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  • Develop your creativity in both writing and drama and explore how your own writing might impact performance in a vibrant theatrical industry
  • Move progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, enhanced by a workshop environment
  • Choose from an extensive range of cutting-edge optional modules to enable you to follow your interests and career aspirations

Are you an aspiring author longing to see your characters come to life in costume and make-up? If you are passionate about writing and drama, our Creative Writing and Drama degree offers a rich learning adventure, based on practical experiences.

Our workshops encourage you to evolve as writers in new and individual ways, and explore the words that have shaped our world in wider literary and cultural contexts.
The Drama element to the course complements these literary explorations and allows you to develop your creative and practical skills through real-life experience in the theatre or community.

There is a contemporary focus to the course but you review the histories and traditions of theatre and performance and question how they infuse modern theatre. You are encouraged to think critically to inform your theatre-making skills and explore the extent to which drama is a tool for social change.

In Year 1, you write in different media, genres and styles through modules that include Theatre Making and Scriptwriting. You also explore the historic context of theatre productions and the political underpinning of texts and practices.

In Year 2, you choose from a fascinating and varied spectrum of optional modules including, Interactive and Experimental Fictions and Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology. You also make the most of opportunities to work collaboratively with fellow students and professionals on a production project and a professional placement.

In the final year, you investigate the relationships between writing and other spheres such as publishing, producing, community audiences, and teaching. Inspiring optional modules include Script to Screen, Writing for Games and Creative Teaching for Creative Writing. The final chapter of the course is an extended independent project.

Our graduates are forward-thinking, team-playing, articulate and creative communicators. After three years of study, they start out in careers as playwrights in the theatre industry, or become professional writers. They also work in publishing, advertising, marketing, community settings or education.


Our graduates are forward-thinking, team-playing, articulate and creative communicators. After three years of study, they start out in careers as playwrights in the theatre industry, or become professional writers. They also work in publishing, advertising, marketing, community settings or education. 

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment and further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021, HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme for three months, six months or one year. Three or six month placements can be taken as part of credit bearing modules, allowing you to undertake a work placement and still graduate within three years.

Learning and teaching

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: 324 hours

Independent learning: 876 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours

Independent learning: 900 hours

Placement: 12 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours

Independent learning: 912 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course


Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during Open Days. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.


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 can be found by attending an Open Day 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)*:

60% coursework
0% written exams
40% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

91% coursework
0% written exams
9% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

80% coursework
0% written exams
20% 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.

Further information

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


Entry requirements

2022 Entry: 96-112 UCAS tariff points

Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:

  • A-Levels: CCC-BBC from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations (e.g. CCC is comparable to BCD in terms of tariff points)
  • BTEC/CTEC: MMM-DMM from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 2 Higher Level certificates at grade H4
  • T Level: Pass (C or above on the core) in a T Level

In addition to the above, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL   Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32,   from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit UCAS.

For 2022 entry, in addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

  • GCSE in English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.

From 2023 entry, in addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

  • GCSEs in Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.

If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:

  •  IELTS Academic at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
  • We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT.

If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on the UCAS website which may be of interest.

Course enquiries and applications

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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Prose Fiction 1A 15

This module is designed as an introduction for students exploring their creativity through developing their own fictional writing and studying exemplary works in the short form. It will enable students to improve their own creative and critical skills, and to learn how to express observations, experiences and perceptions in the form of prose fiction, whilst at the same time developing evaluative skills. It will focus on key tents of fictional writing through analysis of texts and by associated practical exercises. We will discuss such key topics as point of view, characterisation, dialogue, plot, setting and other aspects of the fiction writer’s craft in relation to students’ own work and the work of published authors. The key skills of researching, drafting, revising and editing will be stressed throughout.

Scriptwriting 15

In this module students will be introduced to the conventions, forms and techniques of scriptwriting. Students will develop their narrative skills, with particular focus on how film stories are told through scenes and images and transitions suggested to the director by the writer, i.e. by indications of mise-en-scene and montage. Students will develop their skills in the communication of film script narrative though ‘pitch presentations,’ and will practise the writing of outlines and of film script on the page according to the film industry standard. The module will concentrate on fiction film (as opposed to documentary) and will utilise seminars, workshops, and screenings.

Creative Non-fiction 15

This module is designed to enable students to work with non-fictional writings, and to learn how to express experiences and perceptions within some of the key strands of this written form (e.g. the memoir, the themed personal essay, the interview-based portrait of a person or research-based portrait of a place etc.) The module is also intended to develop students’ creative and critical skills in tandem, understanding how to read and interpret writing as well as how to produce it. As such, students will be introduced to a varied range of approaches to non-fictional styles. Most work will be done in workshop groups, graduating to the production of independent pieces of non-fiction.

