|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
|Full time international tuition fee:||£12,660 per annum|
|Full-time industrial placement year fee:||£1007 per annum*|
*Subject to yearly increases
About your course
As a student on the professionally-accredited BA (Hons) Drama at Liverpool John Moores University you will have extensive opportunities to develop your creative and performance skills using our dedicated drama centre and through our links with leading drama organisations in Liverpool and beyond.
- Opportunities to perform regularly in theatre productions all over Liverpool plus paid or voluntary work placements to improve your employability
- Professional guidance from working practitioners to help you develop your creative skills in acting, stage management, directing, marketing, publicity and many more
- Strong links with local organisations including Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, The Unity Theatre, Hope Street Ltd and the BBC
- Friendly and creative atmosphere in the Joe H Makin Drama Centre and a final year Festival entirely organised and delivered by students
- One of our graduates, Clare Foy is currently playing the lead role in the Netflix hit, 'The Crown'
I was bitten by the directing bug and the third year modules gave me the skills required to see how all aspects of a production are run. Being responsible for everything was a real tester and a real insight in to the world, which was worthwhile and thoroughly enjoyable.
Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience
Work-related learning is vital in preparing you to enter the world of work, and our extensive links with organisations in the local community and beyond mean that you will have plenty of work placement options to choose from.
This work could be paid or on a voluntary basis and could be within or outside the performing arts industries. It provides an invaluable opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt during the course and gain professional experience that will add real value to your CV.
Other work-related learning opportunities could include specialist advice and practical classes in audition and interview technique, or study and research into other areas of work such as teaching, administration and marketing.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support
If you decide to join the Drama programme, you will become part of a lively and creative group of individuals who value teamwork and peer support. Your tutors’ ‘open door’ policy means you can seek help and guidance at any time and you will also be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic progress and deal with any concerns that you might have throughout your time at LJMU.
You will study the theory, history and social significance of drama and have lots of opportunities to create and perform in theatre productions in our drama studio and all over the city. On top of this you will acquire practical skills in stage management and direction.
For millennia, groups of people from all corners of the earth and from all cultures have got together to watch other people act out stories. Performing drama takes us to places through characters so far from ourselves that it helps us learn about ourselves and what makes us tick.
There are few better places to study drama than Liverpool, a city with many theatres and a rich tradition of producing some of the country’s best-known playwrights. Thanks for LJMU’s links with many local drama organisations and TV companies, you will have a wide choice of work placement opportunities open to you, as well as being able to collaborate on some creative projects.
Our partners include:
- the Unity Theatre
- Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse
- Off the Ground Theatre
- Spike Theatre
- The Royal Court
- Lime Productions
- LA Productions
- ITV Granada
- Tmesis Theatre
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Theatre Cultures
- Spontaneous Theatre
- Theatre: The Big Ideas
- Acting the Text
- Collaborative Playmaking
- Acting Skills
- The Drama Specialist
- Creating Theatre
- Page to Stage
- Reading the Play
- Performance: The Big Ideas
- Options in Practice
- Drama at Work
- Drama Reflection
- Directing the Play
- Drama Festival
- Researching Drama
- Festival Planning
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.Programme specification document (PDF)
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
Teaching is delivered via a combination of practical and workshop classes, lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. Private study and research is an important aspect of degree-level study and so you will be expected to spend about 40% of your time working independently, when preparing an essay or seminar paper.
Expert tuition and support
Your tutors have professional theatre experience in acting, directing and script writing, and/or significant research and academic experience. The retention rate on this course is high, which is testament to the skill and dedication of our staff team. This means you will be taught by an inspirational team who actively promote the sharing of creative performance work.
The idea is that you and your fellow students learn from each other and develop the multi-disciplinary strategies for independent work which are so vital in these fields of creativity. You will also have the chance to attend lectures and get a taste for all aspects of the performing arts through our accomplished visitors, who regularly offer specialist lectures on the courses.
Assessment and feedback
This degree is 60% practical and 40% theory and this is reflected in the different assessments used for each module.
Practical assessments could be in the form of presentations (performing in or directing a show, for example), painting a set or designing lights or costumes, writing a script, managing a production, or performing a stand-up set.
Theoretical assessments could be exams, essays, seminar presentations, class tests, viva voces and portfolio work. Constructive feedback is always useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work, and this is provided either online, in writing or at a one-to-one meeting with your tutor. We also utilise self and peer assessment to further enhance the quality of our assessment and feedback.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
All applicants should possess the following essential qualities:
- Evidence of an enthusiastic and sustained interest in Drama.
