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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
  • Creative Writing and Drama at Winchester both achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey

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 Fictional Writing 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, Fiction for Children and Theatre as Cultural Action. 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 Creative Entrepreneurship and Production - ideal for those planning to go freelance or run their own business - Experimental Writing and Writing for Radio. 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. 

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

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: 288 hours

Independent learning: 912 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours

Independent learning: 924 hours

Placement: 12

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours

Independent learning: 924 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course


Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus or at our West Downs Campus, Winchester.


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)*:

52% coursework
9% written exams
39% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

77% coursework
0% written exams
23% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

88% coursework
0% written exams
12% 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

96-112 points

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

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

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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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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Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Poetry Now! (Poetry and Poetic Expression) 15

This module is designed to enable students to express their own creativity through various poetic forms. The module will introduce students to a varied range of poetry, and will require them to think about the relationship between the technical aspects of numerous forms and the content being expressed. The module will thus engage directly with some of the key issues in the study of the production of poetry. Practical work will be done in workshop groups, graduating to the production of independent poems in different forms, wherein choices of form are directly related to the accompanying poetic ‘message.’

Fictional Writing 15

This module is designed as an introduction for students exploring their creativity through developing their own fictional writing. It will enable them to improve their own creative and critical skills, to learn how to express observations, experience and perceptions in the written form, whilst at the same time developing evaluative skills. The module will encourage students to be creative and imaginative in their thinking, as well as focusing on key aspects of fictional writing through a series of practical exercises. We will discuss 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. This will introduce students to a varied range of approaches to literature/writing/creativity that focus on the text from a writer’s creatively-critical perspective. The module will thus engage directly with some of the key issues in the study of the production of fictional texts.

Making 30

This module takes students on a year-long journey that introduces them to the process of making Performance in the current artistic environment. Building on understandings of performance creation and composition developed at pre-University level, students will be guided, largely through practical workshops accompanied by appropriate critical and practitioner readings, through exercises and formative tasks in inventing new work that take them into the realm of the unknown and that help them expand their capacity to create unique and original creative material for their academic age and experience. This module is a university-level primer in creative and compositional technique for the ensemble group and will engage students in a range of strategies for making work, and will require extensive in-class showings and critical feedback sessions in preparation for the assessment.


Theatre Histories 30

This year-long 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.

There are two assessment points connected to this module:

• an essay building from seminar presentation work;
• a practical performance

Creative Non-fiction 15

This module is designed to enable students to work with non-fictional writings, and to learn how to express observations, experience and perceptions in the written form. The module is also intended to develop students’ creative and critical skills in tandem, understanding how to read and interpret writing as much as to produce it. As such students will be introduced to a varied range of approaches to non-fictional forms. Most work will be done in workshop groups, graduating to the production of independent pieces of non-fiction.

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 the deconstruction of story in the language of script narrative, story development, and analysis of story in relation to authorial and cultural contexts. Students will develop skills in the communication of script narrative though ‘pitch presentations’, and will practise the writing of outlines and script on the page. The module will concentrate on fiction (as opposed to documentary) and will utilise lectures, workshops, seminars and screenings.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Rewriting and Adapting 15

This module will introduce students to a variety of texts that all broadly fall within the same genre category. They will examine these texts in order to understand both the main genre they belong to and the genre features of the texts themselves. Students will then consider the various ways in which writers can rewrite/adapt/extend/echo texts of the past, at a theoretical level, before embarking on their own process of adapting or rewriting one of the focus texts within the context of a specified genre. This could mean that they change the form of the piece, extent or play with its genre features, or else change its genre entirely in an attempt to focus on or privilege a particular element of the original text that they decide merits attention. Thus practical creative writing will be informed by (for example) discussions as to the boundaries of genre and historical era, about the motivations for adaptation and rewriting, and of the cultural relevance and longevity of certain genres, such as Gothic, Romance, or Crime.

