Drama BA (Hons)
UCAS code: W402
Act. Create. Produce. Find your voice as a student of drama as part of our creative community. Probe the social and political impact of theatre and performance in the 21st century. We’ll develop your performance skills and help you discover the many opportunities presented by a life in the creative industries.
What is drama? Why do we need it? You’ll challenge the meaning of popular entertainment and engage in artistic debate on our drama degree.
Live performance is central to our ethos. We’ll encourage you to develop your artistic skills and vision in the theatres and studios of our Arts Centre. Join workshops with professional directors and companies. Try new techniques for acting, improvisation, rehearsal and performance as you collaborate on stage. Explore the process of making socially-engaged theatre and performance both with and for specific audiences and communities.
Interrogate plays across time and culture to answer questions on the origins, development and value of drama. You’ll examine the work of key ensembles in traditional and contemporary theatre, before creating dynamic group productions. And you’ll also have opportunities to push yourself further with our staff- and student-led drama groups.
We want you to feel supported during your drama degree. Our team of experienced actors, playwrights, directors and theatre technicians will work with you as you grow. Together, we’ll connect theory to practice so you graduate as a practitioner with a deep understanding of your profession and real experience of live performance.
Learn a language option available
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
What you'll study
In Year 1 of your BA (Hons) Drama degree, you’ll look at acting, how theatre gets made and how textual interpretation impacts dramatic messaging. See modern and historical productions from around the world through a critical lens. Explore dramatic theory and innovative approaches in a performance laboratory environment. Our drama technique workshops will give you a reflective space to put ideas into practice and find your voice.
Module code: DRA1301
Module code: DRA1300
Destabilising the Canon
Module code: DRA1302
Devising and Dramaturgy
Module code: DRA1303
Module code: PAR1300
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Applied, Community and Outreach Practice 1
Module code: PAR1301
Introduction to Scriptwriting
Module code: WRI1020
Module code: TLC1010
Explore ideas around the play as a form, process and purposeful activity. Examine what drove key historical figures in theatre, and study the range of artistic movements developed during drama’s modern age. Learn how different actors and directors rehearse together. Then use your findings to create and present work as an ensemble. Choose to focus on performance interventions, dive into dramatic technique, or investigate the role of the actor and director.
Acting: Genres and Styles
Module code: DRA2300
Devising and Dramaturgy: Site
Module code: DRA2301
Staging the Play
Module code: DRA2302
Performance Contexts 2
Module code: PAR2300
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Applied, Community and Outreach Practice 2
Module code: PAR2301
Digital Performance: Voice
Module code: DRA2303
The Art of Scriptwriting
Module code: WRI2025
Module code: TLC2000
What values, practices and ideas sustain the current theatre and performance scenes? Examine contemporary performers, theatre-makers and performance companies and develop your own informed view. Take an active part in creating your own ensemble productions. Understand practice-based research. Then refine your path with additional optional modules. Dig into acting or delve into screenwriting. Experiment with interventionist theatre or question political themes on stage. In Year 3, you’ll build the skills and confidence you need to launch your artistic career.
Creative Entrepreneurship: Production and Touring
Module code: PAR3303
Module code: PAR3302
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Module code: DRA3300
Devising and Dramaturgy: Artivism
Module code: DRA3301
Digital Performance: Physicality
Module code: DRA3302
Performance, Gender and Sexual Politics
Module code: DRA3303
Module code: PAR3301
The Art of Screenwriting
Module code: WRI3012
Module code: TLC3000
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
Through formal lectures and seminars, practical workshop classes, production projects, independent ensemble work and personal research, you will acquire critical and creative skills which will be of use in your future career. Alongside your study programme, you will develop the graduate skills you need for employment.
Our lectures include workshops, tutorials and seminars which provide an opportunity to study a wide range of plays and to interrogate ideas in the history, theory and practice of drama and theatre. Some modules include placements alongside taught sessions.
Through our broad range of modules focusing on acting and live performance you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills in a variety of performance contexts, including in our fully-equipped professional theatre spaces.
How you'll be assessed
Assessment is through a balanced mixture of practical and written work including essays, reflective journals, workshop performances, full productions and oral presentations. Practical work and research go hand-in-hand and all good practice is informed by sound theoretical investigation. In assessment, you can expect to be tested on your practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding. You will be encouraged to reflect critically on your learning and use a range of tools, including journals, to reflect on your personal development.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this degree.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by a dedicated team of academic specialists and professionally-experienced practitioners and benefit from a wide range of learning experiences.
Learning is driven by the principle of research-informed teaching and supported by a team of technicians.
Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
Relevant experience will be taken into account and all offers are made on the basis of an audition.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities in the £7million Arts Centre which is also home to the Rose and Studio Theatres.
