The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Drama

Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Drama course aims to produce enterprising students who are capable of independent thought, of using their initiative, and of creative and critical engagement within the disciplines of drama, theatre and performance in regional, national and international contexts. With a strong vocational focus, thiscourse will help you develop the skills you need to use new technologies and enhance your future employability. You will also have the opportunity to acquire work experience as part of your studies by creating drama, performance and theatre projects in workplace contexts.


What happens on the course?

We specialise in three main strands of work – physical theatre, popular performance, and applied drama. During the degree you will acquire a portfolio of key skills and develop an understanding of why and how drama, theatre and performance practices work in different contexts. You will apply yourself to real-world settings and will engage in a substantial year-long project that will enhance your employability and deepen your knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to drama, theatre and performance.

In your first year, you will acquire subject-specific knowledge and a portfolio of key skills such as performance skills and the application of digital technology in performance settings. In your second year, you will develop an understanding of why and how drama, theatre and performance practices work in different contexts. In your third year, you will apply your knowledge, skills and understanding to ‘real world’ settings and will have the chance to work as a semi-independent professional.

Why Wolverhampton?

We continue to develop state of the art facilities which will greatly enhance your learning experience.

Our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre; The Performance Hub, opened in 2011 and is the home for all of our performance courses. The hub features two bespoke drama studios that are ideal for rehearsals and small performances. The studios feature audio/visual equipment and facilities for hanging lighting for performances.

What our students think

"The course, course leaders and organisation of the drama department is spot on."

"‘Excellent lecturers who are always enthusiastic in teaching."

"The tutors are always approachable and make you feel more confident and at ease knowing that they are there. The tutors are always on hand to offer support and guidance."

"Doing the course has helped me realise what I want to do now in life."

"The course involves a lot of group work, which presents a great opportunity to make friends. The course boosts your confidence both inside and outside university, and it also gives a great opportunity to show off talent."

"The vocational aspect of the course is stimulating, and it prepares you for the professional world."

Career path

A wide range of career opportunities are open to graduates including: teacher, performer, director, writer, stage technician or stage designer. Previous graduates have gone on to careers as stage technicians, playwrights and casting directors, while others have gone on to work in the media, marketing and management, and in schools and colleges. Alternatively, you could continue your academic studies by progressing on to our MA Drama and Performance (or other MA courses) and then eventually to a PhD. Following the degree you might also consider going on to train to teach, either through a PGCE course or a Graduate Teacher Programme.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • work both individually and in groups, and have developed a sensitive understanding of appropriate vocabularies and working methods
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of forms, practices, traditions, texts, theories and histories of drama, performance and theatre in their cultural, historical and contemporary contexts
  • analyse, critique and evaluate differing arguments about theatre, drama and performance in a variety of regional, national and international contexts
  • understand the relationship between practice and theory and be able to use that understanding in a dynamic, ethical and enterprising way, particularly in the development of your own career
  • apply a range of skills, techniques and new technologies to communicate information to specialist and non-specialist audiences and to find solutions to problems
  • use current and relevant theatre, performance and drama-related skills and technologies to enhance your employment prospects.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240 UCAS points with a minimum of 160 points from two 'A' Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Arts guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Prospective applicants will be asked to attend a selection event/audition

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.

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