Poetry Now! 15

This module is designed to enable students to express their own creativity through various poetic strategies, introducing students to a varied range of poetry. Although historical forms and traditions will also be a source of reference there is to be a particular focus on twentieth- and twenty-first century developments, whilst engaging directly with some of the key issues in the production of poetry – including its oral, aural and visual performative aspects. Practical work will be done in workshop groups, graduating to the production of independent poems in different forms.

Theatre Making 20

This year long module will run alongside the Devising Production Project and Text Production Project and give students a grounding in devising and performance skills appropriate to those modules and live performance generally. The module will focus attention on the components to be utilised in creating and refining live performance. It will introduce students to the skills of physical, vocal and spatial improvisation as method of generating performance and as a tool for exploring written text. Students will examine the relationship between play and discipline as a key component in creativity. Though the module will complement the production projects it will also stand as an independent strand leading to its own performance assessment outcome.

Theatre Histories 10

This module invites students to consider the contexts in which theatre is made today and has been made in the past.

A number of texts will be explored in different contexts exploring different historical moments. The issue of the ephemerality of performance will be considered as textual and contextual materials and evidence are analysed. The key focus will be uncovering and understanding the complexity of the relationship between texts and contexts.

The module will introduce debates in theatre historiography and offer methodologies for investigating theatre and its histories. A range of texts from different moments in theatre history and will be explored with the emphasis on performance in Britain. This module will encompass a breadth of theatre history whilst allowing for detailed case study work.

Critical Viewing 10

This module offers a study of drama, theatre and Performance ‘texts’ in different manifestations and different theatrical traditions. Students will learn to offer informed interpretations of drama presented and mediated in different ways. Whilst acquiring analytical skills and the vocabulary to articulate their analysis students will recognise the ways in which ideological constructs influence the making and reception of texts and an awareness of the ways in which fluidity of context can influence text and subtext.

Performance Contexts 10

The module will be presented as a series of lectures introducing performance practitioners, concepts and their contexts, exploring how the history of ideas informed – and was informed by – social and cultural developments across cultures and art forms.

It will encourage the students to study its historical, cultural, social and political contexts through case study of key practitioners. It will actively question performance in all its manifestations and encourage students to build on their personal experience. By studying performance as ‘living history’ and placing the study firmly within these specific contexts, the students will be able to reference and manipulate the information to inform their own future creative work.

Performance Analysis 10

This module focuses on the skills of the performance analysis, and the roles of audience, scholar and critic. Students are introduced to different modes of performance analysis. These modes include but are not confined to writing by the journalist critic, by the rapporteur of an event, academic paper, or extended article for a specific audience or publication. Students will then be asked to compile a series of critical responses on selected performances seen over the course of the module. Students are expected to compare, contrast and contextualise the performances. The responses form a single essay submission.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Artist(s) Specialism 15

The module offers students the opportunity to focus on an individual performance artist or group of theatre/performance makers, to understand their work in a defined context and historical moment and to then consider how their work may continue to be made relevant for new audiences. Students will work on projects of their choice connected to the subject matter selected by staff and may prepare creative responses in a variety of formats, working in small groups. These may be performance outcomes or creative projects in other forms. The choice of format will be expected to relate to the ways that the artist practitioner communicates.

Theatre & … 15

This module explores specific aspects of drama, theatre and performance thematically. Drawing inspiration from the Palgrave Macmillan Theatre & (2009-2019 ongoing) series as a starting point. Themes featured in the series are wide-ranging and include such subjects as Theatre & Violence, Theatre & Feminism, Theatre & Inter-culturalism, Theatre & Sexuality, Theatre & Museums, Theatre & Race, Theatre & Prisons, Theatre & Empire, Theatre & the Digital, Theatre & Environment, for example. The module is designed for staff specialist research and practice to be delivered in a focussed delivery.

The module invites students to engage with a range of topics connected to staff research specialisms and practice research interests.

Ways of Seeing 15

This module introduces students to a number of different critical and reflective methodologies in viewing and analysing and for creating texts and performance work. The module develops students’ ability to discuss, analyse and structure content, both in terms of being viewers and critics as well as being makers of performance. It seeks to develop students’ reflective and analytical approach in order that they can engage with performance making as a process of investigation, reflection and exploration. It introduces students to the dramaturgical questions involved in developing a concept and proposal for performance.

The module introduces students to a range of approaches and maps the development from classical dramaturgy and narrative structures to the ‘new’ dramaturgies and compositional approaches found in contemporary cross-disciplinary performance practices.

Ways of Working 15

This module covers the main processes involved in designing a research project in the field of performing arts. Students will be introduced to key theories and approaches to independent research and a range of possible projects including written and performance research. Students will be supported in the formulation of research questions and the positioning of their research in terms of relevant contexts. The aim is to develop a project proposal that has an appropriate scope, focus and methodological approach. The ethical implications and risk assessment requirements (where appropriate) for project work will be considered.

This module is designed to prepare students for independent study work at Level 6 and to develop an awareness of requirements for designing and delivering projects in a range of professional contexts. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to pitch ideas for feedback as they develop their work in preparation for a proposal presentation assessment.

