Goldsmiths, University of London

English and Drama/Drama and English Goldsmiths, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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What happens to a text when it’s performed? This degree combines the study of English literature and theatre to help you understand, and interrogate, the relationship between text and performance.

Why study BA English & Drama/Drama & English at Goldsmiths?

  • You’ll be taught by professional theatre-makers, and benefit from our strong links with theatrical companies and professional organisations – many of them on our doorstep.

  • You won’t just study Western theatre. You'll have the chance to examine plays and texts from Africa and the Caribbean.

  • This degree is for students who are looking for some practical experience with producing theatre but would like to study a course primarily designed to develop your understanding of performance studies rather than your creative practice.

  • At the end of your second year, you'll be able to choose between two pathways: Drama or English. This allows you to tailor your studies to your interests so you can get the most from your degree.

  • Many of the staff in the Department of Theatre and Performance are professional theatre-makers, and we have strong links with theatres, companies and professional organisations.

  • We have a strong tradition of theatre-making, and our on-campus facilities include a theatre and performance studios.

Course details


The programme can be studied through two pathways: Drama or English. These pathways diverge at the end of the second year. You choose the pathway of the final year by the end of the autumn term of the second year, although you will be asked to give a provisional indication of your choice when enrolling.

At Level 4 you will study the following modules:
Approaches to Text
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Literature of the Victorian Period
Analytic Vocabularies A
Introduction to Dramaturgy
Drama Production: Summer Projects, which runs in the summer term.

At Level 5 and 6 you'll study a combination of modules from English and Drama depending on the pathway you choose and your own choice of options.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include examinations, coursework portfolios, long essays, projects, presentations, production plans, dissertation. The dissertation must be passed for the degree to be awarded.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules.
Scottish Higher BBBBC Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature) is required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points With three Higher Level subjects at 655 including English Literature (or Language and Literature).
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2 Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature) is required.

Grade B in English Literature, English Language or Language and Literature is required. A-level General Studies is not accepted.

The Department of Theatre and Performance does not offer applicants auditions, although some – but not all – candidates will be invited for interview.

The degree doesn't aim to provide a vocational training in acting, but rather an opportunity to engage in a broad creative and critical study, exploring the possibilities of theatre making in a wide historical and cultural context to provide transferable skills for a richly diverse array of career choices. This is why we're not looking for performing skills alone but for a range of creative, critical and inquisitive qualities when we select candidates for a place.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW

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