Drama - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BA (Hons) Drama

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £14,000 per annum*
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum*

*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 104

UCAS code: W400

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

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 have learnt a great deal from a huge variety of areas within drama and truly feel I have the right knowledge to go out and work within the industry.

Kerrie McLaughlin, Drama graduate

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.

Chris Tomlinson, Drama graduate and freelance director

Work-related learning

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.

Course details

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
  • Splatterfest
  • The Royal Court
  • Ullaloom
  • Lime Productions
  • LA Productions
  • BBC
  • 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.

Level 4
  • Theatre Cultures
  • Spontaneous Theatre
  • Theatre: The Big Ideas
  • Acting the Text
  • Collaborative Playmaking
  • Acting Skills
Level 5
  • The Drama Specialist
  • Creating Theatre
  • Page to Stage: Reading the Play
  • Performance: The Big Ideas
  • Options in Practice
  • Technical Theatre

Level 6
  • 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.

Your lecturers

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.

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications

104

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

A Levels

  • 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 qualifications

  • 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

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • 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.

Will I be interviewed?

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?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

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 that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

For details on application processes and eligibility criteria, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/scholarships

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, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

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 or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given 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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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.

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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