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Drama and English Literature University of Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate

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Students who wish to continue the study of literary forms other than Drama might consider this joint course, where they can have a choice of studying the two subjects together in a variety of flexible permutations. Students may therefore take Drama as their 'major' subject (up to 80 credits in any one year) with English as their 'minor' subject (40 credits), or vice versa; or they may study the two subjects equally (60/60 credits). Joint Honours students who are not majoring in Drama still have the same access to practical courses as single honours students. It should also be noted that, should you wish to do a PGCE secondary course in English and Drama after your degree, you may experience difficulty if you have done a 80/40 degree with Drama as the major subject. This is because some institutions (but by no means all) will only take students who have completed 50% of their studies in English.

The course aims to:

  • Produce students capable of independently evaluating and engaging creatively and critically with performance and, as appropriate, capable of developing technical and artistic skills, critical analysis and argument for themselves (DDP Benchmark p.7);

  • Provide students with a knowledge and understanding and some experience of drama and performance as cultural process and artistic discourse, through the study of theatre and media history, text, dramatic theory and performance practice;

  • Offer substantial opportunities to pursue, in parallel, the study of English Literature from the Medieval to the Modern period;

  • Approach the two subjects as discrete but complementary areas of study;

  • Facilitate and support the development of students' learning skills, critical perception and dramatic imagination;

  • Provide students with coherent programmes that reflect the diversity of expertise within, and available to, the subject areas of Drama and English and American Studies; to foster independent learning, evaluation and research;

  • Foster a knowledge, understanding and, where appropriate, experience through outreach activities, of the contribution drama can make to the local community;

  • Equip students with the necessary critical tools and relevant practice to begin to make a worthwhile contribution to contemporary theatre, film, television or related fields.

Special Features

Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Drama has existing exchange partnerships with universities in Australia, Canada and the USA with further partners being sought through the Worldwide Exchange Scheme.

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 WQ4H
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site
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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB Grades AAB. This should include Grade A in English Literature (or Language and Literature, but not Language alone). General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer.

Typical Contextual Offer: Grades ABB, including Grade A in English Literature.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD We require DDD, plus one A-level at Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
Access to HE Diploma D: 39 credits
M: 6 credits
We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

The specific course requirements are either GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), or achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having six credits each in English and Maths. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

We also require a minimum of 39 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 6 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.
Scottish Higher Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements.

For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system, the following will apply.

For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5):

AAB at A-level: Highers of AAABBB or ABBB plus Advanced Higher Grade A.

For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone. The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question. Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade.

All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.
AS AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M2 We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3,D3,M2 in the Pre-U and AAB at A level in three distinct subjects.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement (and at interview, if  relevant).  We may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account, should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

For this programme, you will be made the standard offer plus an alternative one, if you are studying for an EPQ.  The alternative offer will be one grade below the standard offer but you will also be asked to achieve a Grade A in your EPQ.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points 35 points overall. 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades DD plus an A Level at Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D* - D Entry requirements are based on achievement of EITHER the full Technical Extended Certificate with Grade D* plus two A Levels at Grades BB, OR full Technical Extended Certificate Grade D plus two A-levels at Grades AB. In both cases, one of the A-levels must be in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma DD Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades DD plus an A-level at min. Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone), plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D We require a D, plus two A-levels at Grades AA; one of these A-levels must be in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D We require a D, plus an A-level at min. Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone), plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.
Scottish Advanced Higher Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements.

For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system, the following will apply.

For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5):

AAB at A-level: Highers of AAABBB or ABBB plus Advanced Higher Grade A.

For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone. The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question. Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade.

All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/)

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Audition


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7).
TOEFL (iBT) 100.0 100+ overall with a minimum writing score of 25. If you have obtained a different qualification please check our English language requirements to ensure it is accepted and is equivalent to the above.

GCSE English Language Grade B. The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'. Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

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