Undergraduate study2017

BA (Hons)

English and Drama

Department of English and Drama

Year of entry: 2017

This degree course combines the study of the theory and practice of drama with the study of English literature and language. It is divided equally between English and Drama, with students taking half of their modules in each subject each year. The English and Drama joint honours degree is the perfect course for anyone passionate about both literature and theatre.

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BA (Hons)

English and Drama

Department of English and Drama

Year of entry: 2017

This degree course combines the study of the theory and practice of drama with the study of English literature and language. It is divided equally between English and Drama, with students taking half of their modules in each subject each year. The English and Drama joint honours degree is the perfect course for anyone passionate about both literature and theatre.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 93% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)
  • Top 15 in the UK for English (The Times Good University Guide 2016)

This degree course combines the study of the theory and practice of drama with the study of English literature and language. It is divided equally between English and Drama, with students taking half of their modules in each subject each year. The English and Drama joint honours degree is the perfect course for anyone passionate about both literature and theatre.

In English, you can choose modules from a range of options, which can include writings from the Renaissance period to the 21st century, language study and creative writing. Our academics are recognised for their expertise in areas such as contemporary texts and theory, culture and communication, creative writing, and literature from the 16th century to the present day. This wide range of specialist knowledge offers you the freedom to construct a course covering literature and language within a broad range of fields and approaches, so providing a stimulating environment for study.

In Drama, you will explore play texts, theoretical writings, performance traditions and techniques, and examine the theatre’s role and function in society throughout history.

European, American and non-Western theatre traditions are studied as well as British theatre. Modules in film production, and playwriting are also available. Practical work takes place primarily in the Department’s theatre and studios and all practical modules include exploration of technical theatre, lighting, sound, set and costume.

Your studies will take place in a variety of learning environments, including seminars, workshops, lectures, group work with peers, and one-to-one tutorials. Our teaching centres on a commitment to small-group teaching and all of our modules offer this as a component. Outside of scheduled teaching times our academic staff are available for face-to-face meetings, essay feedback and support sessions, and for meetings with Personal Tutees. Students benefit from our Virtual Learning Environment (employing additional learning opportunities through online quizzes, discussion boards and blogs) and library facilities, as well as other research and study environments. 

Practical work takes place primarily in the Department’s theatre and studios and the main teaching modes comprise seminar discussion and practical workshop sessions. The Sir Robert Martin Theatre seats an audience of up to 300 and has a proscenium arch, which is easily adapted to accommodate other forms of production. The Leonard Dixon Studio and the Stanley Evernden Studio are flexible spaces seating up to 86 and 45 respectively.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BA (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich Q3W4
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time QW34
Assessment

The course is assessed solely through coursework, using various methods to encourage students to develop a broad set of skills and competencies. Methods include: essays/reflective work, seminar participation, online in-class tests, annotated bibliographies, performance projects, in-class presentations, research projects, workbook/log books, group work & peer assessments and dissertation.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have entered careers in arts administration, advertising, creative arts, journalism, marketing, management, the media (TV and radio), business and finance, publishing, teaching, law, social and youth work.

Course structure

Year 1

In Year 1 our combination of core and optional modules will introduce you to all aspects of the subject and provide you with the skills you need for the rest of your degree studies. You will take courses exploring a range of literary genres, language studies, literary theory and criticism. The texts you will study are from the Renaissance period to the twenty-first century, and you will read many different forms of literature, learn key theoretical approaches to the material, and develop your skills in close reading, oral communication and essay-writing.

Drama modules develop core performance skills across a range of periods and styles and introduce you to reflective and critical practices enhanced by the study of the history of theatre across cultures.

Compulsory modules:

  • Performance Practices
  • The Theatre and its Histories
  • Analysis to Performance
  • An Introduction to Language
  • Narrative Forms and Fiction

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Introduction to American Literature
  • Literary and Critical Theories
Year 2

In year 2 your core modules allow you to develop your understanding of the literature of different historical periods and to study a range of well-known and less familiar writings that will extend your knowledge and confidence in the subject. A choice of stimulating optional modules allow you to pursue areas of particular interest, and to deepen your understanding of the various social, cultural and political contexts within which the texts you are studying exist.

Your Drama modules deepen your theoretical knowledge and broadens the understanding of theatre across a variety of performance practices. You can choose to develop your acting skills or focus on textual and theoretical study of theatre.

