UCAS code: W400
2016 Entry: 240-280 points
2017 Entry: 96-112 points
*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
If English is not your first language:
Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent
Suitable Single Honours applicants are required to attend a workshop and group interview
Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
2016 Entry (Full-time) | £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years)
2016 Entry (Full-time) | £11,300 p/a
Part-Time £1,410 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year.
Total Cost £33,900
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Optional cost - additional costs of approximately £40 per year to cover trips, books and materials.
Students will need to pay the Disclosure and Barring Service fee (link to DBS details) if they choose an optional module where they carry out work in a school. This may be in Year 2 and/or Year 3.
To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here
Study abroad (optional):
America (New York State or Virginia)
Students have the opportunity to work in local venues or with graduate and associate companies. Student placements are also available in the fields of drama, theatre in education, and applied and community contexts.
Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester
Suitable for applicants from:
UK, EU, World
Students have the opportunity to work with award-winning local companies such as Platform4 and Forest Forge, as well as a number of our own graduate artists.
Students have the opportunity to work within a variety of local community/voluntary organisations.
Pre-approved for a Masters:
University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.
Terms and Conditions
For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.
The course has a contemporary focus but reviews the histories and traditions of theatre and performance, and interrogates what is meant by these in the twenty-first century. The extent to which drama is a tool for social change, and how it can be used within the educational system to enhance learning, can be explored. Throughout the programme, students continually develop their critical thinking to inform theatre- making skills.
There is an emphasis on text-based approaches to staging and devising theatre, along with approaches to applied and community drama. Each approach is explored in relation to various theories including theatre histories, social and cultural perspectives, major movements and theatre practitioners.
Year 1 offers introductory modules in the theory and practice of drama. Students gain insights into the history of drama, the context in which dramatic production has taken place, how to make theatre, the political underpinning of texts and practices, and the ways in which texts and performances are viewed and interpreted.
In Year 2, students extend their practical that underpin the development of drama are explored, alongside practical aspects students are able to construct an experience of their own from a range of programme specific modules.
In Year 3, students emerge as independent learners. The Group Project allows students to create small companies to make a major performance or develop an applied/Theatre in Education project. Students also elect a specialist option focused on staff research interests.
This programme enjoys a variety of relationships with external partners including the Theatre Royal Winchester, The Point in Eastleigh, The Nuffield in Southampton and Anvil Arts in Basingstoke. We also work closely with a number of associate and graduate companies including Platform4, Forest Forge, Wet Picnic, The River People, ShadyJane, Two Destination Language and many more award-winning makers of contemporary theatre. The opportunity to engage with current artists and venues is at the heart of the experience we offer.
- Theatre Histories
- Politics of Performance
- Critical Viewing
- Twentieth Century Ghosts: Theatre, Time, Identities
- Shakespeare and Ideology
- Production Project
- Popular Performance
- Theatre and Cultural Difference
- Controversy and Censorship
- Theatre as Cultural Action
- Role of the Actor - Intermediate and Advanced
- Theatre-in-Education and Drama-in-Education
- Digital Performance
- Writing for Performance
- Puppetry and Object Manipulation
- Physical Theatres
- Performance Criticism
- Open Project
- Musical Theatre in the UK and USA
- Immersive Performance
- Contemporary Cultural Heritage
- Transcultural Practices
- Extended Independent Project
- Group Project: Theatre as Cultural Action
- Performance Now: Debates and Discourses
- Performance Now: Advanced Research Practice
- Creative Entrepreneurship and Production
- Body Parts
- Theatre Stories
- Women, Autobiography and Performance
- British Theatre 1945-2015
For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions
The University aims to develop students as 'confident learners' by enabling them to acquire the knowledge and skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of learning resources available to them.
In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.
Key features of the student experience are:
- Student placements in the field of Drama/Theatre-in-Education and Applied/Community contexts
- Our Open Project module which allows students to pursue a project of their choosing with staff mentoring.
- The opportunity to undertake the University of Winchester's Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) which enables students to work with academics on a genuine research project, so that they engage first-hand in cutting-edge scholarly activity and build vital transferable skills for their future.
- Study abroad opportunities
Stephen is the Programme Leader for Drama. Alongside this role he continues to work as an actor, writer and director, as well as a consultant to the creative and cultural industries. His teaching is focused on popular forms of theatre and performance.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library
The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.
At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
Graduates have gone on to start their own theatre companies or work as practitioners, perform in theatre, work in Theatre in Education (TIE), community drama, applied contexts and drama therapy. Many graduates go on to work in arts development, teaching and the media. Students have also gone on to a wide variety of career destinations building on their core skills in communication and team-building. The programme also provides a firm foundation for postgraduate study or further training.
For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?
The variety of transferable skills that our students acquire set them up extremely well for future employment.
The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.
While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.
At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.