Drama: Education & Community BA (Hons)

This course offers unique opportunities for drama students who are interested in socially engaged practice. Utilising our strong links in the city and region, students will develop work in a variety of education, health and community contexts, including: early years, formal and informal education, mental health, people in care, pupil referral units, prisons and hospitals. This degree will allow you to gain enhanced vocational skills which will enable you to devise performances that explore change in the world we live in.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018

Course overview

At the heart of our courses is a commitment to socially engaged practice, which means that you will make empowering, vital and important drama experiences. Our courses ask you to think about how and why performance matters in the 21st century. If you want to be challenged and inspired, if you are creatively driven to make contemporary drama then York St John University is the place for you.

Course structure

The programme is designed so you, the student, can work, create and study alongside the tutors in enquiry based learning, and take charge of developing the individual direction of your learning This will take place through the creation of live works for public consumption, field trips, meeting and working with various ‘community’ groups and creating documents. Alongside the doing and making of theatre you will also be required to engage with critical and philosophical theory, reading what at times may at first glance appear to be complex and difficult texts. You will be required to think and analyse these texts in order to deepen your own learning and bring this understanding to bear on the creation of drama processes, theatre images and experiences.

The complementary combination of practice and theory enriches the learning experience allowing skills and knowledge introduced in year one to evolve throughout the duration of the programme. This will be delivered through:

  • Develop your skills as a drama workshop practitioner, a key skill in Drama: Education & Community, whether working with adult communities or working with young people in formal and informal settings to running a rehearsal with professional actors.
  • Acting (voice and movement techniques) normally assessed through an extended duet from a pre-existing play text and taught in collaboration with York Theatre Royal.
  • Working as an ensemble in bringing a dramatic text to performance, this has recently included Hamlet by William Shakespeare and the Birthday Party by Harold Pinter. This work will conclude with an ensemble performance of the chosen text.
  • Practice as an ensemble in devising a large outdoor piece of drama & theatre for the opening of the faculty of arts create festival at the end of the academic year.
  • Engage in writing for theatre which will allow you to find your ‘voice’ as a writer across many modes (monologues, dialogues, plays, spoken word). Within this module you will perform in a venue in the city of York as part of a ‘soirée’ and also produce a ‘zine of your writings.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

88-104 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate a knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example involvement in both devised and text-based (script) work, creating new performance pieces, and/or engagement with contemporary theatre.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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