Liverpool John Moores University

Drama Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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As a student on the BA (Hons) Drama at Liverpool John Moores University you will have extensive opportunities to develop your creative and performance skills using our dedicated drama centre and newly refurbished drama studio, and also through our links with leading theatre companies and drama organisations in Liverpool and beyond.

  • Drama at LJMU ranked 20th best in the country in the 2019 Guardian University League Table

  • Opportunities to perform regularly in theatre productions all over Liverpool plus paid or voluntary work placements to improve your employability

  • Professional guidance from working practitioners to help you develop your creative skills in acting, stage management, directing, marketing, publicity and many more

  • Strong links with local organisations including Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, The Unity Theatre, Hope Street Ltd and the BBC

  • Friendly and creative atmosphere in the Joe H Makin Drama Centre and a final year Festival entirely organised and delivered by students

  • Start month: September

  • Campus location: Mount Pleasant Campus

Course details


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

Level 4

•Theatre Cultures
•Spontaneous Theatre
•Theatre: The Big Ideas
•Acting the Text
•Collaborative Playmaking
•Acting Skills

Level 5

•The Drama Specialist
•Creating Theatre
•Page to Stage: Reading the Play
•Performance: The Big Ideas
•Options in Practice
•Technical Theatre

Level 6

•Drama at Work
•Drama Reflection
•Directing the Play
•Drama Festival
•Researching Drama
•Festival Planning

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 60% practical and 40% theory and this is reflected in the different assessments used for each module.

Practical assessments could be in the form of presentations (performing in or directing a show, for example), painting a set or designing lights or costumes, writing a script, managing a production, or performing a stand-up set.

Theoretical assessments could be exams, essays, seminar presentations, class tests, viva voces and 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. We also utilise self and peer assessment to further enhance the quality of our assessment and feedback.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • DramaUK

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 W400
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:

Evidence of an enthusiastic and sustained interest in Drama.
Good performance skills: vocal, physical and intellectual.
Time management, as you will have to work to show deadlines on a regular basis.
Flexibility: we often rehearse and perform in the evenings and at weekends.
These qualities will be assessed through an interview and an audition 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 Interview and Audition Criteria

We always ask applicants to audition and interview with us. There are two practical audition requirements: the Solo audition and the Workshop audition. There is also a Seminar interview to assess academic skills. Here’s what we’ll be looking for:

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 or non standard applicants. These students should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview and audition.

International Applicants: We welcome overseas applicants, who will be considered in line with normal entry requirements.
A level BCC Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
Subject specific requirements: Not applicable
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 required from a relevant subject 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
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points
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

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

Course contact details

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

0151 231 5175