Compulsory modules:

  • Performance Philosophy

Students must also take at least one of the following:

  • Renaissance Writings
  • Victorian Literature
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Modernisms

Optional modules:

  • Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Nineteenth-Century American Writing
  • Diverse Voices
  • American Adaptations
  • New Woman Writing
  • African American Culture
  • The Weird Tale
  • American Nightmare
  • Introduction to Multimodality
  • Language in Society
  • Women’s Writing in the 17th Century
  • Philosophy, Literature and the Arts
  • Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing
  • World Theatres
  • Playwriting and Dramaturgy
  • Puppetry
  • Voice and Text
  • Modern and Contemporary British Theatre
  • Popular Theatres
  • Costume Design
  • Textile Futures
  • Fashion Theory
  • Art, Activism and Society
  • Urban Visual Culture
  • Wearable Words
Optional placement year

Optional professional placement.

Final year

In the final year, our modules give you the opportunity to broaden your studies and specialise even further in your own areas of interest. The wide range of course choices (some of which are listed below) are taught from our tutors’ research specialisms and present you with the most current knowledge and theories. This is an exciting opportunity to study the texts, themes and contexts that you are passionate about. You will also be able to choose a dissertation subject that allows you to pursue your own individual interests further.

Your Drama modules offer you a variety of options that can focus entirely on practical work, especially in the Theatre Practice module, or complement your English study with a range of theoretical modules. The opportunity to develop your CV through work experience is also a popular choice.

There are no compulsory modules in the final year.

Optional modules:

  • Theatre Practice
  • Research Project
  • Analysing Work Experience in Creative Industries
  • The Applied Drama Toolkit
  • Costume Design
  • Theatre of the Fantastic
  • Dance Theatre
  • Gender and the Stage
  • Puppetry
  • Dissertation
  • One True Sentence: Writing Fiction
  • Myth and History: Milton's Paradise Lost
  • The Modern Poet
  • A Certain Glory: How to Write Poetry Now
  • Writings of Intimacy
  • Dimensions of Texts
  • Ulysses
  • Narratives of American Sport
  • America at War
  • Neo-Victorianism
  • Global America
  • Aphra Behn
  • Rare Shakespeare
  • Modernisms
  • Cruel and Unusual

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: Q3W4 BA (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) - ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including Drama or English, plus Highers at majority B grades including Drama and English
IB
35 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in English or 34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in English
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM plus A level English
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma: Distinction plus two A-Levels including English
Additional
For the first year of entry to this course you will be assessed by interview/audition.

UCAS code: QW34 BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) - ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including Drama or English, plus Highers at majority B grades including Drama and English
IB
35 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in English or 34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in English
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM plus A level English
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma: Distinction plus two A-Levels including English
Additional
For the first year of entry to this course you will be assessed by interview/audition.

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Professional placement (sandwich) year

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to advance your skills, and apply your knowledge to a working environment.

Studying abroad

Our courses also enable you to study for a selected period of time in international destinations such as the USA, Canada, Singapore and continental Europe.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: Q3W4

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: QW34

Our students

Kabwe Kaoma

“I really enjoy the freedom and flexibility of our course. Tutors encourage you to explore whatever brief or production method you believe is viable.”

Naomi Ison

“I was attracted to Loughborough because of the great facilities and I found the standard of work students produced was amazing. It was inspiring and innovative and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Reece Perkins

“The support given to you in Fine Art is second to none. Throughout my time I have been able to create ambitious projects with the help of the technical tutors in the department.”

Valentina Tikhonova

“The University is very innovative and open minded and there are a lot of facilities on campus where I can learn and practice. Loughborough has helped me to push my artistic and designer boundaries.”

Aaron Price

“Nobody does the social, personal and academic experience together like Loughborough and I can’t imagine being a student at any other university.”

Fiona McRoberts

“I enjoy the practical opportunities that we are given on a day-to-day basis alongside the potential to try something new.”

Kabwe Kaoma

“I really enjoy the freedom and flexibility of our course. Tutors encourage you to explore whatever brief or production method you believe is viable.”

Naomi Ison

“I was attracted to Loughborough because of the great facilities and I found the standard of work students produced was amazing. It was inspiring and innovative and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Reece Perkins

“The support given to you in Fine Art is second to none. Throughout my time I have been able to create ambitious projects with the help of the technical tutors in the department.”

Valentina Tikhonova

“The University is very innovative and open minded and there are a lot of facilities on campus where I can learn and practice. Loughborough has helped me to push my artistic and designer boundaries.”

Aaron Price

“Nobody does the social, personal and academic experience together like Loughborough and I can’t imagine being a student at any other university.”

Fiona McRoberts

“I enjoy the practical opportunities that we are given on a day-to-day basis alongside the potential to try something new.”