BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature

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Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Department of Performing Arts
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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  • Learn to create, collaborate and reflect critically on historical and contemporary theatre practices;
  • Immerse yourself in literature covering a range of periods, topics and genres;
  • Develop a key set of communication skills and gain a unique cultural insight by studying both performance and literature.

Combining the study of Drama and English Literature, this degree enables you to experience a thorough and broad-based education for the drama and theatre maker of the future while also seeking inspiration from literature, from classic to contemporary works. The programme balances practical creativity with technique enhancement and dramatic theory alongside an introduction to a range of theoretical and critical approaches to literature. If you are passionate about embracing the written word on the page and expressing yourself through acting, directing, writing or applied drama, this degree will develop your artistic skills and vision in professional theatre spaces while also harnessing your love of language to explore the ideas that lie behind literature in all its forms and investigate the impact of literature on societies.

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    My BA (Hons) in Drama and English Literature is a combined honours degree which has allowed me to make lots of friends from different courses and get to know a lot about the University.
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In Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will acquire a foundation knowledge of the art of the actor and of staging play-texts and you will develop the practical techniques and skills expected of a reflective drama and theatre practitioner. You will also be introduced to a range of methodological, critical and theoretical approaches to reading literature, as well as historical and generic perspectives.

Year 2 enhances your knowledge and understanding of key practitioners and movements in drama in the modern era, engaging you with important ideas about the history, politics and culture of modern drama, while continuing to enhance your practical performance skills and theatrical awareness through production work. You will have a choice of English Literature modules which reflect particular staff interests and research specialisms and focus on areas including Renaissance drama, Romanticism and Restoration era poetry and prose, children’s literature and the contemporary graphic novel.

In Year 3 you will advance your knowledge and understanding of contemporary dramatic and theatrical practice. You will explore contemporary theatre ensembles, create your own theatre manifesto, and engage in the making of a drama dissertation project. Advancing your knowledge of Victorian literature, the Modernist and contemporary periods, further specialism is possible with an additional selection of English Literature modules.

How will I study?

Performing Arts modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshop classes, production projects, independent ensemble work and personal research. This will equip you with critical and creative skills which will be of use in a wide range of future careers. Alongside your study programme, you will engage in careers sessions, prepare practice CVs for employment, and be supported by dedicated sessions in personal development planning.

Tutorials and workshops provide an opportunity to study a wide range of plays and to interrogate ideas in the history, theory and practice of drama and theatre. Full-scale production courses provide the opportunity to develop your practical skills and test your knowledge and understanding of live theatre in front of audiences in fully-equipped professional theatre spaces.

Teaching and learning for English Literature modules includes lectures and seminars, workshops, group activities, independent research and our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). As well as module and seminar tutors, personal tutors and year tutors will support you through your studies.

How will I be assessed?

Drama modules are assessed through a mixture of practical and written work including essays, portfolios, seminar presentations, workshop performances, full-scale productions and vivas. You will be required to reflect on your learning in each assessment and summarise your development regularly.

Assessment of English Literature modules involves a variety of coursework with emphasis placed on work produced in your own time or formally presented in class. Typically, you can expect to be assessed on essays, short analyses, reports and close readings, oral presentations and group work.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

In Drama, 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.

Our dedicated and enthusiastic team of English Literature tutors are active in research in all taught subject areas, publishing books and articles on a regular basis. Several have been successful in winning national research awards from bodies such as the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Leverhulme Trust.

A Great Study Environment


Students sit outside the Studio Theatre in the Department of Performing Arts, while other students behind them enter the theatre.

Performing Arts students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities. The £7million redeveloped Arts Centre houses the University’s Performing Arts Department in addition to the Rose and Studio Theatres.

The department’s 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 Performing Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.

English Literature

Students chat while participating in a seminar.The Department of English, History and Creative Writing is based in the Main Building at the centre of the campus, near the £26m Catalyst building which includes the University library.

A prime example of 1930s architecture, the Main Building has undergone extensive refurbishment to combine a traditional setting with modern facilities, including the £15m Student Hub.

The building includes lecture theatres, seminar and tutorial rooms, which are ideal for group discussions and one-to-one tuition, as well as IT resources and social learning spaces.


