Continuing Drama Production

Continuing Drama Production BA (Hons)

The broadcast industry has identified skills gaps in writing and crewing for TV drama, resulting in a unique course from the University of Central Lancashire and industry professionals to meet industry standards.

The BA (Hons) in Continuing Drama Production is a full honours degree which can be obtained in just two years, and will replicate the intensive nature of making popular drama programmes for broadcast – meaning your debts are less and you graduate faster! This practice-based degree - not only mimicking real-world experience but delivering it - will give students unique opportunities to develop skills and prove themselves with real world experience.

New to start in September 2018. Register your interest today.

Highlights of our unique course

LIVE WORK - WORK on a brand new real weekly drama producing episodes for real audiences on local TV!

INDUSTRY TEACHING - TEACHING by practicing industry professionals

INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS - PLACEMENTS on mainstream broadcast continuing dramas

EMPLOYABILITY BOOST - FREE extra accredited qualification around emotional intelligence for the workplace to boost employability

EXPERIENCED STAFF - SCOPE to draw on expertise from across the Faculty including actors, scriptwriters, and musicians

FAST TRACK DEGREE - A FULL HONOURS DEGREE IN JUST TWO YEARS due to the intensive nature of the process of making popular drama series - meaning your debts are less and you graduate faster!

Key Information

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Status:

    Subject to approval

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: TBC

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

Specific entry requirements will be available shortly.

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Course Overview

Year 1

Module and course information is currently being developed. Please check back soon for furthter information.

Year 2


Late Applications

A Bold New Venture

I am very excited to be writing about this brand new course. It feels so right we’re fast-tracking it through our course validation process for a September 2018 start so students can join it as soon as possible!

The course builds on so many strong and positive elements of our Faculty.

We have developed a great working relationship with ITV in nearby MediaCityUK. This led to us working with them – 100 students and 50 crew from Coronation Street and Emmerdale – to innovate new production processes for continuing drama production! This Soap in a Week project was a great success and led to the follow-up Musical in a Week which saw Musical Theatre students working with top industry names from music theatre to make a brand new musical, Extraordinary, for Children in Need. We had five live links on BBC1 in a single day! In 2016 the Faculty was rewarded for its innovative work by receiving the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. And recently, our Professor of Contemporary Art Lubaina Himid MBE won the 2017 Turner Prize!

Our constant aspiration to innovate and create new opportunities for learning has led to this new course. This is our very first 2-year fast-track degree, and is aimed at students wishing to work in the creative industries producing continuing drama.

We are working with a local broadcaster to create, write, produce and broadcast a new continuing drama for real audiences, with a reach of over 600,000!

This practice-based degree - not only mimicking real-world experience but delivering it - will give students unique opportunities to develop skills and prove themselves. We are investing in building interior sets for a variety of soap opera environments. This facility will complement our new production zone, gallery and exterior street set to provide that true to life production environment.

If you want to work in TV, in drama, then I truly believe this course will give you the real world experiences to help you stand out in this competitive - but exciting - business.

Please register your interest to leave your details and we will keep you informed as it goes through our validation process.

And maybe this time next year you will be playing a key role in bringing a new continuing drama to life. The next step in your story!

Dr Andrew Ireland

Executive Dean, Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.


Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.