Liverpool John Moores University

Drama and English Literature Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate


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The BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University offers you the chance to complete a work placement in the USA plus extensive opportunities to take part in theatre productions across Liverpool.

  • Drama at LJMU ranked 20th best in the country in the 2019 Guardian league table

  • Exciting and unique opportunity to undertake a work placement in the USA

  • Opportunities to perform in theatre productions all over Liverpool

  • Teaching from critically acclaimed writers, directors, actors and academics

  • Extensive range of literary texts studied, from Shakespeare to Fight Club

  • Paid or voluntary work placements to improve your employability

Course details


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

Level 4

•Acting skills
•Theatre: the big ideas
•Collaborative playmaking
•Reading English
•Literary and cultural theory
•Literature in context: Britain in the 1950s

Level 5

•Creating theatre
•Performance: the big ideas

The following options are typically offered:

•The drama specialist
•Technical theatre
•Page to stage: reading the play
•Options in practice
•Study year abroad
•Adolescence and writing
•The author
•Cultures of childhood
•International experience
•International perspectives on literature
•Further perspectives on theory
•Modernism and modernity
•Postcolonial writing: power, art and protest
•Relating gender: fiction from the nineteenth century to the present
•Romanticism: revolution, reaction & representation
•Short cuts: writing in brief
•Stage worlds: early modern drama and culture
•The Victorians: realism and sensation
•American spaces
•Prison voices: narratives of crime and punishment in the 19th century
•Working in the USA
•Imagined maps: space, place, land and time in Irish and Scottish cultural imaginations
•English work experience
•English independent study

Level 6

•Directing the play
•Drama reflection
•Planning a festival
•Drama festival
•Researching drama
•Drama at work
•English dissertation
•Art and writing
•Contemporary poetry
•Feminist fictions: contemporary women's writing and the politics of feminism
•Genres of travel
•Forgetting and remembering: slaves, soldiers, strikers
•1660s - 1680s: cultural intersections in Restoration England
•Locating madness
•English independent
•Our House: representing domestic space
•Post-Millennial British Fiction
•Race in America
•Representing masculinities
•Tales of the market: capitalism and critique
•Terrorism and modern literature
•Vamps and villains: exploring Gothic Fiction
•World literature: writing from the periphery
•Writing Lives: collaborative research project on working-class autobiography
•Writing the real: contemporary non-fiction
•Late Modernism
•Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in contemporary literature and culture
•Transitions: Identities in the interwar years

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

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.

We believe that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. In some final year modules, you can choose how you want to be assessed.

You will have practical assessments for Drama, which could be in the form of presentations (performing in or directing a show, for example), painting a set, or designing lights or costumes.

Theoretical assessments for both Drama and English could include exams, essays, presentations, reports, blogs, class tests, viva voces, portfolio work, analytical exercises, wiki entries or a dissertation.

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 21 days but your personal tutor and course lecturers will give regular constructive feedback as well. This is particularly useful in helping you to identify your strengths in addition to the areas where you may need to put in more work.

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 QW34
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 qualities:

A real enthusiasm for literature and for finding out about the societies and ideas that produce and infuse it. We'll be looking for evidence that you've read widely outside your set-texts, and are interested in writing from a range of different eras and cultures.
The ability to express your own ideas and opinions in a clear and lively way.
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 well 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.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview and audition.

International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
A level BCC Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
Subject specific requirements: Grade C in 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) Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Extended diploma subjects / grades required: 104 UCAS points when combined with A2 Grade C in English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature
Access to HE Diploma D: 9 credits
M: 36 credits
Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, including English at Level 3, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Additional information: 104 Points to include 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 Points including 5 Highers - must include grade H4 in English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature

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
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L1 2UA

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