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Year 1

DRA1103Introducing the Art of the Actor: Text, Voice, Chorus (20 credits)

Introducing the Art of the Actor: Text, Voice, Chorus is an introductory practical exploration of the art of the theatre actor in a number of different historical and cultural contexts, ranging from ancient times to the dawn of the modern age of drama. The module provides a creative environment in which your own performance awareness of the art of the actor through theatre history can be developed.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

DRA1104Staging the Play: Text into Action (20 credits)

Staging the Play: Text into Action provides a performance laboratory environment in which you will experience the creation of small-scale practical production projects, transforming play-texts into dramatic action, and culminating in the presentation of performance texts to an audience. You will explore traditional and innovative approaches to rehearsal and theatrical performance, enhance your improvisational, rehearsal and performance techniques, and collaborate as part of a creative group. Through the practice of making theatre, your theoretical understanding of dramatic performance will be broadened and changed and your awareness of the processes that turn text into action will be developed.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

LIT1020Ways of Reading (20 credits)

Ways of Reading provides an overview of the skills and approaches necessary for the interpretation and evaluation of poetry, prose and drama. You will be introduced to a range of influential critical theories to literary texts from the early and mid 20th century. The module also encourages you to make practical applications of these approaches to the primary literary texts.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT1021Critical Theories (20 credits)

Critical Theories is based around the study of critical essays which have had a lasting impact on literary studies. The module introduces you to significant and contemporaneous ideas in literary criticism which scholars still implement in the 21st century. The content of the module has been selected to highlight the difference in literary studies between reading for understanding and interpretive readings.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT1024Literary History (20 credits)

Literary History introduces the development of English Literature. Beginning with the classical and biblical background which inspired examples of English Literature, the module will first focus upon international literature(which might include, but is not limited to, books of the Bible, classical epic and drama, and significant poetry and prose. You will then turn to the development of English literature from early examples to the eighteenth century/Romantic period, such as Old and Middle English, Renaissance drama, and significant poetry and prose.

Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

You will select one of the following modules:

DRA1101Drama, Theatre and the Idea of the Play: Concepts, Cultures, Contexts (20 credits)

Drama, Theatre and the Idea of the Play: Concepts, Cultures, Contexts provides different learning environments in which you will begin your essential theoretical and historical study of drama. You will focus broadly upon the rise of Western European practices but draw on contextual examples and theoretical perspectives from around the world. The module defines fundamental concepts, examines theoretical perspectives and explores diverse practices in the field of drama, subjecting each to critical scrutiny. The module addresses, at an introductory level, the challenge of dramatic theory and its impact on our understanding of practice, seeking preliminary answers to some fundamental questions: What is drama? How did it originate and develop? How does it work? What is it for? Why do we need it? The module focuses especially on the nature and evolution of dramatic form, confronting the range of dramatic genres and styles as they appear in both historical and contemporary examples of the dramatic text.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

DRA1106Drama Technique Workshops 1: Basic Practical Skills Development (20 credits)

Drama Technique Workshops 1: Basic Practical Skills Development enhances your skills as a reflective practitioner in practical workshop environments. The module will focus on the foundation development of your acting technique and theatrical awareness. Integrating practice and theory, the module combines practical exercises with discussion, debate and research based tasks.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either DRA1101 Drama, Theatre and the Idea of the Play: Concepts, Cultures, Contexts, DRA1106 Drama Technique Workshops 1: Basic Practical Skills Development or LIT1024 Literary History.

Year 2

DRA2102Modern Theatre Practitioners: Principles, Practices, Purposes (20 credits)

Modern Theatre Practitioners: Principles, Practices, Purposes focuses principally on Western drama to examine the role played by key theatre practitioners in the developmental story of drama in the modern period (from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century). You will explore the ideas, aims, beliefs and strategies of key practitioners and interrogate the principles, practices and purposes at the heart of their work.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

DRA2104The Making of Modern Theatre: Staging Classic Modern Plays (20 credits)

The Making of Modern Theatre: Staging Classic Modern Plays examines approaches to theatre production in the modern era. Focusing on key theatre practitioners in the history of Western modern drama, the module provides the opportunity for you to present work, as part of an ensemble, to an audience where the piece is informed stylistically by your study of modern practitioners’ ideas about acting, training, directing and the art of theatre production.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

DRA2101The Modern Age of Drama: Forms, Movements, Modernity (20 credits)

The Modern Age of Drama: Forms, Movements, Modernity focuses principally on Western drama and examines the development of the idea of the play in the social and historical context of the modern age (from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century). The module also investigates the position and role of drama within the diverse artistic movements arising in the period, and interrogates forms, movements and manifestos in order to find out what the dramatists of the modern era stood for, what purposes they believed the art of the modern theatre served, and what creative processes they went through in making work that spoke to and about modernity. The aim is to focus your critical and theoretical engagement on modern ideas about the play as a form, process and purposeful activity.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

