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English Literature and Theatre Studies BA 2018 start

Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: QW34

Start date: September 2018

3 years

Typical A-level offer: AAA-AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


This exciting and diverse degree allows you to explore the full range of literature in English while studying theatre in workshop conditions. You’ll have the chance to study poetry, prose and drama across cultures and historical periods, as well as combining practical exploration and critical understanding of theatre.

You’ll build your knowledge base and gain the skills you need to succeed in core modules, where you’ll study poetry, prose and drama in their historical, social and political contexts and consider the role theatre can play in society.

From there you can also specialise in topics that interest you, when you choose from an impressive variety of optional modules. You could study Shakespeare and Sheridan alongside surrealism in French theatre and contemporary theatre practice, or you could study literature from Old English to contemporary and postcolonial narratives. You’ll explore some of humanity’s most powerful forms of cultural expression.

Specialist facilities

Leeds has fantastic facilities for literature and theatre students. The world-class Brotherton Library has an array of archive, manuscript and early printed material in its Special Collections, alongside other extensive library resources. All of this will be valuable for your independent research, and the University Library offers training programmes to help you make the most of our resources.

The University also has four performance and rehearsal spaces, fully equipped with lighting and sound, which are used for teaching and group work on theatre studies modules as well as performances.

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Course content

In your first year you’ll study core modules introducing you to different aspects of literary and theatre studies, including poetry, drama, prose, literary theory and criticism as well as approaches to exploring contemporary theatre practice. This will allow you to develop your skills in analysing text and performance.

Once you have this base of knowledge and skills, you’ll develop them in your second year. Core modules will encourage you to think about the historical context of dramatic texts and how theatre can convey social and political agendas. At the same time, you’ll choose from core modules focusing on literature in different historical periods and select optional modules from the wide range on offer.

You’ll choose from further core modules focusing on different historical periods in your final year, as well as an even broader range of optional modules. However, you’ll also undertake The Practical Essay, a core module which allows you to become a critical theatre practitioner and work on creating a short piece of theatre.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Studying and Researching English 5 credits
Poetry: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
Drama: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
Approaches to Theatre and Performance 20 credits
Foundations of English Studies 20 credits

Optional modules

Prose: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Performing the Past 20 credits
Theatre, Society and Self 20 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Medieval Literature 20 credits
Renaissance Literature 20 credits
Students into Schools 20 credits
Gender, Culture and Politics: Readings of Jane Austen 20 credits
Queens, Vikings, poets and dragons: Old English and early medieval Britain 20 credits
American Danger 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

The Practical Essay 40 credits

Optional modules

Modern Literature 20 credits
Postcolonial Literature 20 credits
Contemporary African Writing 20 credits
Writing America 20 credits
Puppetry Arts and the Subject/Object Continuum 20 credits
Theatricalities: Beckett, Pinter, Kane 20 credits
Bowie, Reading, Writing 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read English Literature and Theatre Studies BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from our tutors’ expertise. Small-group teaching is at the heart of what we do. Virtually all of your modules will include seminars, but literature modules are also likely to include lectures and theatre modules include practical workshops. Tutorials and one-to-one supervisions may also be part of some modules, including your practical essay.


We use different forms of assessment to help you develop a wider range of skills. Exams, essays and shorter pieces of writing are among the most common, but practice pieces, performance work and group presentations are also likely to be used in theatre modules. Some modules will also use online exercises such as wikis or podcasts.

We offer plenty of support – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on topics such as public speaking, structuring essays and exam technique throughout your time at Leeds.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA-AAB including A in English (Literature, Language, or Language and Literature) and excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. The Access course must follow a Humanities pathway and/or include English modules. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, M1, M1 - D3, D3, M1 including D3 in English

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 - 17 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 to H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in English

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AB - AA in Advanced Highers including A in English and AABBB in Highers or A in Advanced Highers English and AABBB - AAABB in Highers

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 80% - 85% including 85% in English.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in English (Language, Literature, or Language and Literature) excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB including English (Language, Literature or Language and Literature) excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of English Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies equips you with a wide range of skills on top of your subject knowledge.

You’ll be an excellent communicator – confident speaking in public and able to present your views clearly, whether verbally or in writing. You’ll be comfortable working independently or in a team. You’ll also have good research skills, and be able to analyse complex information from numerous sources.

Graduates have pursued a wide range of careers. In addition to the theatre, they’ve pursued education, journalism, law, the creative industries, publishing, radio and television, the civil service, administration, business and finance, advertising and marketing, management, social welfare, management consultancy and charity work. Many also go on to postgraduate study.

Read more about Employability and careers in the School of English

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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