The Department of English and Creative Arts’ outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully equipped aerial performance space.
The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high-quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement English and Creative Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.
Where you'll study
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
A drama degree develops specialist and transferable skills, so you’ll have lots of exciting career options when you graduate. Our EHU-Arts HUB offers professional opportunities to ensure you are industry-ready. If you decide to kickstart your career straight away, you could go for rewarding roles in:
- theatre production
- television production
- drama therapy
- arts administration
- community outreach
Many of our students choose to pursue their passion with freelance careers as actors and directors. Others find alternative paths in the creative industries. You could also start your own performance company. We’re proud to have alumni working at the BBC and York Theatre Royal, as well as an award-winning artistic director of a theatre company.
Edge Hill drama graduates sometimes decide to continue studying or go into teacher training. One of our alumni is now thriving as head of performing arts in a secondary school. Other students have explored a wide variety of roles, including running their own theatre company, embarking on a career in social work, and working as drama therapists.
A drama degree is a great way to explore acting, so if performance is your passion, this is the course for you.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
Change to Entry Requirements - 21 November 2022
Entry requirements updated to remove preferred subjects.
Change of Modules - 6 October 2022
DRA1300 Acting Techniques (20 credits), DRA1301 Acting Fundamentals (20 credits), DRA1302 Destabilising the Canon (20 credits), DRA1303 Devising and Dramaturgy (20 credits) and PAR1300 Performance Contexts replace DRA1101 Drama, Theatre and the Idea of the Play: Concepts, Cultures, Contexts (20 credits), DRA1102 The History of the Actor: Traditions and Styles (20 credits), DRA1103 Introducing the Art of the Actor: Text, Voice, Chorus (20 credits), DRA1104 Staging the Play: Text into Action (20 credits) and DRA1105 Analysing Theatre Productions: Interrogating the Performance Text (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1. PAR1301 Applied Community and Outreach Practice 1 (20 credits) and WRI1020 Introduction to Scriptwriting (20 credits) replace DRA1106 Drama Technique Workshops 1: Basic Practical Skills Development (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 1.
DRA2300 Acting, Genres and Styles (20 credits), DRA2301 Devising and Dramaturgy: Site (20 credits), DRA2302 Staging the Play (20 credits) and PAR2300 replace DRA2101 The Modern Age of Drama: Forms, Movements, Modernity (20 credits), DRA2102 Modern Theatre Practitioners: Principles, Practices, Purposes (20 credits), DRA2103 Modern Rehearsal Strategies: Process Research (20 credits) and DRA2104 The Making of Modern Theatre: Staging Classic Modern Plays (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 2. DRA2303 Digital Performance: Voice (20 credits), PAR2301 Applied, Community and Outreach Practice 2 (20 credits) and WRI2025 The Art of Scriptwriting (20 credits) replace DRA2105 Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development (20 credits), DRA2106 Drama Technique Workshops 2: Advanced Practical Skills Development (20 credits) and DRA2108 The Art of the Actor and Rise of the Director (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 2.
PAR3302 Research Project (40 credits) and PAR3303 Creative Entrepreneurship: Production and Touring (20 credits) replace DRA3102 The Contemporary Ensemble: Theatre Manifestos (20 credits), PAR3101 Researching Performance (20 credits), PAR3103 Ensemble Production Project (20 credits) and PAR3104 Dissertation (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 3. DRA3300 Acting Reconsidered (20 credits), DRA3301 Devising and Dramaturgy: Artivism (20 credits), DRA3302 Digital Performance: Physicality (20 credits), DRA3303 Performance, Gender and Sexual Politics (20 credits), PAR3301 Live Art (20 credits) and WRI3012 The Art of Screenwriting (20 credits) replace DRA3103 Acting and Directing Reconsidered (20 credits), DRA3104 Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics (20 credits), DRA3107 On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds (20 credits) and PFA3107 Contemporary Popular Performance (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 3.
The above changes take effect for September 2023 entry.
Withdrawal of Modules - 17 January 2022
DES2104 Costume for Performance (20 credits), DRA2107 The Art and Craft of the Playwright (20 credits) and DRA2110 The Dramatic Art of Comedy: Making Purposeful Laughter in the Theatre (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 2.
DES3103 Scenographic Costumes (20 credits) and DRA3105 Theatre of War: Ideological Conflict and Political Commitment in Drama (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.
Update to Example Offers - 2 March 2021
Example offers updated to include the Digital Production, Design and Development T Level with an overall grade of Merit.
Change of Modules - 22 January 2021
PAR3101 Researching Performance (20 credits) replaces DRA3101 Researching Contemporary Drama: Theatre and Postmodernity (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 3.