Drama and English - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) Drama and English

Course fees

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

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: QW34

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 80

GCSE EQUIVALENTS ACCEPTED. Applicants required to obtain Grade C in A2 English

About your course

The BA (Hons) Drama and English at Liverpool John Moores University offers you the chance to complete a work placement in the USA plus extensive opportunities to take part in theatre productions across Liverpool.

  • Exciting and unique opportunity to undertake a work placement in the USA
  • Opportunities to perform in theatre productions all over Liverpool
  • Teaching from critically acclaimed writers, directors, actors and academics
  • Extensive range of literary texts studied, from Shakespeare to Fight Club
  • Paid or voluntary work placements to improve your employability

The degree was insightful in that it taught us how to apply the skills we’ve learnt to get work in the professional world.

Recent graduate

The teaching and support I received was outstanding. I think of Liverpool as a city where my mind was opened to new ways of thinking by a unique English course.

Recent graduate

Work-related learning

The programme offers many different ways to prepare you for the world of work, whether putting on your own production, learning about the theatre industry or getting real work experience.

One aim of this course is to develop your confidence, imagination and self-knowledge, together with your skills in communication, expression and teamwork, all of which are highly valued by employers. Work placements are offered at Levels 5 and 6 and include the option to spend at least one month in the USA. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get invaluable work experience in a different culture and could even lead to employment once you graduate.

Past students have worked for the editor of Vogue, an advertising agency and a film company in New York, a Hollywood celebrity magazine, theatres on Broadway, a jazz magazine in New Orleans, an architect’s office in California and theme parks in Florida and New Jersey.

Alternatively, you could opt to do a work placement closer to home. We can support you in finding exciting placements in areas like teaching, the media and creative industries, international development and aid organisations, the tourism and heritage industries and the charity sector.

This experience will give you the chance to try out different career options, enhance your CV and develop your skills so that by the time you graduate, you will be well equipped to negotiate your way around the competitive job market.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

If you decide to study Drama and English at LJMU, you will join a friendly and stimulating environment where you will be encouraged to achieve your full potential in both your studies and your future career plans.

From the moment you join LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout the course. This kind of one-to-one support is particularly useful for discussing course-related issues or concerns you may have during your studies.

You will also receive regular feedback and guidance from your course tutors. We know from surveys that students appreciate this level of support.

Course details

This BA (Hons) degree combines the reading, critical analysis and discussion of significant writing in English with the cultivation of your dramatic talents.

There are few better places to study Drama and English than Liverpool with its many theatres and a rich tradition of producing some of the country’s best-known playwrights. LJMU’s strong links with local drama organisations and television companies mean that there will have a wide choice of work placement opportunities open to you. Our partners include:

  • the Unity Theatre
  • Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse
  • Off the Ground Theatre
  • Spike Theatre
  • Splatterfest
  • Culture Company
  • Ullaloom, Mersey TV
  • BBC
  • ITV Granada
  • Tmesis Theatre

You will be taught by published, performed and performing writers, directors, actors and academics. Literary, theatrical and artistic events take place every day and night of the year, minutes from your rehearsal and workshop rooms.

You will have opportunities to perform but you will also learn to stage manage and direct. You will experience the challenges of group work and be required to produce new plays and perform them to audiences in our own drama centre and in venues all over Liverpool, as well as learning the meaning behind plays and the social significance of drama. You might even have the chance to work on TV or radio drama, perform stand-up comedy or make musical theatre.

The English modules provide an opportunity to explore some of the key ideas of our time through a range of literature, from the ‘classics’ through to more controversial literary themes such as madness, sex and race.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • Acting skills
  • Theatre: the big ideas
  • Collaborative playmaking
  • Reading English
  • Literaryand cultural theory
  • Literature in context: Britain in the 1950s
Level 5
  • Creating theatre
  • Performance: the big ideas
  • The drama specialist
  • Technical theatre
  • Page to stage: reading the play
  • Options in practice
  • Study year abroad
  • Adolescence and writing
  • The author
  • Cultures of childhood
  • International experience
  • International perspectives on literature
  • Further perspectives on theory
  • Modernism and modernity
  • Postcolonial writing: power, art and protest
  • Relating gender: fiction from the nineteenth century to the present
  • Romanticism: revolution, reaction & representation
  • Short cuts: writing in brief
  • Stage worlds: early modern drama and culture
  • The Victorians: realism and sensation
  • American spaces
  • Prison voices: narratives of crime and punishment in the 19th century
  • Working in the USA
  • Imagined maps: space, place, land and time in Irish and Scottish cultural imaginations
  • English work experience
  • English independent study

