Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

English and Drama

Arts, English and Drama

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BA (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich Q3W4 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time QW34 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

95%

of Drama and English students satisfied

overall with teaching

NSS 2016

91%

2015 graduates in work or further study

within 6 months of graduating

Top 15

for English

English and Drama course overview

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 twenty-first 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. The main teaching modes comprise seminar discussion and practical workshop sessions.

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 Academic Advisees. 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. 

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.

See exactly what the Sir Robert Martin Theatre is like and take a virtual tour around the theatre.

Modules


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
  • From Analysis to Performance
  • An Introduction to Language
  • Narrative Forms and Fiction

Optional modules (choose one)

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • How to do Things with Digital Text
  • 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 Literature and Culture
  • Diverse Voices
  • America at War
  • African American Culture
  • The Weird Tale
  • Introduction to Multimodality
  • Language in Society
  • Women’s Writing in the 17th Century
  • Philosophy, Literature and the Arts
  • Brecht: The Critical Stage
  • Playwriting and Dramaturgy
  • Puppetry
  • Voice and Text
  • Modern and Contemporary British Theatre
  • Popular Theatres
  • Costume Design
  • Arts Management
  • Fashion Theory
  • From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions
  • Nineteenth-Century Bodies

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 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
    • Dance Theatre
    • Puppetry
    • Dissertation
    • The Modern Poet
    • The Return of the King: Literature 1660-1714
    • Romantic Writings 1815-1832
    • Global America
    • Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women of the 1890s
    • Rare Shakespeare
    • Cruel and Unusual

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


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.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

Q3W4 English and Drama - BA (Hons) DPS

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) or ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) with 5 at HL English or 34 (6,5,5 HL) with 6 at HL English
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM plus A Level English at grade B; BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD plus A Level English at grade B or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: D plus AB in two A Levels to include English
Relevant subjects include Performing Arts, Art and Design, Business, IT, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science

QW34 English and Drama - BA (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) or ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) with 5 at HL English or 34 (6,5,5 HL) with 6 at HL English
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM plus A Level English at grade B; BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD plus A Level English at grade B or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: D plus AB in two A Levels to include English
Relevant subjects include Performing Arts, Art and Design, Business, IT, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application, and also by attendance at a practical workshop and interview in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of your application. An interview also gives you the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

More information on the application process is available on the Arts, English and Drama webpages.

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.

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.

Student Testimonials: Placements at Loughborough University

This is a short video of students who have been out on a placement sharing their experience and advice.

Studying abroad

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

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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