Theatre Studies and English with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
Birkbeck, University of London
Key Course Facts
Are you passionate about live performance and theatre practice, but equally interested in literature? Birkbeck’s location in Bloomsbury in London’s West End makes it an ideal place to study theatre and English.
Our BA Theatre Studies and English with Foundation Year is taught by world-class experts and allows you to explore a diverse and exciting range of theatre and drama practices, theories, institutions, companies and artists from across the world, from Ancient Greece to the present day. You will also receive essential training in performance analysis, theatre and performance history, cultural theory and research methods. Combining lectures, seminars and workshops, and visits to theatres and cultural institutions, there is no better place to pursue your love of theatre and English.
Before proceeding to the main degree, you will spend your Foundation Year preparing yourself for a degree in the arts by improving your study and research skills and gaining arts-related knowledge and understanding. You will also have the opportunity to take a language module as part of the Foundation Year.
Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can automatically progress on to our three-year, full-time, evening study BA Theatre Studies and English.
We also offer part-time Foundation Year degrees which allow you to spread out your Foundation Year studies over two years. As the 'Foundation Year' is made up of 120 credits, as a part-time student you can take 60 credits in each of your first and second years before starting the main four-year BA Theatre Studies and English. This means that you can take six years to complete the part-time degree with Foundation Year.
Our Foundation Year programmes will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. They are ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you did not achieve the grades you needed for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group - now home to our School of Arts - and be taught by leading novelists, dramatists and artists. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the Peltz Gallery, the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space.
Based at the heart of one of the world's most exciting cities, we combine lectures, seminars and workshops with visits to theatres and other cultural and artistic institutions, and we frequently collaborate with leading arts, cultural, theatre and dance and performing arts organisations, allowing you to ground your studies in real-world practice.
The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.
Below you can see course specific reviews for 6 graduates of Theatre Studies and English with Foundation Year BA (Hons) at Birkbeck, University of London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Theatre Studies.
Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.
Salary of all UK Graduates of Theatre Studies
|15 months after graduation||3 years after graduation||5 years after graduation|
|25-75 percentile range||£16589 - £23593||£13659 - £23163||£16817 - £28081|
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What You Will Learn
Programme content: As a student of Theatre Studies and English with Foundation Year, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.
Jobs & Career Perspectives
15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.
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|15%||Skilled trades occupations|
|15%||Artistic, literary and media occupations|
|15%||Business and public service associate professionals|
|5%||Secretarial and related occupations|
|5%||Managers, directors and senior officials|
|5%||Other Educational Professionals|
|5%||Protective service occupations|
Grading & Study Time
Study Time Distribution
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Minimum Required UCAS Tariff
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Mphil / PhD
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Tuition Fees Theatre Studies and English with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
|England UK||£9250||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||year 1|
Additional fee information
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
How to apply
January 1, 2024
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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About Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Mathematics/Theatre Studies MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||87%||0%||2%||£27750||£70480||208||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts BA (Hons)||Leeds Beckett University||60%||2%||15%||£9250||£10500||90||Leeds||On campus Full-time|
|German/Theatre Studies MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||89%||0%||5%||£27750||£79290||200||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Music/Theatre Studies MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||87%||0%||5%||£27750||£70480||205||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts BA (Hons)||University of Sunderland||72%||0%||6%||£9250||£13000||143||Sunderland||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts BA (Hons)||University of Bedfordshire||29%||10%||10%||£9250||£13200||95||Luton||On campus Full-time|
|Geography/Theatre Studies MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||87%||0%||0%||£27750||£70480||192||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Theatre and Performing Arts PgCert||Rose Bruford College||87%||0%||0%||£3250||£9000||192||Sidcup||On campus Part-time|
|Portuguese/Theatre Studies MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||87%||5%||2%||£27750||£79290||202||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts with Foundation Year BA (Hons)||Canterbury Christ Church University||33%||0%||10%||£9250||£14500||104||Canterbury||On campus Full-time|