BA (Hons) Drama

Drama at Winchester is an exciting and innovative programme that studies theory, performance and production skills - it offers an equal balance between theory and practice.

BA (Hons) Drama at University of Winchester

UCAS code: W400

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 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.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

25 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Selection process:

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

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years)

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

For further details click here

Additional costs:


  • Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost £50-60. 
  • Placement: If students undertake placements as part of their optional module choices in Years 2 & 3. They are responsible for their travel costs. Cost £50-60. 
  • DBS Check: Students will need to pay for the Disclosure and Barring Service fee if they chose an optional module where they carry out work in a school or other community context. This will either be in the second or third year of study. £44 current cost of check. 
  • Trips: We organise incursions and excursions to see performances.  Some tickets are free.  Other ticket costs are kept to a minimum.  Sometimes travel costs to travel to theatre will need to be paid by the student. Cost £30. 
  • Study abroad: Students have the option to study a semester abroad in the USA in their second year of study. Costs vary. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Student Satisfaction

As rated by final year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey, Drama achieved greater than 90 per cent overall satisfaction.

Study abroad (optional):

America (New York State or Virginia)

Work placement:

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 w ell 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.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

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.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Theatre Histories
  • Making
  • Politics of Performance
  • Critical Viewing

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Twentieth Century Ghosts: Theatre, Time, Identities

Optional modules:

  • 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

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Extended Independent Project
  • Group Project: Theatre as Cultural Action
  • Performance Now: Debates and Discourses

Optional modules:

  • Performance Now: Advanced Research Practice
  • Creative Entrepreneurship and Production
  • Body Parts
  • Theatre Stories
  • Women, Autobiography and Performance
  • British Theatre 1945-2015
  • Volunteering

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 The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 876 hours
  • Placement: 36 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

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

Programme Leader

Stephen Hall
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.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 50 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 50 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 66 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 34 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 85 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 15 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

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.

Course Enquiries and Applications

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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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