- Good performance skills: vocal, physical and intellectual.
- Time management, as you will have to work to show deadlines on a regular basis.
- Flexibility: we often rehearse and perform in the evenings and at weekends.
These qualities will be assessed through an interview and an audition after having initially been assessed from your UCAS application. Your initial UCAS application will inform our decision on whether to offer you an interview and audition, but will by no means wholly inform our decision on whether to offer you a place to study Drama or not. Therefore, any information that you can give on your UCAS form which allows us to get a sense of how well you manage your time, how engaged you are with external activities and how proactive you have been in seeking out interesting challenges (of all sorts!) and creative engagements would be very useful as they will inform the above-mentioned essential criteria.
Drama Interview and Audition Criteria
We always ask applicants to audition and interview with us. There are two practical audition requirements: the Solo audition and the Workshop audition. There is also a Seminar interview to assess academic skills. Here’s what we’ll be looking for:
Solo Audition - we'll be looking for:
- Vocal presence: How well you deliver your piece and what light, shade and emphasis you sustain.
- Interpretation: How well you create the character, deliver the role and interpret the text and its meaning.
- Performance: How effectively you "hold" your audience. You should exhibit confidence, clarity and vitality.
Workshop Audition - we'll be looking for:
- Ensemble skills: How well you work with other people in a group - are you co-operative and proactive?
- Creativity: What creative qualities did you bring to the group? Did you generate ideas and suggestions?
Seminar Interview - we'll be looking for:
- Presence: How well you listened to others and made rational and supportive contributions.
- Critical ability: How well you knew your subject area.
- Academic potential: Do your grades or predictions marry with your performance when discussing Theatre
- Commitment: What evidence did you supply to show that you are keen to study at LJMU.
Further information about the drama audition and interview process can be found at: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/applicant-login/interviews-auditions-and-aptitude-tests/faculty-of-arts-professional-and-social-studies
GCSE and equivalents
- •Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: Not applicable
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: BCC
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D from a relevant subject area if no other Level 3 qualifications are taken
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM required from a relevant subject if no other Level 3 qualifications are taken
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS Points including 5 Highers
Additional entry requirement information
Applications are welcomed from mature or non standard applicants. These students should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview and audition.
International Applicants: We welcome overseas applicants, who will be considered in line with normal entry requirements.
Before an offer is made, promising applicants are selected and must attend for interview, workshop and solo audition. Candidates receive written feedback. Video/DVD auditions will be accepted from overseas candidates.IELTS
6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Finance and fees
Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.
The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.
If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.
Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.
As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.
For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.
The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.
Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance
Paying back your student loans
Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.
The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.
This BA (Hons) Drama degree equips you with key transferable skills in performance, presentation and interpersonal communication - all of which are highly valued by employers.
Not only could you be destined for a career as an actor, director or stage manager in theatre or related arts organisations, you could also move into areas such as arts administration, television production, the law, museum and gallery work, journalism, freelance writing and criticism as well as teaching.
We are a practice-orientated course with a very successful retention rate and all members of staff have either professional theatre experience (in areas such as acting, directing and script writing) or significant research and academic experience.
The presentation of theatre in all its varied forms is one of our driving aims and we do a lot of productions. We want you to become the next generation of theatre-makers.
One recent graduate became the Chief Executive of the National Youth Theatre, another is Clare Foy, an actor who has regular lead parts on TV. Most notably, Clare is currently playing the lead role in the Netflix hit, 'The Crown', and previously played the lead in BBC's 'Little Dorrit', BBC's 'Wolf Hall', Channel 4's 'The Promise' and Sky's 'Going Postal'. She also completed 'Season of the Witch' with Nicolas Cage. Another student played Hamlet for the RSC and other alumni are successful actors, playwrights and directors at venues such as the National Theatre, The Traverse Theatre and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse as well as marketing consultants, community workers and arts officers.
Our courses are integrated with the University’s innovative World of Work Programme and we have substantial links with drama organisations in the local community and beyond. These links will allow you to pursue interesting work-based learning opportunities within and beyond the performing arts industries.
Alongside other work-related learning opportunities we offer specialist advice and practical classes in audition and interview techniques, as well as the chance to investigate other industries through study and research.
Professional accreditation / links
The Drama BA (Hons) programme at LJMU has been awarded the new Quality Mark of Recognition status by Drama UK, the organisation which champions quality drama training in the UK. This Recognition award from Drama UK was awarded as part of their pilot programme for the new level of Quality Assurance mark, piloted with the support of Creative Skillset.
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.
Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.
For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.
International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes
LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.
When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).
LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes