2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

QW34

Points required:

104

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,600
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Drama and English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Drama at LJMU ranked 20th best in the country in the 2019 Guardian University League Table
  • 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

About your course

The BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature 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.

Hear from our students about what it's like to study a Drama degree at LJMU:

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There are few better places to study Drama and English Literature 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.

"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

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

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.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

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What you will study on this degree

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

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Reading English
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the interdisciplinary study of English at degree level through a variety of texts drawn from different historical periods. It will also introduce you to the formal analysis of texts, including questions of literary form, narrative and genre. The module will also introduce you to the generic skills needed for the study of English at degree level, including close reading, reading quickly and efficiently, and writing essays.

Literary and Cultural Theory
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the basic strands of literary and cultural theories, such as feminism, Marxism, postcolonial theory, and psychoanalysis. It will allow you to explore and evaluate these theoretical perspectives through practical application to literary texts as well as to other primary sources.

Literature In Context: Britain In The 1950s
20 credits

This module introduces you to methods of critical and contextual reading central to the English programme; to the range of core skills essential to successful study at University level; and to the Personal Tutoring system.

Performance Fundamentals
20 credits

This module introduces you to a range of theories and approaches to acting, including aspects of voice and movement. It establishes a shared sense of ensemble and the codes of conduct and professional work ethic expected of actors. It will link your practical work to an understanding of the social and historical roots and evolving processes of the actor, alongside introducing you to a constructive vocabulary and method of observing and evaluating both your own practice and that of others.

The Physical Text
20 credits

This practical workshop based module offers you the opportunity to explore a range of non-verbal aspects of performance text and their place in the creative and interpretive process. You will examine models of analysis and a range of examples of historical and contemporary practice where non-verbal text is the predominant mode.

Production Project 1 (Scripted)
20 credits

This module consolidates and develops aspects of voice, movement, acting and production skills already introduced though rehearsal, leading to performance of existing texts. It provides you with the opportunity to nurture acting skills through research, rehearsal and performance.

Level 5

Core modules

Contemporary Performance and Practitioners
20 credits

This module introduces you to a range of contemporary performance forms and practitioners. It expands and enhances your level of conceptual understanding associated with critical approaches to performance, and develops your ability to write coherently about contemporary performance with appropriate academic presentation.

Script Workshop
20 credits

This module offers you the opportunity to develop original script work through workshop application of performance and, where appropriate, directing skills. You will explore a range of texts for their performance potential alongside enhancing your understanding of dramaturgy and story structure.

Optional modules

Poetry Writing Workshop:Form and Substance
20 credits

In this module you will focus on structural and technical aspects of poetry and on questions of subject-matter and source material, using examples of modern and contemporary poetry. You will look at students' poems in workshops, analysing them technically, providing feedback, and focusing on the specific uses of form and language.

Drama Research and Proposal
20 credits

This module enhances your ability to deal with advanced concepts, philosophies and critical frameworks appropriate to drama and theatre practice research. It equips you with appropriate enhanced skills in use of supporting technologies in designing and proposing a piece of focussed academic research. 

Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to a range of seventeenth-century writings in their historical and cultural context to enable you to recognise different forms and genres used in the period. This module will also facilitate an understanding the concept of the Early Modern and issues of historical change and continuity.

International Experience
20 credits

This module enables you to identify and reflect upon the life skills, intercultural learning skills and transferable skills required to live and/or work in another country. These skills include employability efficacies of self-awareness, interpersonal relationships and decision-making. You will develop an appropriate vocabulary to appraise international experiences and reflect upon their relevance to employability and personal development.

Modernism and Modernity
20 credits

This module focuses on the emergence of a modernist movement in Europe and America at the beginning of the 20th century and lasting until the decades after the close of the Second World War. You will be introduced to the literature, culture and politics of modernity through an engagement with a variety of modernist texts.

Poetry Matters
20 credits

This module enables you to develop a critical vocabulary to enhance your understanding of poetry. You will be introduced to a range of poetry from different periods, in different forms and from different cultural locations. Alongside this, you will learn to identify the aesthetic qualities of different poetic traditions.

Postcolonial Writing: Power, Art and Protest
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the field of postcolonial studies through a selection of literary and critical works. It will introduce the debates on the relationship between art, politics and culture at the heart of postcolonial literary criticism.

Romanticism: Revolution, Reaction and Representation
20 credits

In this module, you will develop an understanding of the manifestations of Romanticism in nineteenth-century literature to assess the cultural afterlife and importance of Romanticism and its modes. You will explore the connections between politics, social history, and literary culture in Britain during a period of social instability and intense and rapid changes in many areas of life at home and abroad.

Short Cuts: Writing in Brief
20 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse a wide variety of short writing from the post-Second World War era to develop skills of close reading and textual analysis. You will also explore the relationship between short writing and modernity/contemporary culture.

The Victorians: Realism and Sensation
20 credits

Within this module, you will extend your familiarity with a range of Victorian texts including novels, poetry and essays. You will explore how the Victorian age was characterized by rapidly developing scientific discourses and popular interest in them and understand how contemporary understanding of genre and cultural prestige were inherited from the Victorian period.

The Literature Of Extinction: American Writing and the Environment
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the representation of the environment through the study of selected critical discourses to situate American ideas about the environment in their historical and cultural contexts.

Prison Voices: Narratives of Crime and Punishment in the 19th Century
20 credits

This module will examine changing discourses about deviance, criminality, punishment, and discipline and how these have been articulated within literary and non-literary texts. It will extend your skills in online research and interpretation by analysing, comparing, and considering the connections between a wide range of digital and textual primary sources.

Working in the USA
20 credits

The module aims to enable you to reflect on and articulate the life skills, intercultural learning skills and transferable skills that living and working in another country requires them to develop.

English Work Experience
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop a range of professional and transferable skills relevant to the world of work. You will be able to critically reflect on your self-development and acquisition of skills and attributes through experience of work in conjunction with their academic studies.

Migrants to the Screen
20 credits

In this module tools and concepts from the fields of contemporary adaptation studies and from contemporary postcolonial studies will be used to critically examine adapted literary texts and their screen adaptations, and these texts will be used to explore intersections between these fields of enquiry. In particular, you will be encouraged to explore the ways in which adaptations might themselves be considered 'migrants'.

Life Stories: Telling Tales and Keeping Secrets in Auto/Biographical Writing
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the diversity of auto/biographical writing. It will equip you with the critical vocabulary and analytical tools to explore and analyse modern life-writing. You will understand key critical topics relating to life-writing, including the relations of subjectivity and form; the intersections of gender, race, class and embodiment; the role of memory and nostalgia; narrative strategies of confession and secrecy.

Level 6

Core modules

Advanced Theatre Practice 1
20 credits

This module offers you an opportunity to extend independent preparation and practice and develop advanced skills in a chosen role. It enables you to realise work that will be useful as part of a professional portfolio or in accessing further advanced skills training. 

Advanced Theatre Practice 2
20 credits

This module is the cumulative point of application of skills and creative practice developed during the course, and provides a public platform for showing work. This creative and practical module is designed to give you the opportunity to develop and work independently with an ensemble.

Optional modules

Drama Platform Presentation
20 credits

This module offers you the opportunity to share your personal interest in a chosen aspect of drama or theatre practice. You will develop advanced skills in researching, planning and delivering effective presentations.

Drama Dissertation
20 credits

This module aims to form a balance between the Drama Dissertation and Advanced Practice 2 in offering you a cumulative opportunity to set practice and scholarship side by side. You will learn to locate, collect, review and evaluate relevant research material and justify clearly its relevance, and to develop a critical and analytical argument, according to conventions of academic papers and in a form related to your chosen subject.

English Dissertation
20 credits

This is a year-long module, at the end of which you will have produced a dissertation of 7- 8,000 words. As such, it offers you the opportunity to investigate a topic of personal interest within the field of English Studies: you might wish to revisit something studied on a previous module, with a fresh approach or in greater detail, or choose an area as yet unexplored. You will be given guidance by a supervisor through the different stages of researching and writing, but above all you will be expected to work independently in the formulation of ideas, selection of key texts, and production of the final piece.

Our House: Representing Domestic Space
20 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse domestic space as an important aspect of contemporary culture, to familiarize you with a range of disciplinary and philosophical traditions which have focused upon domestic space.

Post-Millennial British Fiction
20 credits

This module will extend your knowledge of the diversity and range of British writing in the twenty-first century in order to explore key events that shape literary culture in Britain today.

Race in America
20 credits

You will learn important critical and theoretical views relating to racial formations, racial identities, and racism in American history to develop cultural and historical understanding of the dynamics of race in post-war America.

Shakespeare
20 credits

This module will reinforce the ability to critically analyse texts in close detail to examine a range of Shakespeare's plays in the context of their original cultural production.

Tales Of The Market: Capitalism and Critique
20 credits

This module will introduce you to narratives of capitalism in fiction and non-fiction to develop a knowledge of the key concepts of capitalist critique and examine their relevance in making sense of significant cultural texts.

Vamps and Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction
20 credits

This module will examine the genre of Gothic fiction as it has developed over two centuries to explore the cultural, historical and intellectual contexts that shape the moment of its production.

World Literature: Writing from the Periphery
20 credits

This module will introduce the concept of 'world literature' through a selection of texts from the twentieth to the twenty-first centuries in relation to the rise and expansion of a global modernity. You will examine on-going critical debates around key areas of research in the global humanities: a singular modernity, the politics of translation, the periphery and the world system.

Writing Lives: Collaborative Research Project on Working-Class Autobiography
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop advanced digital humanities research skills by engaging in individual and collective work as part of an online collaborative research project. You will be introduced to editorial procedures and skills and to edit and write your own research materials and findings at a professional level suitable for online publication.

Transitions: Identities in the Interwar Years
20 credits

This module examines shifting identities and the intersections of class, sexuality, gender and regionality in British literature of the interwar years. It moves across popular, middlebrow and experimental fiction and looks at poetry, non-fiction and magazine publishing as a means of examining the changing cultural formations of the period.

Violence in Nineteenth-Century Literature
20 credits

This module will establish violence as a significant and persistent literary, political and cultural preoccupation in nineteenth-century literature (1800-1900), and examine key works in which the issues of class, empire and gender were explored by authors of this period in relation to conflict and crisis.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of practical and workshop classes, lectures, seminars, online activities, 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.

Work-related Learning

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 Literature 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.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

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 Literature 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.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, TV studios, radio suites, green screen, editing rooms and news rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications: 104


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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: An English e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature or Creative Writing. Subjects such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Religious Education, History, Media Studies and General Studies will also be considered
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 104 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications to include a relevant subject at Higher Level

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 to include a relevant subject at Higher Level

Alternative qualifications considered

Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis.

International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

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

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

All applicants should possess the following essential criteria:     

  • Evidence of an enthusiastic and sustained interest in Drama.
  • Good performance skills - vocal, physical and intellectual - appropriate to the demands of the working practices on the course.
  • 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 for Drama 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 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 

Applicants who attend for audition and interview will be assessed on the following criteria:

We'll be looking for this in the Solo Audition:

Individual Solo Speech: one 60-90 second speech from each applicant. 

  • Vocal/Tonal presence
  • Interpretation
  • Facial/Visual presence

We'll be looking for this in the Individual Interview:

  • Critical ability: How well you knew your subject area and could offer opinions
  • Academic potential: Did your grades or predictions marry with your performance at interview?
  • Presence: How well did you present yourself in terms of confidence and engagement?

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.