DRA2105Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development (20 credits)

Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development examines the histories of performance interventions in local and global contexts and explores critically, using historical and contemporary case studies, the consequences and meanings of those interventions. There will also be opportunities for observation and practical experience of group creative projects. The module provides an essential introduction to creating performances and facilitating workshops in response to the identified needs of a specific community, a particular community grouping. You will experience and interrogate theatre practice in diverse cultural, social and political contexts as you focus on theatre making that takes place in a range of settings.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

DRA2106Drama Technique Workshops 2: Advanced Practical Skills Development (20 credits)

Drama Technique Workshops 2: Advanced Practical Skills Development enables you to enhance your skills as a reflective practitioner in a performance laboratory learning environment. You will focus on the advanced development of your acting technique and theatrical awareness in the context of the drama of the modern period. Integrating practice and theory, the module combines practical exercises with discussion, debate and research based tasks.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

DRA2107The Art and Craft of the Playwright (20 credits)

The Art and Craft of the Playwright is a practical and theoretical interrogation of the historical and cultural significance of the playwright, in addition to the idea of the play-text. The module provides you with a developed level of practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of the idea of the play. You will learn about the art of the playwright, subject that art to close analysis, and put your learning into practice. Investigating the historical and contemporary role of the writer in the context of live performance, the module will enhance your appreciation of what the scripted play does and how its elements function in the theatre, informing your own critical interpretations and supporting your individual creative attempts to grapple with the making of a play-text.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select three of the following modules:

LIT2041Literature Dissertation Project (20 credits)

Literature Dissertation Project provides an opportunity to study a topic of your choice in depth and develop your own ideas through individual research, culminating in the production of a 5,000-word long essay or ‘mini-dissertation’. The topic may develop a particular, pre-established interest or arise from a desire to study an issue or subject in more depth.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT2046Pilgrims Progress: British Children's Literature from the 18th Century to the Present Day (20 credits)

Pilgrims Progress: British Children’s Literature from the 18th Century to the Present Day explores British children’s literature from its origins in the eighteenth century. The module progresses through the Romantic period’s celebration of childhood and Victorian ambiguities about the angelic versus the feral child, to the Golden Age of the Edwardian period and beyond into territory darkened by war, overshadowed by the implications of empire, and the oncoming of adolescence. The module will analyse the relationships between children and adults, nature, animals, class, gender, race and sexuality, underpinned by theoretical and methodological approaches to the history and representation of childhood in literature.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT2048Renaissance Drama (20 credits)

Renaissance Drama explores the drama of the English Renaissance, a period of extraordinary civil and cultural change. The module evaluates the dramatic literary output of the reigns of up to ten monarchs beginning with the Tudors.  The diversity of Renaissance drama will be acknowledged and the period problematised as much as it is defined. You will explore canonical and non-canonical drama by male and female authors. Central themes and concepts under study may include monarchy, rebellion, class, nationalism, religion, heresy, superstition, witchcraft, gender and sexuality, power and self-fashioning.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT2050Romanticism (20 credits)

Romanticism provides an introduction to texts, authors, genres and central themes from the first stirrings of what has been traditionally conceived of as the Romantic age in the 1760s, until the dawn of the Victorian age seventy years later. Poetry, the prose essay and the novel are all studied on this module.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT2051Special Author 1 (20 credits)

Special Author 1 focuses on a single author (such as Hardy or Dickens) or a related group of authors (such as the Brontës) whose works are sufficiently extensive to merit a whole semester’s study. You will examine the author’s work in the light of recent critical and theoretical approaches to authorship and canonicity and develop an ability to theorise the relationship between an author and his/her literary work. You will acquire a specialist knowledge of a literary period and a major writer through examination of the author’s development in relation to relevant historical, cultural and literary contexts.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

LIT2057Contemporary American Literature (20 credits)

Contemporary American Literature enables you to study a range of significant contemporary American literature from post World War 2 onwards. The module enables you to examine a variety of ways in which America is imagined and constructed within fiction. You will explore how persistent figures, landscapes, and mythic concepts are engrained in American culture and embedded in the wider world’s imagination. Such concepts retain imaginative power because of frequent re-enactments in popular cultural productions. This module will trace the complex histories and fictional appropriations and discursive shifts that form these literary productions. The aim is to concentrate specific study on American fiction within its historical, social, cultural, political, critical and theoretical contexts.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT2059Special Topic 1 (20 credits)

