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Brunel University London

Theatre and English

UCAS Code: WQ43

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined). Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at level 3 and grade B in A level English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined). Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 are required to include English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

including Higher Level 5 in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined). Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

including H3 in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined). Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in any subject with A level grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined). Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB including English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined). Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

in any subject, with an A-level grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined). Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

in any subject and A-level grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined). Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB including English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined). Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in any subject, with an A-level grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined). Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

including grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined). Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

UCAS Tariff

120-144

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67%
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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.5 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

Theatre studies

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 Resilience’ to 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.

Modules

Year 1
Core Module
Portfolio Critical Reading
Reading Resilience
Perspectives 1
Ensemble Production
World Literature, World Literacies

Optional Module
Directing 1 Contexts, Theories and Practices
Playwriting 1
Physical Theatre 1: Between Dance and Theatre
Acting: Essential Skills
Applied Drama Practice: An Introduction
Digital Performance 1
Musical Theatre 1

Year 2
Core Module
Perspectives

Optional Module
Writing 2: Experiments in Language for Performance
Directing 2 Contexts, Theories and Practices
Physical Theatre 2: Performance and Embodiment
Acting: Beyond Naturalism
Applied Drama: Project
Digital Performance 2
Musical Theatre: Histories, Practices and Theories
Performance as Research: Second Year Production Module

Year 3
Core Module
Final Production
Dissertation
Project

Optional Module
Perspectives 3: Battling with Ideas
The Canon Re-loaded
Advanced Musical Theatre
Professional Experience and Development
Advanced Acting
Digital Performance and Technology 3

Advanced Physical Theatre 3
New Writing: Page to Stage

Victorian Literature and Culture
Post-War and Late Twentieth-Century Literature, 1945-2001
Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature
Psychogeography

Writing Ireland
Creative Industries
Violence
Chaucer to Shakespeare
Reading for Writers/Writing for Readers
Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,860
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Arts and Humanities

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Theatre studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
44%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,920
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Theatre studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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