be taught by an experienced team in a supportive environment. Staff connect with other artists and academics through the Bathway Theatre Network. Partners include Greenwich Theatre, Protein Dance Theatre, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre (GLYPT), and a variety of professional theatre companies, writers and performers.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

If you are

For entry, you require the following:

  • 104 UCAS points, including 3 A-levels at grades BCC.
  • GCSEs in English (language or literature) and mathematics at grade C / 4 or above.

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.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

  • Promising applications will be invited to participate in an audition workshop. 
  • We welcome applications from mature students.
  • International students will be interviewed by phone or Skype.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary to suit the type of activity. Workshops will normally hold around 25 people, whereas lectures may be larger.

You will be put in to smaller groups for particular assessment tasks, projects and performances.

Where you will learn

  • Half of your lessons are taught at the Bathway Theatre site in Woolwich.
  • Half are taught at our Greenwich Campus.

Independent learning

Drama and English Literature requires both independent study and a large amount of group work. Outside of timetabled sessions, you are expected to carry out practical and theoretical research, undertake set reading, and work in small groups towards assessments, performances, and presentations. 

You can reserve studio space at Bathway for this and use the computers and other technical resources on site, plus our Stockwell Street library in Greenwich.

In addition, during the week you can also:

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. Each 30-credit module should take 300 hours in total including staff contact time. 15-credits need 150 hours.

Learning to work independently and as part of a creative project team makes our graduates highly desirable employees, whether they pursue careers in theatre or in other fields.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

You are assessed on at least 60% practical work and we aim to give feedback on all assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

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Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Resources: You will need comfortable clothing for practical modules. You will also need to buy a limited number of texts for your studies. Many other texts and resources are available from our Stockwell Street Library.

Trips: Drama students typically attend 3-4 theatre trips per year (typically in/around London). We subsidise these so you only pay half the ticket cost.

Transport: A free bus service operates between the Greenwich, Avery Hill and Bathway Theatre in Woolwich. Those living elsewhere will have transport costs to and from Woolwich.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

In the 3rd year, if you are a student on the Sandwich mode, you can do a one-year full-time Industry Internship between your second and final years. Should you choose to take this option you retain your student status and have full support from the university and your tutors as normal. Students on the Sandwich mode can also use this 3rd year to work towards the Professional Practice diploma which, if passed successfully, you will be awarded alongside your degree upon graduation.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placements, though we will support you through the application process. We have a number of industry partners who we regularly work with on student placement should you wish to work with them.

How long is my placement?

Industry Internships must last for a minimum of 36 weeks full-time, though they can be as long as 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, the Industry Internships are full-time positions and can be paid at the hosts discretion. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers as creative leaders in a wide range of industries and jobs. Many graduates pursue careers in theatre and performance, the creative industries or arts administration. You may also consider roles in research, journalism, publishing, or local government.

Are internships available?

Yes, we work with a number of industry partners who offer 1-year full-time internships to Sandwich mode students as part of the 3rd year of the degree.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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