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University of Northampton

Drama (with Foundation Study)

UCAS Code: W401

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

Entry requirements


A level

D,E,E

Access to HE Diploma

M:0,P:45

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

P3,P3,P3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H4,H4,H4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MPP

Scottish Higher

B,C,C

or CCCC

UCAS Tariff

64
50%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Drama

The Foundation Study Framework programme offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for BA Drama, the University of Northampton can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BA Drama programme which includes the Foundation Study Framework. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the technical grounding and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

The Foundation Study Framework provides a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst introducing you to key ideas and skills used by Drama practitioners. We are also committed to engaging you with specialist Drama modules from the outset, whilst extending support into your second year of study (Stage One).

**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**

- Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new Hewlett Packard laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).

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- If you join us in September 2018 you will be the first to experience student life at the University’s brand-new Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day to find out more.

- Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Modules

**FOUNDATION STUDY FRAMEWORK:**

In the Foundation Stage you will study two 40 credit modules that form the Foundation Study experience. These are:

• Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills – provides an introduction to key concepts, theories and principles associated with the area of study.

• Research for Practice – provides an overview of the principles of research, research methods and the learning environment of the University. It will also include an introduction to the academic languages of the subject and the learning experience of degree study.

These modules are delivered concurrently with two Level 4 modules from your programme:

• Creating Theatre: Devising, Writing, Adapting (20 credits)

• Technologies for Performance (20 credits).

Upon successful completion of these modules, you will progress to Stage One of BA Drama, in which you will receive further support through:

• Subject Studies 2: Working with Ideas – focuses specifically on the generation and development of ideas, building the key IT/ literacy/numeracy skill sets required by the programme.

In the remainder of Stage One , you will take two further 40 credit modules from the BA Drama.

**STAGE 2:**

• Actor and Text

• Writing for Performance

• Learning Through Drama

• Professional Practice

• Specialist Study

**STAGE 3:**

• Adaptations in Drama

• Applied Performance

• Drama Independent Research

• Professional Practices

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment methods

This course is assessed through practice and theory and uses a variety of methods, including:

• performances

• self and peer assessment

• written work

• seminar presentations.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Northampton

Department:

Performance Studies

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.

84%
med
Drama

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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

55%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C
303

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Childcare and related personal services
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.

Creative arts and design

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

£15k

£15k

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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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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