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BA (Hons) Acting & English
BA (Hons) Acting & English

BA (Hons) Acting & English

  • ID:ENU440148
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
  • Intake:
  • Type:Full-time

Fees (GBP)

  • TuitionFee/Year:£13,360.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£12,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:£13,360.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£12,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
Estimated Total/program:
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

English Requirement

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with 6.5 overall and no element below 6.0.

Other Requirement

As part of the selection process suitably qualified applicants will normally be invited to attend an audition and interview. This applies to all years of entry.

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Audition and application

Your audition plays a big part in the selection process, but we are looking for a demonstrated interest within acting, whether it be in subjects at school or clubs, societies etc. We're looking for passion, self-motivation, strong imagination and a willingness to be open to new ideas. If you show potential in the audition, and can meet the academic criteria, then we will be able to offer a place on our course.

The audition will be in three parts:

  • a classical speech (Shakespeare) - we will send you a selection to pick from

  • a two-minute devised piece, which might reflect something about yourself

  • a song to be sung a cappella (pick your best 16 bars of music).

For each part of the audition, we're looking for an imaginative connection to the world of the piece you've chosen. Our advice is to come prepared: understand and learn all your material, inside and out. Otherwise, nerves will prevent you from performing to the best of your ability.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBCC including Grade B in English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC including Grade B in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCD including Grade C in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B3, B3, B3, B3 at HL including English

New Grading System:

H3, H3, H3, H3 at HL including English


Pass HNC in a relevant, performance based subject, with Grade B in the graded unit. Grade B in Higher English also required.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. Grade B in Higher English also required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 26 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 5, 5, 5 including English.

Minimum year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Grade B in English.

A Level

BBB including English.


Pass HND in a relevant, performance-based subject, with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Grade B in Higher English also required.

Course Information

Develop your acting skills to a professional standard, while exploring English literature, and gain a deep understanding of the relationship between text and performance.

We offer the only combined actor-training and English degree in the UK, allowing you to develop your acting skills while studying English literature, giving you a firm knowledge base from which to work in either field.

Acting is the practical realisation of text and is closely linked to the discipline of English. This unique combination of study will open up many options for work or further academic study. You’ll have a range of options, which will allow you to tailor the course to fit your particular interests, and have the chance to develop allied skills such as theatre directing.

Acting classes cover acting for both stage and screen, and will include substantial workshop performances as well as public productions in the final year, including the opportunity to present your own fully supported show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

When you leave the course you’ll be armed with a career action plan, a show reel and significant experience in both acting and English.

More info: Click here


Year 1

  • Critical Contexts: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory

  • Reading Texts: Analysing Film, Literature and Culture

  • Acting Fundamentals I

  • Acting Fundamentals II (Naturalism)

  • Interpreting Text

  • 19th Century Literature and Culture 1 or Literature & Adaptation

Year 2

  • Modern Drama: Shakespeare and the Renaissance

  • Fundamentals of Directing

  • The Modern Novel

  • Intermediate Acting (20th Century Drama)

  • Shakespeare Workshop Performance

Year 3

  • C21 Literature: Writing the Unfolding Present

  • Advanced Acting (Style)

  • Directing II

  • Leadership in the Creative Industries

One option module from:

  • Women's Writing & Film-making

  • Unacknowledged Legislators: Poets in History and Society

  • Science fiction: text and film

Year 4

  • Dissertation

  • Performance Workshop II

  • Festival Production

One option module from:


  • Postcolonial Fiction and Film

  • Modern Scottish Fiction;

  • Lateness and the Modern

  • The Gothic Tradition

  • Performance Skills for Professional Practice

  • Memoir, Documentary and the Essay Film

  • Fictions of Terror



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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Actor

  • Journalist

  • Theatre Director

  • Creative Producer

  • Production Manager

  • Presenter

  • Teacher

  • Arts Administrator

  • Lecturer

  • Theatre Stage Manager

  • Artistic Director

  • Playwright

  • Artistic Programmer

  • Box Office Manager

  • Project Director

  • Participation Director

  • Communications Manager


Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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