Level 6
  • Directing the play
  • Drama reflection
  • Planning a festival
  • Drama festival
  • Researching drama
  • Drama at work
  • English dissertation
  • Art and writing
  • Contemporary poetry
  • Feminist fictions: contemporary women's writing and the politics of feminism
  • Genres of travel
  • Forgetting and remembering: slaves, soldiers, strikers
  • 1660s - 1680s: cultural intersections in Restoration England
  • Locating madness
  • English independent
  • Our House: representing domestic space
  • Post-Millennial British Fiction
  • Race in America
  • Representing masculinities
  • Shakespeare
  • Tales of the market: capitalism and critique
  • Terrorism and modern literature
  • Vamps and villains: exploring Gothic Fiction
  • World literature: writing from the periphery
  • Writing Lives: collaborative research project on working-class autobiography
  • Writing the real: contemporary non-fiction
  • Late Modernism
  • Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in contemporary literature and culture
  • Transitions: Identities in the interwar years

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, individual tutorials, peer presentations, film screenings and online discussion groups. Private study and research is an important aspect of degree-level study, and so you will be expected to spend about 40% of your Drama course and 60% of your English course working independently.

Initially you will have approximately six hours of practical work and three hours of theory each week but when you are rehearsing and performing, these hours will increase significantly and include evenings and weekends. On top of this, you will have around six to seven hours of English teaching each week.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

Your Drama tutors have professional theatre experience in acting, directing and script writing, and many of the English tutors are critically acclaimed writers and columnists. They include:

  • Dr Joe Moran, The Guardian and Financial Times columnist and writer of several books on British everyday life
  • Dr Alice Ferrebe, author of Masculinity in the Male-Authored Novel 1950-2000;
  • Dr Gerry Smyth, author of Novel and the Nation, Noisy Island: A Short History of Irish Popular Music

Most tutors are actively engaged in research, which means that teaching is directly informed by the latest thinking.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose

We believe that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. In some final year modules, you can choose how you want to be assessed.

You will have practical assessments for Drama, which could be in the form of presentations (performing in or directing a show, for example), painting a set, or designing lights or costumes.

Theoretical assessments for both Drama and English could include exams, essays, presentations, reports, blogs, class tests, viva voces, portfolio work, analytical exercises, wiki entries or a dissertation.

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 21 days but your personal tutor and course lecturers will give regular constructive feedback as well. This is particularly useful in helping you to identify your strengths in addition to the areas where you may need to put in more work.

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 scholarships

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 bursary

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.

Tuition fees

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

Living costs

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

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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.

Career prospects

In the last three years around 75% of our students have graduated with 2:1 or first class degrees.

This BA (Hons) degree equips you with key transferable skills in performance, presentation and interpersonal communication – all of which are highly valued by employers. So not only could you be destined for a career as an actor, director or stage manager, you could also move into areas such as advertising, marketing, museums, publishing, retail, leisure, charity management, educational administration and accountancy.

Teaching is not the main occupation for Drama and English graduates, however some do continue on to PGCE study or use their skills in other types of teaching, such as English as a second language or adult education. Another option is to continue in education with a Masters, PhD or vocational course such as journalism or marketing.

Recent graduate successes include the Chief Executive of the National Youth Theatre and an actor who has regular lead parts on TV, most notably in the BBC's 'Little Dorrit' and Channel 4's 'The Promise'. Another of our students will soon play Hamlet for the RSC and other alumni are successful playwrights and directors at the National Theatre, The Traverse Theatre and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

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International Scholarships

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)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

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.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

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.

Living Costs

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 £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 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 £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

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 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 (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)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:

  • Passport
  • 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

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