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.

Highlights of our unique course

LIVE WORK - work on a brand new real drama series producing episodes where you will receive broadcast credits!

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 2 years due to the intensive nature of the process of making popular drama series - meaning your debts are less and you graduate faster!

Continuing Drama Production 2018

ITV & UCLan Soap in a Week: Behind the Scenes

Continuing Drama Production Launch Industry Q&A


“ITV Studios is looking forward to supporting the University of Central Lancashire with its new fast track degree in Continuing Drama. We understand the importance of closely connecting industry to Higher Education, enabling future talent to gain access to the best advice, knowledge and contacts whilst also giving colleagues an understanding of how skills are being taught. Working under our Northern Lights initiative we will help UCLan to develop students in to the future stars of our industry.”

John Whiston - Managing Director Continuing Drama & Head of ITV in the North

Fantastic Facilities

TV Studio


Key Information

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £11,100 per year (UK/EU)

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Entry Requirements

104 Points at A2
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access to HE with 106 Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent

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Course Overview

Year 1

Semester 1 and 2

  • TV Studio Production
  • Video Production
  • TV Serials and Soaps
  • Introduction to Continuing Drama Production

Semester 3

  • Continuing Drama Production (Part 1)

Year 2

Semester 1 and 2

  • Advanced TV Production
  • Advanced Drama Production
  • Continuing Drama Production (Part 2)

Semester 3

  • Advanced Drama Production (Continued)


Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

A Bold New Venture

I am very excited to be writing about this brand new course starting in September 2018. 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 will be working with a broadcaster to create, write, produce and broadcast episodes for a new continuing drama series for real audiences, which will give our students broadcast credits!

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.

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

Pro VC for Digital & Creative Industries

cJAM: Media

Final year undergraduate and postgraduate media students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded. All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations. To find out more about cJAM: Media, see the video and press release.

Important Information

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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: 2018 Entry | 2019 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 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

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.