Take a look at how this year's students transformed their stories from paper to podcast in 24 hours

Optional Credits

Optional modules

The Short Story 15 credits

Fiction for Children 15 credits

Composing Song Lyrics 15 credits

Creating Short Screenplays 15 credits

Playwriting  1 15 credits

Poetry: Making It New 15 credits

Author Study 15 credits

Writing and the Environment 15 credits

Fairy Tale Fictions 15 credits

Creative Writing Project 15 credits

Fiction for Children 1: in the Beginning 15 credits

Fiction for Children 2: From Middle to End 15 credits

Creativity and the Imagination 15 credits

Myths, Dreams and Creative Writing 15 credits

Horror Fiction 15 credits

Professional Placement Module 15 credits

Writing  and Ethnicity: Special Study 15 credits

Copywriting 15 credits

Report and Policy Writing 15 credits

Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television 15 credits

Travel Writing 15 credits

Life Writing and Biography 15 credits

Telling True Stories 15 credits

Media Writing 15 credits

Speechwriting 15 credits

Volunteering 15 credits

C20th Ghosts: Theatre, Time, Identities 30 credits

Shakespeare and Ideology 30 credits

Production Project 30 credits

Popular Performance 30 credits

Theatre and Cultural Difference 30 credits

Controversy and Censorship 30 credits

Theatre as Cultural Action 30 credits

Theatre-in-Education and Drama-in- Education 30 credits

Digital Performance 30 credits

Puppetry and Object Manipulation 30 credits

Physical Theatres 30 credits

Open Project 30 credits

Musical Theatre in the UK and USA 30 credits

Immersive Performance 30 credits

Contemporary Cultural Heritage 30 credits

Transcultural Practices 30 credits

Role of the Actor - Intermediate 15 credits

Role of the Actor  - Advanced 15 credits

Writing for Performance 15 credits

Performance Criticism 15 credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Extended Independent Project 30

This double module is intended to provide students with the opportunity to plan and implement an individual piece of research. Students will be required to submit a research proposal for consideration before moving to supervised learning. The outcomes of this individual research project will be a written document of either 10,000 words, or 5,000 words written document and a documented PAR (Practice as Research) component to be presented in edited format on DVD, length and content to be negotiated on a project by project basis.

In making proposals for the Extended Independent Project students will be required to demonstrate:

  • A clear rationale for the proposal
  • An understanding of the context
  • An ability to formulate relevant key questions
  • Ability to identify appropriate research methodologies
  • Emerging primary and secondary sources

Students will make their initial proposals during Semester 4. Individual supervisors will be assigned in Semester 5 and an appropriately developed research proposal will be required by supervisors in the first half of semester 5. Classes to support EIP work will be offered over the course of the module.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Group Project 30 credits

Group Project: Theatre  as Cultural Action 30 credits

Performance Now: Debates and Discourses 15 credits

Performance Now: Advanced Research Practice 15 credits

Creative Entrepreneurship and Production 15 credits

Body Parts 15 credits

Theatre Stories 15 credits

Women, Autobiography and Performance 15 credits

British Theatre 1945-2015 15 credits

Volunteering 15 credits

Creative Voice III 15 credits

Playwriting 2 15 credits

Creative Vigilance: Fictions and Metafictions 15 credits

Non-Realist Writing 15 credits

Scriptwriting: Innovating within Popular Forms 15 credits

Creative Non-fiction for Children 15 credits

Special Study 15 credits

Writing for Display 15 credits

Writing Comics and Graphic Novels 15 credits

E-Writing 15 credits

Script to Film 15 credits

Page to Stage 15 credits

Academic Writing 15 credits

Poetry Project: Writing for Publication 15 credits

Advanced Fictional Writing 15 credits

Film Script Development 15 credits

Creativity: Writing and Teaching 15 credits

Creative Visions 15 credits

Experimental Writing 15 credits

Adapting Crime Fictions 15 credits

The Writers'  Retreat 15 credits

Creating an Author Collective 15 credits

Business Storytelling 15 credits

Writing-History-Fiction 15 credits

Science Fictions and Fantasies 15 credits

Writing for Radio 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.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, 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 and EU 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.


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:


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. Cost £160 per academic year.

Field trip

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

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
King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester