**Please note that Combined Honours degrees at Liverpool Hope University are split 50/50. This means both subjects will be studied equally.** **Drama** Do you want to learn about the history of theatre and how to analyse it? Do you want to discover how to understand a play and how to write intelligently about it? Do you have a **passion for playwriting** and want to explore your ideas with the support of established practitioners and playwrights? If yes, then this Drama degree is for you. At Liverpool Hope you will **study both the creative and theoretical aspects of drama and performance**. Our qualified staff will introduce you to a range of practices and ideas for you to explore through performance, presentation and written work. We make full use of the many theatres in Liverpool and you will spend time watching and reviewing work from the Everyman, Playhouse and Royal Court. Theatre-going and a programme of learning, involving our own staff and a range of guest lecturers and artists, combine to provide a theatrical vocabulary. It also offers an understanding and deepening insight that allows us to question established practices, create new work and new interpretations of plays to be presented and discussed in one of our **well-equipped studio theatre spaces**. The degree is taught at the Creative Campus near Liverpool city centre, giving you the benefit of a small campus experience that is supportive of big ambitions. Drama does not exist in a social vacuum. It is a vibrant commentary on lives lived, lost and longed for. Throughout your time in the Drama, Dance and Performance Studies Department you will be asked to place performance work in a social and ethical context that deepens societal understanding and broadens personal responsibility. **Early Childhood** The early experience of children in today’s society is crucial to their future life experience. Early Childhood is receiving significant attention due to its importance for securing lifelong learning and development. The Early Childhood degree at Liverpool Hope allows you to **study early holistic development from a local, national and international perspective**. The widening gap nationally and internationally between advantaged and disadvantaged children clearly emphasises the implications of supporting children and their families in their early years. There is an**optional placement** opportunity for combined Hons students. The placement will enable you to enhance your understanding of key themes and demonstrate your abilities to work in a professional context. The degree is taught by academics from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Sociology, Education, Health and Psychology. The **teaching team are all actively involved in research and have published in their specialist fields**. They are all members of the thriving Liverpool Hope Childhood Research Forum and contribute to a range of research conferences both nationally and internationally. This experience provides an informed and supportive learning environment for the student characterised by depth and challenge.