Special Topic 1 enables you to begin to develop your independent research skills within a structure which provides a clear and continuing framework of support. The module will take you through weekly subject-based sessions to structured study of your chosen extended special subject research. You will have considerable choice of subject matter within three broad pathways which draw on current staff research specialisms. You will work towards producing a guided but independent research project, with specialist staff support.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

WRI2019The Graphic Novel (20 credits)

The Graphic Novel acts as an introduction to the contemporary graphic novel, examining the cultural and political impact of some key examples of the form. You will be encouraged to read these works as a writer, examining the elements of character development, structure, and use of research and developing those with specific reference to the demands and opportunities available in the graphic novel format. The module is both critical and creative. You will study examples of draft scripts for graphic novels, with your final assessment being a mock script for a proposed graphic novel, replete with artistic direction. There will be at least one visiting graphic novelist due to give a talk as part of the module and one visiting collaborative artist.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional English Literature modules above.

Year 3

DRA3102The Contemporary Ensemble: Theatre Manifestos (20 credits)

The Contemporary Ensemble: Theatre Manifestos examines exemplary theatre companies from the 1960s to the present, exploring different ideas and strategies regarding contemporary ensemble practice. The module is designed to be an inspiring examination of the work of some of the key ensembles in the contemporary field of theatre. You will investigate the aims, principles and styles of performance of these ensembles and apply this insight to form a creative, imaginative vision of contemporary company practice.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PAR3104Dissertation (20 credits)

Dissertation provides the opportunity for you to undertake an independent investigation of an identified area of interest within relevant fields of current practice. You will identify areas of inquiry according to your own interests and strengths, and negotiate the parameters for independent study with your appointed supervisor. You will apply your research to the creation of a dissertation, which may take the form of a performance, creative, applied or written project.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

DRA3101Researching Contemporary Drama: Theatre and Postmodernity (20 credits)

Researching Contemporary Drama: Theatre and Postmodernity advances your specialised knowledge and understanding of dramatic theory and dramatic practice, with particular emphasis on developments in the art of the theatre from the 1960s onwards. The module is an intellectually challenging exploration of the work of some of the key practitioners and companies in the contemporary field of dramatic theory and practice, tracing some of the paths and directions that theatre is taking today.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

DRA3104Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics (20 credits)

Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics explores a range of different types of dramatic text and theatrical experience linked to the fundamental themes of gender and sexual politics.  The module interrogates themes of gender and sexual politics and examines the ways in which playwrights and practitioners have sought to use theatre as a forum to challenge gender roles and sexual ideology.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

DRA3105Theatre of War: Ideological Conflict and Political Commitment in Drama (20 credits)

Theatre of War: Ideological Conflict and Political Commitment in Drama explores a range of different types of dramatic text and theatrical experience linked by the fundamental theme of war. The module examines ways in which playwrights spanning the history of world theatre have sought to dramatise ideological conflict, political commitment, ideas about nation, and responses to colonialism and imperialism. The social, political and ethical roles and responsibilities of the playwrights who respond to war through the making of play-texts will also be debated.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

DRA3107On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds (20 credits)

On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds enables you to experience and interrogate interventionist theatre practice in diverse cultural, social and political contexts. Working as part of a group, you will have the opportunity to plan, create and implement a company-based practical project. This will involve all aspects of conceptualising, forming a sustaining an interventionist theatre company. You will generate an original company profile and devise a clear company purpose and intent. From applying for funding, through to project completion and evaluation, you will design and implement placement-based events which explicitly address the needs of an agreed target audience or client group.  Viable creative and administrative structures will also need to be established.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

DRA3108Event Planning and Management (20 credits)

Event Planning and Management enables you to develop key vocational skills and understanding in the areas of event management, project design and business planning. These key themes of the module will be placed in the wider context of arts management and arts funding. You will explore and examine all that is involved in the professional planning and management of events in the field of the performing arts. The module also examines the practical strategies which make creative concepts succeed. You will work through speculative creative ideas and proposals, and consider the ways in which creativity can be facilitated through appropriate and comprehensive planning and management. This will ultimately enable you to put the theory of event planning and management into practice.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

You will select three of the following modules:

LIT3040The Victorians At Work (20 credits)

The Victorians At Work recognises that Victorians saw literature as a form of social commentary. This period survey module explores Victorian prose and poetry that addressed the pressing social and cultural questions of the period, such as the impacts of industrialisation, urbanisation, scientific advance and secularisation. You will examine the work of a range of canonical and popular Victorian authors and place their writing in the relevant literary, cultural and historical contexts.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT3042Modernisms (20 credits)

