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BA Drama and Creative Writing develops your writing skills across a range of styles and genres. It also deepens your knowledge and understanding of writing as a profession in the UK creative economy.

Please note: Drama and Creative Writing is not currently taking applications for 2019/20 entry.

Why study Drama and Creative Writing?

Drama and Creative Writing will empower you with the necessary skills and knowledge to engage with the world around you through theatre-making and literature. Vocational modules and a comprehensive support system will prepare you for a career in the creative industries.

Graduates may progress on to postgraduate study or follow a career as a professional writer, teacher, journalist, arts administrator or academic.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s has outstanding vocational programmes in Drama and Creative Writing. Our graduates have established careers as writers and theatre-makers in a range of contexts.

If you are looking for progression routes, we offer postgraduate degrees in Creative Writing: First Novel, London Theatre and Playwriting.

Key facts

  • A vocational programme, preparing you for a future in the creative industries, or education, or further study and research
  • Taught by academics and published authors/playwrights
  • Opportunities for readings, performances and film production of your work
  • Taught on our London campus, with direct transport links to Waterloo station and located near to Heathrow Airport
Please note: Drama and Creative Writing is subject to validation.

Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required


A Levels


BTEC Extended

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Additional requirement information

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Course content

Modules in this programme cover a range of broad topics – delivering practical classes to underpin the theory of Drama in Education and what affect it can have in a range of settings.

Year one

  • Contextual Studies 1: Acting in Theory and Practice 
  • Reading Across Literary Forms 
  • Writing Short Fiction 

Year two

  • Contextual Studies 2: Theatre History 
  • Performance 3: Devising 
  • Screenwriting One 
  • The Publishing Industry 

Year three

  • Creative Thinking and Theatre-Making 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

The aim of this vocational degree programme is to prepare you for a future in the creative industries, education, or further study and research.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The programme is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and practical projects.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

There are a variety of modes of assessment including, essays, dissertation, presentations, practical work, creative portfolios and other creative outputs.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.


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Further information

UCAS Application Timeline