Prose Fiction 2A 15

This module is an introduction to studies which will be advanced by Prose Fiction 2B, in which students develop their own short fictional writing while studying exemplary works in the short form, which will be examined across a number of interrelated axes:

  • Time: fostering an awareness of accomplishment in the modern English short story, from the mid-19th century, through modernism, postmodernism and postcolonialism, up to the best writing today
  • Place: the breadth of places globally where work in English has been produced, and the distinctiveness of voices represented therein; as well as the diverse range of life-experience to which a writer can bring their imagination
  • Form: e.g. narrative conventions of beginning, middle and end, and how those elements might be presented (cf. Godard) ‘not necessarily in that order.’ Similarly, experiments in point of view: e.g. narrators who are reliably unreliable or purposely inarticulate, and prose style from the ‘high style’ to the fragmented and discordant.
Optional modules
  • Prose Fiction 2B - 15 credits
  • Interactive and Experimental Fictions - 15 credits
  • Middle Grade and YA Fiction - 15 credits
  • Composing Song Lyrics - 15 credits
  • Playwriting 1 - 15 credits
  • Poetry: Making it New - 15 credits
  • Writing & the Environment - 15 credits
  • Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology - 15 credits
  • Gothic, Horror and Ghost Stories - 15 credits
  • Professional Placement Module - 15 credits
  • Copywriting - 15 credits
  • Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television - 15 credits
  • Creative Non-Fiction 2 - 15 credits
  • Media Writing - 15 credits
  • Volunteering for Creative and Professional Writing - 15 credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Extended Creative Project 30

Students must choose either Extended Creative Project or Extended Independent Study

The Extended Creative Project consists of:

  • a piece of creative/professional writing of 8500 words (with word count exceptions such as those in a poetry collection to be agreed by supervising tutor)
  • a supporting rationale/contextualisation of 1500 words
  • a supporting bibliography

Study and writing is primarily student-directed, with supervision supplied by tutors teaching/researching in the area of creative writing.

Extended Independent Study 30

Students must choose either Extended Creative Project or Extended Independent Study

This module is intended to provide students with the opportunity to plan and implement an individual piece of research/practice research. Students will be required to submit a formative research proposal for consideration before moving to supervised learning. The outcomes of this individual research project will be a either a written document of 8,000 – 10,000 words, or a 4,000-5,000 word written document combined with a practice research outcome, or a practice research output (e.g. performance; series of workshops; play-text; performative presentation) with a negotiated artistic statement. By arrangement the student may also undertake work-based learning. The module is supported by a series of lectures covering theoretical and practice research methodologies in drama, theatre and performance. Performance skills alone are insufficient to pass this module.

Option A

Students must choose either Option A or Option B

  • Performance Now (15 credits)
  • Performance Now Advanced (15 credits) or a Value Studies module (15 credits)
  • 60 credits from optional modules
Option B

Students must choose either Option A or Option B

  • Company Production Project (60 credits)
  • 30 credits from optional modules
Optional modules
  • Advanced Fictional Writing - 15 credits
  • Playwriting 2 - 15 credits
  • Creative Vigilance: fictions & metafictions - 15 credits
  • Script to Screen - 15 credits
  • Creative Non-fiction for Children - 15 credits
  • Writing Comics & Graphic Novels - 15 credits
  • Poetry: Writing for Publication - 15 credits
  • Creative Teaching for Creative Writing - 15 credits
  • Creative Visions - 15 credits
  • Adapting Crime Fictions - 15 credits
  • Business Storytelling - 15 credits
  • Writing Historical Fiction - 15 credits
  • Science Fictions & Fantasies - 15 credits
  • Writing for Games - 15 credits
  • Writing for Radio - 15 credits
  • The Critical Path to Print Publication - 15 credits
  • Digital Authorship - 15 credits
  • Write Yourself Well: Creative Writing as Therapy - 15 credits

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.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2022 Course Tuition Fees

 UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 


Year 1 £9,250 £14,100
Year 2 £9,250 £14,100
Year 3 £9,250 £14,100
Total £27,750 £42,300
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,385 £1,385
Total with Sandwich Year £29,135 £43,685

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2022, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.

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. 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.

UK 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 £77.08 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 £6,935.

International 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 £117.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,763.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.


Core texts

Copies of core texts are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however often students wish to purchase some books for their own use. It is possible for students to buy second-hand copies. Indicative cost is £160 per academic year.

Field trip

In students second year of study, there may be a field trip depending on module choices. Indicative cost is £20.

Disclosure and Barring Service

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check may be required if you undertake a placement, volunteering, research or other course related activity where you will have contact with children or vulnerable adults. The requirement for a DBS check will be confirmed by staff as part of the process to approve your placement, research or other activity. The indicative cost is £40.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

We have a variety of scholarships and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you're eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
On campus, Winchester