BA (Hons) Theatre for Children and Young People

Theatre for Children and Young People at Winchester brings together staff expertise from the Drama, Performing Arts and Street Arts degrees to create an exciting and interdisciplinary programme. The programme offers opportunities for students interested in making individual or group work as well as for students interested in research and critical thinking.

BA (Hons) Theatre for Children and Young People at University of Winchester


UCAS code: W440

Entry requirements*

Typical offer:

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.

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 (including 6.0 in academic writing)

Selection process:

Suitable applicants are required to attend an interview

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** 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 £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (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 per academic year.

  • Theatre trips: Module leaders may choose to take students on theatre trips. Often these will be paid for by the programme. In other instances we may subsidise the ticket cost. Students would be expected to cover the cost of travel to the theatre trip location. Cost £50-60 per academic year.

  • Placement: Certain placement activities may be supported by the programme (e.g. Production Project). Other external activities that involve travel costs will be met by the student (e.g. Open Project, Volunteering). Cost £50-60 per academic year.

  • 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

Study abroad (optional):


Work experience:

Through external partners and companies, students have a variety of opportunities to engage with young audiences in professional 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


The programme has a key relationship with The Berry Theatre (Hedge End), a centre for new writing and theatre for young people, and Forest Forge Theatre Company (Ringwood), which specialises in working with young people and community engagement.

Student satisfaction:

This is a new course and so there are currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

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 final year students must accept an offer of a place by the end of March 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 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 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.

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. 

Focusing on such a specific, and growing, audience makes this programme unique. 

Students explore a variety of practical and cognitive skills and processes through making, performing and critical analysis. They experience a range of performance practices to help expand their skills before applying these to a range of performance contexts.

Through external partners and companies, students have a variety of opportunities to engage with young audiences in professional contexts. Students have the opportunity to undertake placements at schools and dedicated theatres, such as The Berry Theatre in Hedge End, Theatre Royal Winchester and Forest Forge Theatre Company in Ringwood. In these settings, students gain experience of engaging with young audiences and develop employability skills as their practices evolve towards them being an emerging practitioner, artist and/or facilitator.

The University offers excellent facilities for both performance and rehearsal. The Performing Arts Studios provide six bespoke spaces and offer the latest technology for student productions. The Studios are located on the King Alfred Campus close to the Performance Gymnasium and other facilities in the Bowers Building.

Year 1

Core modules include:

  • Histories and Contexts
  • Making
  • Facilitation and Outreach
  • Theatre for Young Audiences

Year 2

Core modules include:

  • Drama-in-Education, Theatre-in-Education and Children's Theatre
  • Production Project
  • Theatre as Cultural Action

Optional modules include:

  • 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
  • Volunteering

Year 3

Core modules include:

  • Extended Independent Study
  • Performance Now: Debates and Practices
  • Creative Entrepreneurship and Production
  • Collaborative Project
  • Internship

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

Learning and teaching on this programme is a combination of experiential and academic study formed of practical workshops, performance making, seminars, discussions, workshops, masterclasses and self-directed study. The combination is negotiated for each student based on their interests and needs.

The University aims to develop students as 'confident learners' by enabling them to acquire the knowledge and skills to excel in their studies and to be transferable to further studies or within the field of employment. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of their programme, 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 available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the programme team, personal tutors and the wide range of services available to students within the University.

Key features of the student experience are performance modules and assessment, professional internships, workshops from international professional Artists, and the chance to work with staff on their own performance projects and research activities.

Programme Leader

Further information

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.

Students enter roles within the areas of creative and performing arts, arts administration, performing arts education, social care, marketing and communications.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future-what will your be?


As a new course there are no data on graduate employment figures. Nevertheless, graduates may set up their own production companies, develop performance practices, enter arts organisations or move into the broader area of the creative industries.

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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