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An integrated programme in which the study of literature complements the theoretical and practical study of drama.

Please note: English and Drama (with a Foundation Year) is not currently taking applications for 2020/21 entry.

Why study English and Drama (with a Foundation Year)?

The BA in English and Drama at St Mary’s provides the best of an education in English Literature with opportunities to develop your knowledge of performance in theory and practice.

Unlike like most degrees in these two subjects, this is a ‘Single Honours’ programme, meaning that it has been designed from the ground up so that the two disciplines – English Literature and Drama – feed off each other in creative and practical ways.

In your English and Drama degree at St Mary’s you will learn about contemporary fiction and theatre, develop your understanding of international literature and theatre and have a sound historical understanding of the origins of modern literature and drama.

The programme is particularly aimed at applicants interested in dramatic and non-dramatic literature, who are not yet willing to commit to a full ‘conservatoire' training in drama, with a possible eye to working in education and the creative industries.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary's also has a prestigious BA in Acting, and because of this has a very strong drama society, which puts on many productions every year, and provides opportunities for all students to get involved in all aspects of theatre-making.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Drama Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in English and Drama.

Key facts

  • 100% of students indicated 'overall satisfaction' with the English course in the National Student Survey of 2017.
  • Fully integrated Single Honours programme, in which the study of literature complements the study of drama.
  • Excellent opportunities to get involved with student drama on campus.
  • Beautiful campus university giving full access to all the theatre that London has to offer.
Please note: English and Drama (with a Foundation Year) is subject to validation.

Entry requirements

48-72 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

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergraduate degree.

Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies 
  • Taking a Professional Approach 
  • The Individual Project 
  • Theatre Arts I 
  • Theatre Arts II 
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically 

Year one

  • Contemporary Fiction 
  • Introduction to Critical Theory 
  • London Theatre 
  • Tragedy 

Year two

  • Acting (Practical Module) 
  • Curating London 
  • Fiction and Theatre of the New Millennium 
  • Gothic Cultures 
  • Romanticism 
  • The Irish Literary Revival on Page and Stage 
  • Writing for Film and TV 
  • Writing the Renaissance 

Year three

  • Bob Dylan and the Lyricism of Protest 
  • Devising for Theatre (practical module) 
  • Final-year project/dissertation 
  • Literature and the Unconscious 
  • Literature of the First World War 
  • Modernism 
  • The Ancient and the Modern in Greek and Irish Theatre 

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

English and Drama graduates from St Mary’s have gone on to successful careers in a variety of fields such as publishing, charity work, writing for TV, such as EastEnders as well as HR, teaching, PR and businesses that value critical thinking skills.

Students also go on to study at postgraduate level for Master's degrees and PhDs.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to English and Drama 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

You can expect to be taught in a number of different ways, including traditional lectures as well as studio workshops and online discussions. Of particular importance at St Mary's are individual tutorials with lecturing staff, where our students can get guidance tailored to their individual needs.

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

Assessment methods

The full range of assessment methods is used in order to develop traditional academic skills as well as key transferable ones. Hence, there are traditional essays, a strictly limited number of exams, practical assessments, presentations, and extended projects that let students practise skills of relevance to their future careers.


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