University of East Anglia UEA

English Literature and Drama University of East Anglia UEA Degree level: Undergraduate


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About the course
On this degree you’ll immerse yourself in all aspects of the theatre while gaining a first-class intellectual grounding in literature. This will give you a deep understanding of the relationships between the practices of writing in all major genres - prose, poetry and drama - and the practices of dramatic production and acting. Your practical skills in the theatre and your mastery of literature will support and enrich one another.

You'll develop your skills in practical stagecraft through our intensive drama training and with the resources of UEA's Drama Studio on hand for you to use and enjoy. You'll also encounter literature from across centuries and across genres, ranging from established classics to new work being written today. With its vivid dramatic and literary traditions and lively contemporary scene, Norwich is the perfect city in which to be a student of drama and literature.

Course overview
This programme combines modules in English literature with practical and theoretical drama modules. You'll largely have flexibility to decide the precise balance between literature and drama in your course. You may, for example, choose to study a wide range of genres, including the novel and poetry, or gradually to specialise in dramatic literature and performance.

You will have access to the same range of literature modules as our full-time English literature students. That means you'll be able to delve into periods from the medieval to the present day, explore diverse traditions from across the globe, and tackle a heady mix of genres, which currently range from epic to children's literature, crime writing to satire, tragedy to biography. It's worth reading the detailed account of our BA English Literature degree to get a sense of the possibilities on offer.

In your practical drama modules you will work alongside full-time drama students in our professionally-equipped 200-seat Drama Studio. You'll have the keys to this amazing space, giving you the chance to control everything in your own productions, from performance and staging, to costume, lighting and sound-design. You'll have the chance to bring all your performance skills together in major practical projects each year.

Studying literature will deepen your practical work in the theatre. As you get inside the words of plays in the seminar room, you'll become better able to release their energies in your own performance. At the same time, your study of literature will be enriched by your performance work - you'll become a literary critic who understands how plays work from the inside. The two elements of your degree are always talking to one another.

You'll also benefit from our highly regarded, student run Minotaur Theatre Company, which gives you the chance to gain valuable additional performance, technical and scriptwriting experience.

Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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 WQ43
Institution code E14
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 ABB including an English Literature related subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM In an Arts/Humanities subject (usually Performing Arts). Accepted alongside an A-level English Literature related subject at grade B or above. BTEC Public Services and BTEC Business Administration are not accepted.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
including an English Literature module at level 3. Humanities and Social Sciences pathway preferred. Other relevant pathways may be accepted, please contact the University directly for further information.
Scottish Higher AAABB including an English Literature related subject.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal An English Literature related subject is required. Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points including grade 5 in higher level English. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
Scottish Advanced Higher BCC including an English Literature related subject.

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C.

If you do not have an A-Level or equivalent qualification in English Literature (or English Language and Literature), once you have submitted your UCAS form we may then contact you to ask you to submit a short analysis of a passage of a literary text in support of your application.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website or email

Additional entry requirements


Shortlisted candidates are invited to interview and audition as part of our assessment.


Shortlisted candidates are invited to interview and audition as part of our assessment.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum of 6.0 in any component)

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing). We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,600 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

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.

Provider information

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University of East Anglia UEA
Norwich Research Park

Course contact details

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01603 591515