School of Journalism, Media and Performance


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.

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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

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


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I’m really excited to be involved with UCLan’s innovative fast track degree in Continuing Drama. To offer students such unique real world experience and the opportunity to actually produce a continuing drama alongside industry specialists is a fantastic offering. Having worked with UCLan on a number of projects, like Soap in a Week and Drama Bites, I know that this degree will offer students a new pathway into the industry and one which will support and nurture fresh talent.”

Robbie Sandison – Former Head of Production – Coronation Street


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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 this month, 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.

Visit the course webpage to find out more about the course or apply now via UCAS.

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

This Soap in a Week project is really exciting for us at ITV and one we’re delighted to be doing with the University of Central Lancashire. The facilities here are fantastic; the new set is amazing and it will be such a great educational tool to help students come out at the other end with practical industry knowledge.

Phil Collinson, ITV Development Producer