Liverpool John Moores University

Drama and Creative Writing Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University is taught by published authors and staff with extensive professional theatre experience.

  • Opportunities to perform your own work in theatre productions all over Liverpool

  • Paid or voluntary work placements to improve your employability

  • Three-day residential writers’ retreat at a country house in rural Wales

  • Guest lectures from practising writers and performers

  • More theatres, cinemas, literary events, arts centres, galleries and museums than any city outside London

Course details


Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

•Spontaneous Theatre
•Theatre: The Big ideas
•Acting Skills
•Introduction to poetry
•Introduction to scriptwriting
•Introduction to prose

Level 5

•Creating theatre
•Performance: The big ideas
•Screen 1
•Treatment and screenplay
•The fantastic
•Approaching your novel
•Short prose
•Poetry writing workshop: form and substance
•Short story 1
•Dramatic writing for radio and stage
•Study year abroad
•The Drama Specialist
•Page to Stage - reading the play
•Options in practice
•Technical Theatre

Level 6

•Drama at work
•Drama reflection
•Directing the play
•Drama Festival
•Researching Drama
•Festival planning
•Prose portfolio 1 / 2
•Independent study in Creative Writing
•Writer at Work
•Writer at Work the project
•Poetry writing workshop: advanced
•Poetry 1
•Poetry writing workshop: advanced poetry 2
•Advanced scriptwriting
•Script portfolio
•Digital writing

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.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

This degree is 65% practical and 35% theory and this is reflected in the way you are assessed in each module.

Practical assessments could be in the form of:

original, creative work in poetry, playwriting, prose and screenplay
presentations (performing in or directing a show)
a pitch (selling your ideas)
a treatment (a précis of your creative work)
painting a set,
designing lights or costumes

Theoretical assessments could be:

seminar presentations
class tests,
viva voces
portfolio work

Constructive feedback is always useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work, and this is provided either online, in writing or at a one-to-one meeting with your tutor.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code WW48
Institution code L51
Campus name Liverpool John Moores University
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points All applicants should possess the following essential criteria:

You will have a strong desire to develop your breadth and depth of reading fiction and/or poetry, and/or a strong interest in film, theatre, or radio.
You will have a desire to write in different forms and genres and be open to the idea that, through reading and writing and studying the craft of writing, you can become a better writer.
Evidence of an enthusiastic and sustained interest in Drama.*
Good performance skills: vocal, physical and intellectual.*

*These qualities will be assessed through an interview and an audition for Drama 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 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 Audition and Interview Criteria

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?

Further information about the Drama audition and interview process can be found at:

Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
A level BCC Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
Subject specific requirements: Prefer English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature
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
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM from a relevant subject area if no other Level 3 qualifications are taken
Access to HE Diploma Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Further information: Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject - (preferably including English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature at Level 3)
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points preferably including Grade 5 in a ‘Language A’ subject at Higher Level in ‘Studies in language and literature’
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS tariff points including 5 Highers preferably including English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature at Higher level

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

• Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
• NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
• Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
• Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
• Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English
• Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
• Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £16,100 Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Provider information

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Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Court (Headquarters)
2 Rodney Street
L1 2UA

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

0151 231 5175