BA (Hons) Drama: Education and Community

BA (Hons) Drama: Education and Community

In this practical and creative course, you will experience how drama and performance can help marginalised groups. You will work on placements in local community settings, facilitating others to create work. Working alongside specialists including drama teachers and youth theatre practitioners you will learn how to plan, develop and deliver your theatre practice.

You will benefit from our long-standing relationships with organisations across York and the wider region. We work with diverse groups of all ages in settings such as schools, prisons and care homes.

Some of the partnerships we have across the region include:

  • York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre – you will have the opportunity to work on weekly youth theatre workshops and performances.
  • Connaught Course Care Home – our students regularly visit care homes that provide support to older people with dementia and make reminiscence theatre for the residents.
  • Changing Lives – this charity provides accommodation and support to homeless men and women in York. Your work here might include working with these groups and offering drama workshops.
  • Mind the Gap – this is one of Europe’s leading disability theatre company specialising in working alongside artists with learning disabilities. You could work alongside these artists to deliver exciting theatre performances

Through collaborating in settings such as these you will learn how to design and facilitate workshops and performances suited to people with a wide range of needs and abilities. You will become an expert in how drama can be made accessible and impactful for all.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This degree will develop your skills as a drama workshop practitioner in a range of settings. You will develop a unique portfolio of skills based on your passion and aspiration. Your tutors will help to build your contacts and practice within your chosen area of education and community practice.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Drama teacher
  • Theatre director
  • Children and young persons practitioner
  • Community arts worker
  • Community theatre practitioner
  • Dramatherapist

Course Details

Year 1

Making Ensemble Performance
Big Ideas in Performance
Ensemble: Political Performance
Workshop Facilitation
Movement for Performance
Spoken Word Performance
Theatre for Social Change

Year 2

Politically Engaged Practice 1
Politically Engaged Practice 2
Children and Young People
Performance in Social Context
Acting for Screen: The Performer as Auteur
Artist as Witness
Auto/biography and Performance
Physical Theatre
Politics and the Play
Re-Performing Dance Archives
Site Specific Dance
Writing after Beckett
Acting Vignettes

Year 3

Contemporary Performance Practice: Research and Development
Contemporary Performance Practice: Actualisation
Independent Practice and Professional Portfolio: Drama, Education and Community

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