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English and Theatre Studies (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

What will I learn?

Taught by expert staff from the Department of English and the School of Theatre Studies, this course emphasises the relationship between writer, text, performer, critic, playing place and society within a historical, political and cultural context. You will have many opportunities to see a diverse range of productions at the world-renowned theatres at nearby Stratford-upon-Avon and on campus at Warwick Arts Centre.

Theatre Studies modules examine developments in theatrical theory and practice, often focusing on plays related to theatrical and political history, and emphasising how past movements have shaped the theatre of the present. English Literature elements focus on the close study of literary texts, exploring form and meaning. You will learn to understand and critically analyse texts, and to present persuasive and coherent written and oral arguments while developing independent thought, judgement and creativity. This gives you a distinct advantage in the workplace.

Your first year comprises three core modules – British Theatre Since 1939, Medieval to Renaissance English Literature (taught by the Department of English) and Introduction to Theatre and Performance (taught by the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies). Your fourth module is an option, selected from within the Department of English or the School of Theatre Studies; or you may choose a language module. In your second year you will take Drama and Democracy (core English module), a core Theatre module, plus two module options offered by the English and Theatre Departments. Or you may take an approved outside option or a language. Your final year includes two core modules, Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time and a Theatre module. You also choose two further options from within or outside the two departments, including a dissertation, which allows you to carry out individual research on an area of your choice.

How will I learn?

You will experience small-group teaching – the traditional weekly seminar – and central lectures on core modules. You will also encounter Warwick’s uniquely developed ‘open space learning’, which uses performance-based and creative techniques to transform your learning experience.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment combines the traditional (essays and written examinations) with the innovative (creative projects, portfolios and performance). For example, in our Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time module, student creative work has recently included film and radio adaptations, musical compositions, painting, sculpture and photography inspired by Shakespeare’s texts.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

  • Entry Requirements

    A level AAB, to include A at A level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.

    International Baccalaureate 36 points, including 6 in Higher Level English

    Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

    General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    Essential Subjects

    Advanced or Higher level qualifications in English Literature, normally grade A (predicted or achieved). A level English Language is acceptable in addition to English Literature, but is not normally acceptable as a substitute. Combined A level English Language/Literature is acceptable, providing evidence of wider reading in literature is shown in your Personal Statement.

    Further Information

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed, but competition is likely to be intense.

    Interviews We prefer to interview candidates before making an offer. Interviews are tailor-made to each individual and designed to explore your suitability for study at Warwick, so they do not follow a set pattern. Separate arrangements will be made for international students to complete an online interview.

    Open Days All applicants who receive an offer are invited to a Departmental Open Day, held during the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules can I study?

First year modules may include British Theatre since 1939; Medieval to Renaissance English Literature; Epic into Novel; Modes of Reading; From Text to Performance and Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies.

Second year modules may include Drama and Democracy; Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture; European Theatre; Plays, Playing Places and Performances in Medieval and Elizabethan England; Early Modern Drama; Restoration Drama; Othello; Shakespeare and the Law, as well as additional choices from Theatre Studies or English.

Final year modules could include Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time, a dissertation in Theatre Studies or English, and additional modules from within Theatre Studies or English or an approved outside option.

Find out more about the degree structure and module options. 

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Where can my degree take me?

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: British Council, Institute of Economic Affairs, Alzheimer's Society, Oxford University Press. Job roles include: Student and Community Engagement Campaigner, Commission Assistant, Equality and Diversity Policy Manager.

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Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB to include A at A level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.
IB: 36 points including 6 in Higher Level English


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

School of Theatre and Performance Studies

Student blogs

Sophie Miller - English Literature and Creative Writing

Rachel Chellapah - Theatre and Performance Studies

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.