Brunel University London has a long and successful tradition of offering joint programmes of study. The BA Theatre and English (Honours) degree provides a rich and exciting combination where you will draw upon the expertise and experience of both the Theatre and the English teaching teams.
In order to see the full range of possibilities for this joint honours degree, please check out the information provided on this page as well as the English BA Programme pages.
As a student on the BA Theatre and English (Honours) at Brunel University London, you will become part of an energetic, dynamic and creative community of students, artists and academics. Our programme has been designed for students who aspire to work in todays diverse theatre industry. The BA Theatre is highly practice focused and you will learn core skills in theatre making and performance while at the same time studying historical, theoretical and critical perspectives. Our teaching team of practitioners and artists are specialists in the fields of theatre, performance and live art, and you will taught in our purpose built Antonin Artaud Performance Centre, which houses a fully equipped main house and studio theatre, as well as a large suite of rehearsal and recording studios. You will be part of Brunels vibrant and creative Department of Arts and Humanities, as well as our friendly and welcoming campus community, which is an exciting and stimulating place to live and work. BA Theatre takes full advantage of our proximity to Londons international creative culture and theatre events.
To prepare you for a future in the theatre and creative industries, writing, education, further study and research or many other career paths, the joint honours BA Theatre and English at Brunel will provide you with opportunities to develop:
Acting, Directing, Applied Drama, Physical Theatre, Digital Performance, Musical Theatre and Playwriting;
The ability to read texts in increasingly complex and diverse ways, and to explore literature by looking at its structures and forms as well as the varying contexs in which it is produced and read;
Skills in critical thinking, as well as knowledge and understanding of the concepts and models used in the practice and study of theatre; theoretical debates arising from theatre as a live event; and current issues around the creative importance of theatre production;
Specialisms in a wide range of literature according to your own particular tastes and interests, be they in contemporary poetry, drama, fiction, literatures of the past or literatures form cultures remote from your own;
Opportunities for career-focused work experience;
Skills for life and work including leadership, independent thinking, working with a team, research and presentation skills;
Creative thinking and solutions focused on the realities of the fast growing UK Creative Economy.
Perspectives: Performance Analysis (Theatre)
Ensemble Production (Theatre)
Reading Resilience (English)
Learning London (English)
Plus two from the following Theatre creative skills modules:
Acting: Essential Skills
Applied Drama Practice: an Introduction
Digital Performance 1
Directing 1: Contexts, Theories and Practices
Musical Theatre 1
Physical Theatre 1: Between Dance and Theatre
Perspectives 2 (Theatre)
Plus two of the following Theatre skills modules:
Acting: Beyond Naturalism
Directing 2: Contexts, Theories and Practices
Writing 2: Experiments in Language for Performance
Applied Drama Practice: Project
Physical Theatre 2: Performance and Embodiment
Digital Performance 2
Performance as Research
And three of the following English modules:
Nineteenth Century Novel
Shakespeare Text and Performance
Romanticism and Revolution
The Womens Movement and 20th Century Writing
Level 3 Core
You will undertake a substantial practical or written dissertation project in your final year:
Final production (practical)
Written Dissertation (in either subject)
Plus four of the following to create a 50% balance between Theatre and English
Perspectives 3: Battling with Ideas
Professional Experience and Development
The Canon Reloaded
Advanced Physical Theatre
New Writing: Page to Stage
Advanced Musical Theatre
Writing Modern Fiction
Writing Modern Drama
Post-War and Late 20th Century Literature
Victorian Literature and Culture
Single Author Study
Post-Millenial British Fiction
Critical Perspectives: Historical Perspectives
Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature
Erotic Bodies: Gender, Sexuality and Modern Writing
A Sinking Island?: British Poetry After Modernism and Postmodernism
The African-American Novel
20th Century Socio-Political Drama
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
GCE A-level AAB ABB. Typical offer AAB, including Grade B in Theatre Studies, Drama or Performing Arts and Grade B in English.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D in a related subject (Applicants without A-level English will be required to submit a written sample of work on request).
BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D in a related subject with an A-Level in English, Theatre Studies, Drama or Performing Arts at grade A.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-Levels grade AA including English and Theatre Studies, Drama or Performing Arts.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 35 points including Higher Level 5 in English and Theatre.
Access to Higher EducationDiploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. All English units must be Distinctions at level 3. Relevant Access course must be in English or Theatre related subject.
Applicants with relevant theatre experience may also be considered.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
English Language Requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Brunel University.