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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Drama
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£15.8k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Minimum number of A Levels required: 2 •Subject specific requirements: Not applicable •Is general studies acceptable? Yes •Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications •Average A Level offer: BCC •Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications •Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM required from a relevant subject if no other Level 3 qualifications are taken

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications •Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

UCAS tariff points

All applicants should possess the following essential qualities: •Evidence of an enthusiastic and sustained interest in Drama. •Good performance skills: vocal, physical and intellectual. •Time management, as you will have to work to show deadlines on a regular basis. •Flexibility: we often rehearse and perform in the evenings and at weekends. These qualities will be assessed through an interview and an audition after having initially been assessed from your UCAS application. Your initial UCAS application will inform our decision on whether to offer you an interview and audition, but will by no means wholly inform our decision on whether to offer you a place to study Drama or not. Therefore, any information that you can give on your UCAS form which allows us to get a sense of how well you manage your time, how engaged you are with external activities and how proactive you have been in seeking out interesting challenges (of all sorts!) and creative engagements would be very useful as they will inform the above-mentioned essential criteria. Drama Interview and Audition Criteria We always ask applicants to audition and interview with us. There are two practical audition requirements: the Solo audition and the Workshop audition. There is also a Seminar interview to assess academic skills. Here’s what we’ll be looking for: Solo Audition - we'll be looking for: •Vocal presence: How well you deliver your piece and what light, shade and emphasis you sustain. •Interpretation: How well you create the character, deliver the role and interpret the text and its meaning. •Performance: How effectively you "hold" your audience. You should exhibit confidence, clarity and vitality. Workshop Audition - we'll be looking for: •Ensemble skills: How well you work with other people in a group - are you co-operative and proactive? •Creativity: What creative qualities did you bring to the group? Did you generate ideas and suggestions? Seminar Interview - we'll be looking for: •Presence: How well you listened to others and made rational and supportive contributions. •Critical ability: How well you knew your subject area. •Academic potential: Do your grades or predictions marry with your performance when discussing Theatre •Commitment: What evidence did you supply to show that you are keen to study at LJMU.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

As a student on the professionally-accredited BA (Hons) Drama at Liverpool John Moores University you will have extensive opportunities to develop your creative and performance skills using our dedicated drama centre and through our links with leading drama organisations in Liverpool and beyond. •Opportunities to perform regularly in theatre productions all over Liverpool plus paid or voluntary work placements to improve your employability •Professional guidance from working practitioners to help you develop your creative skills in acting, stage management, directing, marketing, publicity and many more •Strong links with local organisations including Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, The Unity Theatre, Hope Street Ltd and the BBC •Friendly and creative atmosphere in the Joe H Makin Drama Centre and a final year Festival entirely organised and delivered by students •One of our graduates, Claire Foy is currently playing the lead role in the Netflix hit, 'The Crown'


Level 4 •Theatre Cultures •Spontaneous Theatre •Theatre: The Big Ideas •Acting the Text •Collaborative Playmaking •Acting Skills Level 5 •The Drama Specialist •Creating Theatre •Page to Stage •Reading the Play •Performance: The Big Ideas •Options in Practice Level 6 •Drama at Work •Drama Reflection •Directing the Play •Drama Festival •Researching Drama •Festival Planning Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Liverpool John Moores University

Design Academy

With a heritage that stretches back to 1823, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is now one of the largest and most well-established universities in the UK. Our research is influencing policymakers, improving people’s lives and finding solutions to the problems of the 21st century. Wherever you’ve come from and wherever you’re planning to get to, LJMU can help you find your place in the world.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
1% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
63% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
342 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
99% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £15.8k MED
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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