Drama and English Literature - BA (Hons)

Grow into a confident, versatile and exciting drama practitioner, while exploring classic literature and genres ranging from sci-fi to children’s books.

Alongside this, you’ll explore many other subjects including history, politics, philosophy and religion as well as developing your literacy and communication skills.

Course details

You’ll work on public-productions and smaller-scale projects, exploring drama practices and texts from the 20th century onwards as well as working on original pieces.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Your deeper understanding of literary texts will improve your ability to interpret dramatic texts and your performance skills.

Our BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature degree lets you weight your studies to your own interests and career goals. Prepare for a career in the arts or fields such as teaching – and get ready to change the way others see the world.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Drama, Theatre Studies or a related subject.

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


Our Drama and English Literature BA (Hons) degree will give you practical experience as a performer or technician, and the academic understanding to be a director or a teacher.


You’ll show your progress on the course through a combination of essays, reports, oral presentations, and studio/public performance, as well as a major project involving practice-based research techniques.

  • A History of English Literature 1: Writing Matters
  • A History of English Literature 2: Reading Literature and Theory
  • Studio Performance
  • Staging and Production
  • Reading Beyond Britain
  • The European Novel: Desire and Transgression
  • Making Performance
  • Community Theatre Performance
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Dialogue and Debate: Renaissance Literature
  • Modernism and the City
  • Performing Shakespeare
  • Practice as Research
  • Performing New Writing
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Major Project in Drama or English
  • Festival of Performance

Optional modules

  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Careers with English
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës
  • Literature and Exile: Displacement, Identity, Self
  • New Media Discourse
  • Renaissance Magic
  • Romantic Ideals
  • Site Specific and Immersive Theatre
  • Spectacle and Representation in Renaissance Drama
  • Theorising Children’s Literature
  • TV Drama Production
  • Provocations
  • Workshop Facilitation