BA Theatre and English (4CC8)

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UCAS code 4CC8
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 8

About BA Theatre and English

This course combines theatre with the study of English. The theatre course provides you with the key skills to understand and make performance through exploring critical and historical frameworks alongside practical workshops. There are opportunities to engage with professional theatre-makers as well as our museum accredited archive, The Theatre Collection.

In your first year you will learn how to analyse performance and develop practical skills in theatre. In your second and third years, you will choose options that deepen your critical and practical expertise, culminating in independent study; either a group or individual theatre performance, an extended essay and/or an industrial placement.

For English, you will also study a broad range of literature written in English from the medieval period to the present day. This will include the close, analytical study of poetry, fiction and drama, and critical and theoretical approaches to studying literature.

In years one and two, the study of successive periods of English literature is complemented with work on individual authors, topics and genres. In your second and third years, you will be able to choose from a range of stimulating options and research-led special subjects. Year three is fully optional and includes the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing.

More about Theatre

Find out more about studying Theatre at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Critical Issues
  • Literature 1150-1550 or Literature 1550-1740
  • One of:
    • Critical Practice
    • Approaches to Poetry
    • Literature 11550-1550
    • Literature 1550-1740
    • Women Writers
    • Transformations
    • Texts in a Global Context
  • Performance Forms and Analysis
  • Production Skills for Performance I
  • Production Skills for Performance II
  • Criticism in the Arts or Staging the Text or Producing the Performance.

Second year

  • Literature 1740-1900 or Literature 1900-present
  • One of (indicative):
    • Old English Language and Literature
    • Chaucer and Chaucerians
    • Arthurian Literature
    • Shakespeare
    • Writing the City: London 1550-1740
  • Special subject followed by Literature 2 (1500-1700) or another second-year English unit
  • Performance Histories and/or Politics of Performance
  • Plus a choice of one (or two, depending on the choice above) from the following theatre units (indicative):
    • Performing the Archive
    • Popular Performance
    • Interpreting Plays
    • Choreography for Theatre
    • Devised Performance
    • Melodrama
    • Early Modern Theatre Practice

Third year

  • One of:
    • Eighteenth Century Prose Fiction
    • Victorian Fiction: Art and Ideas in the Marketplace
    • American Revolutions: Twentieth Century American Literature
    • British and Irish Poetry: 1900 to the present
    • Decolonising Literature and Literary Studies
  • One of (indicative):
    • Literatures of Slavery
    • Prison Writing
    • Celebrity Culture
  • Either an English special subject, an English dissertation, or other third-year English option
  • A choice of two theatre units: Devised Performance, Translation and Adaptation, Contemporary British Theatre.
  • Independent Study Units in theatre through one of the following:
    • Performance
    • Extended Essay
    • Placement in Creative Industry.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Theatre and English

Typical offer for BA Theatre and English - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including English Literature or Combined English Literature and Language
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in English Literature or Combined English Literature and Language
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level English
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level English
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit; additional written work may be required
BTEC offer DDD plus grade A in A-level English Literature
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH AA including English Literature
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall including 8.5 in English
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.

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