Modernisms develops your understanding and appreciation of the key features of early 20th century movements in the literary arts. The module will examine a range of different forms, styles and practices in order to focus on the heterogeneous interpretations of the term modernism and engage with ongoing debates in modernist studies.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT3043Contemporary Literature in English (20 credits)

Contemporary Literature in English develops your understanding and appreciation of the key features of late 20th century and early 21st century movements in the literary arts. The module examines aesthetic paradigms relevant to the period including realism, the postmodern, late modernism and metafiction. The aim is to understand the continuations and reactions to the earlier Modernist period.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT3045Hosting a Literary Festival (20 credits)

Hosting a Literary Festival enables you to make a direct connection between the subject matter of your degree and your plans for a graduate career by engaging with workplace practice via a group project. You will work collaboratively to research, plan and initiate an in-house literary festival while reflecting on and evaluating your ability to do so.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LIT3049Special Author 2 (20 credits)

Special Author 2 focuses on a single author (such as Christopher Marlowe, Jane Austen or Angela Carter) or related group of authors (such as the Brontës) whose works are sufficiently extensive to justify a whole semester’s study. The module will examine the author’s work in the light of recent critical and theoretical approaches to authorship and canonicity, and develop an ability to theorise the relationship between an author and his or her literary work. You will acquire a specialist knowledge of a literary period and a major writer through examination of the author’s development in relation to relevant historical, cultural and literary contexts.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LIT3050Sexuality and Subversion (20 credits)

Sexuality and Subversion is devoted to the critical analysis of textual representations of sexuality and especially of same-sex desire and sexual dissidence in British prose. The module focuses mainly on the novel, but also on key autobiographical prose texts, from the 19th century to now (with particular focus on the 20th century). It problematises perceptions that sexual radicalism originated in the late 20th century by interrogating its earlier textual representation(s). Texts, their contexts, and relevant literary and cultural theories combine to reveal the changes and continuities in the textual representation of subversive and dissident sexualities and sexual identities over time.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

LIT3054Special Topic 2 (20 credits)

Special Topic 2 enables you to pursue independent research within a structure which provides a clear framework of support. The module will take you through weekly subject-based sessions to more independent study of your chosen extended special subject research. You will have considerable choice of subject matter within three broad pathways which draw on current staff research specialisms. You will work towards producing a significant independent research project, with specialist staff support.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

WRI3020The Writer at Work (20 credits)

The Writer at Work places creative practice within its cultural and industry context through a detailed case study. focusing on the career of a significant 21st century author, who may be working in a single literary genre or across several, including script, fiction, poetry, non-fiction or electronic media. Examples might include Alice Munro, Alasdair Gray, Caryl Churchil, Iain Sinclair. You are able to study a writer’s body of work in greater depth than is usual at this level, while also gaining insights into the author’s creative and professional practice in relation to the creative industries.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional Drama modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.


Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Drama, Performing Arts or Theatre Studies. Other subjects will be considered if you have demonstrable interest or experience in drama. A Level English or equivalent is also preferred.

Relevant experience will be taken into account and all offers are made on the basis of an audition workshop.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • 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.

As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

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 lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Typical careers for Drama graduates include working in the theatre/performance industry, working with professional companies, teaching (further training required), media, community or social work, theatre administration, community arts, and business. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study or research in Drama.

Typical careers for English Literature graduates include teaching (further training required), speech therapy, library work, media, journalism, arts administration, publishing, public and voluntary sectors, and managerial work. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study or research in English Literature.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at

Visit to find out more about the application process.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

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

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit or email with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

11th March 2019 - New Modules Added

LIT2051 Special Author 1 (20 credits) and LIT2057 Contemporary American Literature (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2.

22nd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

16th January 2019 - Change of Modules

LIT2027 Texts in Motion: Film Adaptation (20 credits) and LIT2040 Renaissance Literature: Self and Society (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 2.

LIT3054 Special Topic 2 (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3. LIT3041 The Victorians at Play (20 credits), LIT3046 Narratives of Nation and Empire (20 credits), LIT3047 Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture (20 credits), LIT3048 Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll: Young Adult Fiction (20 credits) and LIT3051 The Shakespeare Problem (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.

6th February 2018 - Change of Module

LIT1024 Literary History (20 credits) replaces LIT1022 Introduction to Literary Periods and Genres 1 (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 1.