Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

QW34

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Department

English and Comparative Literature
Theatre and Performance

Course overview

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

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Frank Krause

What you'll study

Pathways

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.

Year 1 (credit level 4) 

You will study the following modules.

Year 1 Modules Module title Credits
  Approaches to Text 30 credits
  Introduction to Poetry 15 credits
  Introduction to Literature of the Victorian Period 15 credits
  Analytic Vocabularies A 15 credits
  Scenography 15 credits
  Introduction to Dramaturgy 15 credits
  Drama Production: Summer Projects 15 credits

You will study the last Drama Production module listed above, in the summer term.

Year 2 (credit level 5)

English modules

You choose modules to the value 60 credits, of which 30 credits encompass pre-1800 literature, such as Drama & Transgression: From Prometheus to Faust, Literature of the English Renaissance, Literature of the Later Middle Ages, Old English, Restoration & 18th-century Literature, Sensibility & Romanticism and Shakespeare. Modules may vary from year to year, but here are some other recent 30 credit modules that have been available:

Year 2 English Modules Module title Credits
  Drama and Transgression: From Prometheus to Faust 30 credits
  Inventing the Nation: American Literature in the mid-19th Century 30 credits
  Literature of the English Renaissance 30 credits
  Literature of the Later Middle Ages: Society and the Individual 30 credits
  Moderns 30 credits
  Old English 30 credits
  Post-Victorian English Literature 30 credits
  Restoration and 18th-Century Literature 30 credits
  Sensibility and Romanticism: Revolutions in Writing and Society 30 credits
  Shakespeare 30 credits
  Sociolinguistics: Language-use, Variation, and Identity 15 credits
  Contemporary Arab Migrant Writing 15 credits
  Aspects of the Novel 15 credits
  Discourse and Society 15 credits

Drama modules

You choose between one of the two module sets below (to the value of 60 credits).

Either Module title Credits
  Questions of Performance 15 credits
  Elements of Theatre History 30 credits
  Modernisms and Postmodernity B: Options 15 credits
or Module title Credits
  Theatre Making 2 30 credits
  Modernisms and Postmodernity A 15 credits
  Elements of Theatre History 30 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6) – English Pathway

If you choose to follow the English pathway then you will study the following modules. You take an interdisciplinary dissertation – a pass in this is compulsory for the award of the degree.

English modules

You choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the recommended list. Modules may vary from year to year, but recent modules have included:

Year 3 English Modules Module title Credits
  Caribbean Women Writers 30 credits
  Creating the Text 30 credits
  Decadence 30 credits
  The Emergence of Modern America: American Literature 1890–1940 30 credits
  Moderns 30 credits
  Modern American Fiction 30 credits
  Modern Poetry 30 credits
  Sensibility and Romanticism: Revolutions in Writing and Society 30 credits
  The Art of the Novel 30 credits
  Literature of the English Renaissance 30 credits
  Postcolonial Literatures in English 30 credits
  Studies in Literature and Film 30 credits
  Professional Communication 30 credits

Drama Modules

You will take:

Year 3 Drama Modules Module title Credits
  Culture and Performance A 15 Credits
  or
  Culture and Performance A 15 Credits
  Culture and Performance B: Options 15 Credits

Year 3 (credit level 6) - Drama Pathway

If you choose to follow the Drama pathway then you will study the following modules. You take an interdisciplinary dissertation – a pass in this is compulsory for the award of the degree. 

English Modules

You choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the recommended list. Modules may vary from year to year, but recent modules have included:

Year 3 Drama Pathway Module title Credits
  Caribbean Women Writers 30 credits
  Creating the Text 30 credits
  Decadence 30 credits
  The Emergence of Modern America: American Literature 1890–1940 30 credits
  Approaches to Language and the Media 15 credits
  Modern American Fiction 30 credits
  Modern Poetry 30 credits
  Modernism & Drama (1880-1930) 30 credits
  The Art of the Novel 30 credits
  Oedipus: Myths, Tragedies and Theories 30 credits
  Postcolonial Literatures in English 30 credits
  Studies in Literature and Film 30 credits
  Narratives of the Great War (1923-1933) 15 credits
  Work Placement (English) 15 credits

Drama modules

Either Module title Credits
  Culture and Performance B: Options 15 Credits
  or
  Theatre Making 3: Laboratory and Projects 15 credits + 30 credits
  Culture and Performance A 15 Credits
  or
  Culture and Performance A 15 Credits

Teaching style

This programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory sessions. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 10% scheduled learning, 90% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 31% coursework, 50% written exam, 19% practical
  • Year 2 - 41% coursework, 32% written exam, 28% practical
  • Year 3 - 100% coursework

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for the traditional pathway in 2018/19. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about .

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

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

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%, preferably including English
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

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

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Selection process

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.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2019/20 academic year.

  • Home/EU - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £15040

Please note that EU fees are being fixed at the above rate for 2019 entry. The fee level will be fixed for the duration of your programme.

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

If you're an international student interested in studying part-time, please contact our Admissions Team to find out if you're eligible.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Careers

Skills

This degree will enable you to become articulate, critical, independent and self-initiating by developing a range of transferable skills, including the ability to:

  • develop analytical skills and proficiency in assessing evidence
  • work practically as an individual and in groups
  • analyse personal practice in relation to theoretical models
  • research and present complex information
  • present ideas and analysis in a variety of formats
  • document and record ideas and information
  • take responsibility for your own ideas and respond creatively to the ideas of others
  • work to a deadline
  • share work responsibly
  • communicate and write clearly
  • practise self-discipline

These skills are attractive to a variety of employers, and apply to many different career paths.

Careers

When you graduate you might, like many of our students, go on to work in the theatre or related media, in publishing, administration, programming, project management, development work, marketing and publicity, management or technical production. You can read more about career options after you graduate on our English and Drama careers pages.

You may choose undertake further specialist training to work as a teacher or arts therapist, or go on to higher level academic study.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

About the department

3rd year undergraduate student Tash takes us on a tour of the English and Comparative Literature department to meet some of her tutors and see what sort of events and activities you can get involved in at Goldsmiths.