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Drama and Education is designed for students wishing to become either drama teachers or applied theatre practitioners. As an alternative to a general drama degree, it provides subject knowledge and skills required for employment.

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

Why study Drama and Education?

Drama and Education is an ideal pathway if you wish to become a drama teacher in a secondary school or further education setting. As an alternative to a general first degree in Drama or Theatre Arts, the programme will equip you with the subject knowledge and skills required by drama teachers. It also offers you the possibility to progress on to a career in community theatre, drama facilitation and other sectors of applied theatre.

The degree has been developed in consultation with secondary school drama teachers and applied theatre practitioners ensuring that it will provide you with the understanding required to deliver GCSE, A Level and BTEC syllabi in Drama.

It will also develop your practical skills in devising and directing, writing and adaptation, workshop facilitation and project management and delivery. These technical drama skills will enable you to contribute to both curricular and extra-curricular work in schools and equip you with the skills necessary to fulfil the role of a workshop leader in a range of applied theatre settings.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s has an outstanding reputation for its education programmes and vocational drama degrees. As part of The University Drama School, you will benefit from Drama’s expertise in applied theatre and drama in education.

For those looking for progression routes St Mary’s offers MA programmes in Creative Writing: The First Novel, London Theatre and Playwriting.

Please note: complete of this is programme does not lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Those wishing to train to teach should progress on to a PGCE programme to achieve QTS.

Key facts

  • Taught by academics and industry professionals, offering education and training in both theory and practice
  • Designed by secondary school drama teachers and applied theatre practitioners to facilitate progression to postgraduate teacher training and/or employment in a range of applied theatre settings
  • Part of a suite of drama programmes that offer vocational training and industry contacts
  • Taught on our London campus, with direct transport links to Waterloo station and located near to Heathrow Airport
Please note: Drama and Education is subject to validation.

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.

Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

The programme is vocational and specifically addresses the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the fields of drama education and applied theatre.

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 taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Practical work is classroom-based, designed to simulate the conditions of working with schoolchildren and community groups.

Assessment methods

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


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* 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

Further information

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