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Theatre and English BA

Course code

WQ43

WQ41 with placement year

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

4.5 to 6 years part-time

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £9,250

International £15,860

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

30 (IB)

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Overview

Storytelling is part of every culture and reveals much about a person’s lived experience, values and aspirations within a given time, whether presented as drama or prose on a page.

Theatre and English BA will help you to become a critical and creative communicator equipped for a variety of creative roles as you discover the richness of theatre making and literature side by side, developing as a creative along the way.

The theatrical side of your course will teach you specialist skills in a range of performance genres like physical, musical and digital theatre.

A blended approach to learning means you’ll have a mix of practical classes in acting, writing and ensemble production, together with more theoretically focussed content, with plenty of opportunities for collaboration.

You’ll learn theatre 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.

The English half of your course commences with a module on ‘Reading Resilienceto help prepare you with the necessary skills for literary studies.

In years two and three a wealth of optional modules await you covering a variety of periods and genres from Shakespeare to Jane Austen, to contemporary and genre fiction.

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 explore theatre and culture.

Uniquely for a theatre degree, 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, Unicorn Theatre and Icarus Theatre Company.

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

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Course content

Theatre and English BA at Brunel is an academic and practical course with the opportunity to specialise your studies according to your interests in theatre and English, 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
Year 3 compulsory modules are structured as follows:

Option 1 - DR3614 or DR3608 or EN3003
Option 2 - EN3004 and DR3606

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4.5 to 6 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.

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Careers and your future

Potential graduate destinations include:

  • creative positions within the theatre industry
  • management and administrative positions within the creative industries as a whole
  • community-based careers in applied drama practice
  • educational work either in schools or in the growing number of education departments attached to theatres.
  • postgraduate study in English, Theatre and Arts Management.

Past students have gone on to work as theatre producers, actors, directors, performers, playwrights, stand-up comedians, casting agents, event managers, and animateurs.  

Others have gone on to work as arts administrators, community theatre officers for local councils, drama and English teachers, researchers, public relations, drama therapists and academics.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB including grade B in English Literature or English Language and Literature combined.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Art and Design, Creative Media Production, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Music and Music Technology, Performing Arts, Production Arts or Travel and Tourism AND A-level English at grade B. (Applicants without A-level English will be required to submit a written sample of work on request).
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Art and Design, Creative Media Production, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Music and Music Technology, Performing Arts, Production Arts or Travel and Tourism AND an A-Level in English Literature or English Language and Literature combined at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grades BB including English Literature or English Language and Literature combined.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points including 5 in Higher Level English.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Merits in all units. All applicants must provide a sample of writing on request.

Applicants with relevant theatre experience may also be considered.

All applicants are required to attend a group audition workshop as part of the selection process for Theatre before a formal offer is made.

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)

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

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£6,935 part-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£15,860 full-time

£11,895 part-time

£1,000 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.

Small group teaching in practical work is key to the seven strands of the degree: Acting, Directing, Applied Drama, Physical Theatre, Digital Performance, Musical Theatre and Playwriting.

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

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

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.

Using a range of practical assessment methods, you will be tested on each of the seven strands.

In your English modules, you will be assessed through written assignments.

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