Study English at Cardiff Met

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English & Drama - BA (Hons) 

Course Overview

The English portfolio of programmes at Cardiff Met have scored 90% and over in student satisfaction for the last three years.

  • We have strong connections with our stakeholders and offer a variety of work placement opportunities in the second year of study.
  • Opportunities to study abroad as part of an Erasmus exchange.
  • Distinctive degree that combines theory and practice.
  • A contemporary focus.
  • Embedded employability skills.

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Course Content

Cardiff is a city that has produced and been home to a rich pedigree of poets, novelists, scriptwriters and playwrights such as: National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, Dannie Abse (Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve), Trezza Azzopardi (The Hiding Place), James Hawes (Rancid Aluminium), John Williams (Cardiff Dead), Terry Nation (Doctor Who & creator of the Daleks), Peter Baynham (Alan Partridge, Borat), Roald Dahl (Boy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Tessa Hadley (The London Train) to name but a few.

Cardiff is Europe’s youngest capital city and it is vibrant with culture. It was recently voted one of the world’s top ten cities to visit in the National Geographic (2011). Cardiff boasts the Millennium Centre opera house, the recently redeveloped Sherman Theatre, Roath Lock Drama Village (home to several BBC productions such as Upstairs Downstairs, Doctor Who and Casualty), Cardiff International Sport Village and a number of performance venues and sports arenas.

This creative degree programme allows students to combine theoretical perspectives in English and Drama with practical skills in all aspects of performance. As well as a rich and varied academic focus, the course also benefits from specialist facilities including a fully-equipped drama studio and a workshop area for set design. Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in scriptwriting, directing and technical theatre and are offered exciting extra-curricula opportunities, including theatre visits, visiting drama professionals and cultural excursions.

The study of English will engage with your enthusiasm for reading and literature, and introduce you to advanced critical thinking in the form of theoretical practice. Your degree investigates the foundations of contemporary literature via an examination of the cultural narratives we tell ourselves. Modules involving myth, detective fiction and gothic and science fiction investigate our manner of representing the world around us. Likewise, an attention to the socio-political production of texts contextualises the study of contemporary English literature.

Modules are taught by the research active team (including Dr Carmen Casaliggi, , Dr Dimitra Fimi,  Dr Jeff Wallace, and Dr Kathryn Simpson) who have research interests in literature and place, J. R. R. Tolkien, legend, myth, and folklore, the relationship between art and literature, Romanticism, feminist literature, modernist literature (particularly DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf), contemporary literature, the city, and posthumanism..

The Drama side of the degree introduces you to a range of theatre genres, playwrights and practitioners using both textual and practical exploration. You will be encouraged to consider the influences from which theatre is made, experiment with performance styles and analyse theatre practice. In addition you will be encouraged to develop your own skills as a performer.

Year One:
Introductory modules like those offered in Literature and Drama provide you with a taster of content, form and genre; while our attention to your academic skills will provide you with a theoretical ‘toolbox’ which you’ll be able to call upon later during your degree.
Typical modules include:

Year Two:

The second year introduces the subjects in more depth with specific modules looking at theatre in the community, directing, legacies of Romanticism, and genre fiction, while our attention to research methods will prepare you for your dissertation. You can also decide to undertake a student work placement (option) or participate in our Erasmus Exchange Programme (option).

Typical modules include:

*option modules that will enable you to tailor your degree and follow your areas of interest.

Year Three:
By year three you’ll have a keen sense of your own academic path, as well as a study agreed with your dissertation supervisor into an area of your own choosing. This is an opportunity for you to specialise in one area of specific interest.

Typical modules include:

Learning & Teaching

How you’ll be taught:
We utilise a range of teaching environments to best fit your learning needs. Delivery includes workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments, away days, field trips and visits. Wherever possible, the emphasis is placed upon small group work and individual learning needs identified through your Personal and Professional Development plan. You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout each year.

Throughout the years, you will be invited to attend theatre trips, films and other cultural events held in Cardiff. The Department also regularly invites external speakers to give presentations and readings.


We’re committed to innovative assessment practices that match identified learning outcomes for your module and degree. This means assessment, wherever possible, is linked to enhancing not only your subject knowledge but also skills vital in developing your employment opportunities. Examples of assessment include research portfolios, group work, creative writing portfolios, critical and reflective practice, reviews, poster presentations, annotated bibliographies and so on.

Employability & Careers

English and Drama are natural partners; the study of each augments, enriches and illuminates the study of the other. Holders of degrees from either of these departments have proved employable in a wide spectrum of careers; acting, directing, theatre management, film, media & television, teaching, management, journalism, law, administration, accountancy, PR, as well as further postgraduate study to MA and PhD levels. Both departments have impressive research communities.

Employability Skills and Graduate Attributes:
Many of the skills you will obtain as part of this degree are also useful in industries beyond those listed above.  We ensure that our curriculum develops you as a graduate so that you demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

  • Problem solving & analytical abilities
  • Inter-personal and networking skills
  • Global citizen (with knowledge of diversity & sustainability)
  • Flexibility & Adaptability (life long learning)
  • Effective Communication skills
  • Creative & Innovative
  • Digital Literacy
  • Reflective practice.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have 5 GCSEs to include English Language at grade C or above, plus one of the following:

  • 260 points from at least three A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades BC, grade B in English or Drama
  • BTEC QCF Diploma / Extended Diploma with 260 points or Distinction Merit Merit to include a relevant subject
  • 260 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include grade A1 or above in English or Media Studies (minimum C2 grade considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject
  • 260 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades BC at A Level; grade B in English or Media Studies, Core considered as fourth subject

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

All applications are considered on their individual merits and we can be flexible in the offer that is made.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s): QW34

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
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Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Meryl Hopwood:
Tel: 029 2041 6594

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