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Theatre and Creative Writing BA

Course code


W481 with placement year

Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

4 to 7 years part-time



UK / EU £9,250

International £15,860

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)


30 (IB)

2020 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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The Theatre and Creative Writing BA is ideal if you want learn more about the richness of theatre past and present while incorporating your passion for creative writing.

Within the theatre side of your degree, you’ll develop creative skills in a number of practical ways: acting, directing, applied drama, physical theatre, digital performance, musical theatre and playwriting.

On the creative writing side of the course, you’ll get to explore a number of writing styles including journalism,screenwriting, comedy writing, short stories and the contemporary novel.

You’ll also grow your knowledge through an understanding of the concepts and models used in the practice and study of theatre, together with the themes and techniques used by historic and contemporary authors.

Study at Brunel and you’ll become part a rich community of creative students, artists and academics with a variety of opportunities to collaborate through acting, directing, playwriting and production.

You’ll learn in Brunel’s purpose-built Antonin Artaud Performance Centre (AA), which is rather like being in drama school with its main theatre, two studio spaces, rehearsal rooms and recording studios.

AA facilities regularly host Arts@Artaud nights showcasing new music, film, creative writing and drama presented by Brunel students.

Established links with the creative industries offer plenty of opportunities to hear from guest speakers and alumni on campus. Off campus, Brunel’s easy access to central London helps to facilitate regular class trips to see West End productions and other events.

For your professional development, the option of a work placement year is an unmissable opportunity to find out where your interests lie and to increase your attractiveness to future employers.

Students from the course have completed placements in a variety of organisations including the London’s Park Theatre, Rose Wisksteed Casting, The Vaults, Unicorn Theatre, Icarus Theatre Company, and the Grieg City Academy.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The course is both academic and practical with the opportunity to specialise your studies according to your interests in theatre and creative writing, with a range of optional modules to choose from both disciplines as you develop as a creative.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers. Please see programme specification for the specific optional module combination choices that are available.

Please note you must choose one of the year 3 compulsory modules listed below.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4 to 7 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement year option. Find out more about work placements available.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

Professional skills are embedded into the modules through all three levels, such as collaboration, critical reflection verbally and in writing, and engagement with different forms of creative practice.

Production, budgeting, design for specific audiences, working in the community and strong CV writing, are all covered in the final year of the course.

Brunel Theatre BA lecturers have long-established links with many theatre venues and other businesses across the creative industries, and they’re always ready to help you find the right place to grow your specific interests. There are options for a short or year-long work placement to develop your professional profile while on the course.

Students have undertaken work experience at places like The National Theatre, Plaines Plough, Akram Khan Dance Company, Les Enfants Terribles, China Plate, and a host of educational and community organisations.

Graduates of this course have gone on to work as actors/writers in the National Youth Music Theatre, such as Adam Johnson. Some progress onto renowned postgraduate courses like Sam Smithson in the Directing MA at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Your options when leaving us are varied and exciting. Click here to read about inspirational Theatre alumni.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB including grade B in English, English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature combined or Creative Writing.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM AND A-level English subject at grade B. (Applicants without A-level English or Creative Writing will be required to submit a written sample of work on request).
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD AND an A-Level in English subject at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grades BB including English subject.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Level English. GCSE Mathematics Standard Level 4 or Higher Level 4
  • Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits And grade B in A level English subject.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 entry


£9,250 full-time

£6,935 part-time

£1,385 placement year


£15,860 full-time

£11,895 part-time

£1,385 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

A unique feature of theatre at Brunel is learning with the help of a personal tutor in a group of eight to ten students on weekly basis to facilitate communication and collaboration.

This system will help you increase your competence and confidence in interpersonal and oral communication, analytical skills, and university level study skills.

In your creative writing modules, lectures, seminar discussions and workshops with practitioners and theorists will provide you with a range of approaches to the analysis and production of creative writing.

One-to-one tutorials with members of the team are structured into the course at various points, and these are supplemented by an online forum designed to enable students and staff to work remotely to share advice, issues, and problems.

Central to the learning and teaching strategy is a philosophy to encourage you to collaborate creatively, to share ideas with your peers, and to contribute to each other’s initiatives and projects.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

In your theatre modules, you will be assessed through practical performance (in-class and public), creative writing tasks, coursework, presentation, creative portfolios, and essays.

For Creative Writing, you will be assessed through essays, portfolios of shorter written coursework, individual and group presentations, continuous assessment of participation in seminars, and the final year dissertation project.  

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.