Acting and English

Edinburgh Napier University


Merchiston Campus


This course is aimed at those with an interest in both practical acting and English literature. You’ll enhance your performing skills to industry-standard, while simultaneously studying English literature in its cultural-historical context. The course is split evenly between the study of English literature and the study of acting.

English is studied from the early 19th century to the present day providing a modern, interdisciplinary approach to literature. You’ll develop an appreciation of different genres and explore the value of literature in the modern world. Practical acting projects will often work alongside the English texts you are studying. You will read, analyse and perform texts of a similar era at the same time, thereby deepening your understanding of both literature and acting.

This programme is not a drama/theatre studies course – the aim is to train actors to vocational standard over four years. Along with intensive classes and workshops in acting, you will study alongside the BA (Hons) English degree students in a variety of classes that cover subjects from Shakespeare to Romantic poetry to modern drama.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBCC including English at B.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at BCCC including English.

For entry to year 2 you must have 3 Advanced Highers at CDD including English at C.

Interview and audition form part of the admissions process.

Start Date





BA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years



SCQF Level


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