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BA HonsEnglish and Theatre Studies

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This course will help you develop into the kind of articulate,
creative and self-driven individual that is highly employable in many
sectors including performance, journalism, teaching, management,
community arts practice and youth work. With a number of opportunities
to get involved as a creative arts practitioner outside the academic
environment, you can even begin building an impressive professional CV
while you work toward your degree.

During the course you will:

  • Simultaneously acquire skills and knowledge in two subject
  • Engage with the relationship between text and performance
  • Undertake both theoretical and practical study
  • Participate in creative writing workshops, acting classes and
    theatre productions
  • Develop your writing and creative writing skills
  • Gain genuine work experience as a creative arts practitioner
  • Enjoy access to professionally equipped 280-seat and 80-seat
    studio theatres
  • Specialise in a chosen area of English studies in line with your
    career aspirations
  • Produce a dissertation through creative practice, in either
    theatre making or creative writing

Areas of study you may cover on this course include:

  • Acting, directing, devising
  • Creative writing
  • Production work
  • Literature in history
  • American, African and Irish literature
  • Film studies
  • Elizabethan and Jacobean drama
  • 19th and 20th century literature
  • Children’s fiction


Career opportunities


The BA in English and Theatre embraces the philosophy of SOAR, the
University of Bedfordshires student centred process of integrating
personal, academic and career development. SOAR is an acronym
representing the dynamic relationships between Self, Opportunity,
Aspirations, and Results.

The development of self-awareness is an integral part of the
assessment process. You will either be required to or given the
opportunity to discuss and reflect on your performance in relation to
the relevant assessment criteria. In this way, an open dialogue about
yourself and your performance becomes an intrinsic part of the
assessment process. The development of self awareness is also an
integral part of the personal tutoring system in which you will
reflect on your academic performance with your personal tutor at
various points throughout your studies. Together, you will identify
areas of strength and weakness, and agree on appropriate action

Throughout your studies you will also be made aware of opportunities
to develop yourself and your career. At the beginning of the course,
you will attend an introduction to the Universitys Centre for Personal
and Career Development, and be made aware of a number of support
services they can offer, such as information on careers and
postgraduate studies, one-to-one careers advisory sessions, online
tools to develop your career management skills, help with CVs,
testing, and interviews, opportunities for volunteering and work
placements, and job searches. Your personal tutor will also discuss
potential career opportunities with you during regular personal
tutorials, and advise you on how to best prepare yourself for your
chosen career within the structure of the degree as part of Personal
Development Planning. Subject specific information on training, work
placements, and job opportunities will be regularly placed on BREO. In
addition, you will be invited to attend open sessions on Careers in
the Creative Industries that are taught on the BA in Contemporary
Theatre Practice.

The course also offers you ample opportunities to generate, clarify,
test, decide and implement aspirations, both for the present and the
future. Throughout the degree you will have to plan and manage
academic and creative projects, in theatre as well as creative
writing. This will help you to identify goals, to put them into
practice, and to assess the outcomes. Your career aspirations will be
discussed in personal tutorials, and you and your tutor will discuss a
strategy for realizing these aspirations.

Finally, you will be encouraged to demonstrate results. The course
teaches you vital skills in oral and written communication. You will
be encouraged to document your work through the writing of creative
logbooks, and through the creation of portfolios of practical and
written work. You will present your theatre work in public

For this purpose, you will have to actively promote and market your
work. Your personal tutor will monitor your records of your
achievement via your Progress File.


On completing this course you are likely to progress into the
following areas:

  • Teaching
  • Socially Engaged Arts Project Leader
  • Acting/Devising/Directing
  • Running a Small-Scale Theatre Company
  • Creative and Commercial Writing
  • Arts Administration
  • Marketing
  • Journalism

Further study:

PGCE in Drama/Theatre and/or English

MA in Drama, Theatre, Applied Theatre, Acting

MA in English

MA in Creative Writing

MA in Playwriting

MSc in Arts Management (University of Bedfordshire)

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States