BA English and Drama
|Typical offer||AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD|
English and Drama at the University of Exeter is a challenging and flexible degree that builds on two internationally-renowned centres of excellence in research, teaching and theatre practice. Our teaching grows out of our wide-ranging, world-leading research interests and we provide a supportive and high-quality environment for learning.
The programme provides you with a sense of the range and variety of literary works, introduces you to theoretical approaches that enable you to engage critically with texts understood in their historical and cultural contexts, and develops your critical, imaginative and practical engagement with the social, historical and cultural contexts of theatre.
English modules are taught by staff with expertise in literature from the Middle Ages to the present, in cinema throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, and in creative writing practices in poetry, prose and screen-writing. Drama modules are taught by staff with expertise in theatre, drama and performance theory from the classical era to the present, and in practice fields including acting, directing, scriptwriting, voice, applied theatre, live art, digital theatre crafts, music theatre, puppetry, dance, and intercultural performance training.
The programme covers a wide range of material allowing you to develop and follow your own interests with the provision of modules by active researchers who are at the forefront of their respective fields.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The English and Drama degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.
Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.
Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.
Full module descriptions
Entry requirements 2019
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD
GCE AL English Literature grade A; IB English HL6.
Candidates may offer either GCE AL English Literature or English Language and Literature. Candidates taking the IB should offer English syllabus A.
Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL English Literature or English Language and Literature.
We try to see as many applicants as possible before making an offer, and normally interview applicants who may be offering alternative qualifications. A large proportion of applicants are invited to attend a day-long workshop and interview. A short interview with an individual member of staff is combined with staff-led and separate student-led studio sessions along with a chance to explore our facilities. Working and talking with each other and with present students are important features of this experience. The day runs from midday to 6pm.
Programmes with Study Abroad
Entry for programmes ‘with Study Abroad’ is offered on the basis that you will spend your time abroad at an institution where the teaching and examining is delivered in English. However, we also have partners that teach in French, Spanish and German. Should you wish to study at one of these institutions you will need to take modules through the Foreign Language Centre up to ‘Advanced’ standard in the appropriate language. In order to reach this standard before the year abroad, students usually need to have entered the University with the equivalent of a good GCSE or AS level (or higher) in that language.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Humanities, Law and Social Science.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
You will be taught by internationally respected research-active staff. We use a wide variety of techniques and approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. Our teaching methods make full use of seminars, studio sessions, study groups, workshops, lectures, and web-based learning. In English, all our modules centre the learning experience on seminars, involving groups of between 10 and 20 students, typically running for two hours. In Drama, you will be involved in studio-based learning, typically in 3-hour studio sessions of 10-20 students, in each year of the degree. At the start of the programme the emphasis is on collaborative group work which becomes the basis for development of your individual interests and skills later on.
Option modules in your second and third years allow you to specialise in what most interests you.
You will be assessed in all years through a variety of assessment methods. Assessment in English is through a mixture of methods that includes essays, examinations and group presentation work. The ratio of formal examination to coursework is on average 40:60. Assessment in Drama includes continuous assessment, essay, performance and portfolio, or viva interview. Most work is assessed as coursework through studio practice, seminar and essay and there are currently no formal examinations for Drama modules.
Study Abroad is the opportunity to study at one of our renowned partner universities around the world. Last year over 300 College of Humanities students from all disciplines took advantage of a year abroad in countries across the globe.
All students in Humanities can choose to study abroad as part of their degree. The year abroad takes place in the third year of a four-year degree programme. You can apply directly for the four-year 'with Study Abroad' programme, or transfer from another programme once you are at Exeter.
English graduates from the University of Exeter benefit from a degree which is internationally recognised and compete very successfully in the employment market. 6 months after graduation 97.2%* of our English graduates are in work and / or further study.
Graduating with a degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of different careers. Oral and written communication is at the heart of our programme and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Through a balance of independent study and teamwork you will learn to manage your time and workload effectively.
Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, arts management, publishing, journalism, marketing, finance and events management, working for companies such as:
Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:
MA Cultural Heritage Management
MA English Literary Studies
PGCE English primary
MA Magazine Journalism
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills
The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.
*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.