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  • Our Drama and English Literature course has a 92.7% satisfaction rating in The Guardian’s 2018 University League Table
  • Both Drama and English Literature achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • Enjoy opportunities to act, direct and devise performance work, while studying a range of theatrical and literary traditions and critical theory
  • Gain core skills in communication and team building valued in a variety of employment contexts including the theatre, the creative industries, education and beyond 
  • Benefit from excellent working partnerships with local venues, festivals and award-winning theatre companies

You will ignite your love of the stage and literature and deepen your understanding of the relationship between the two when you choose our rich and versatile Drama and English Literature programme. This wide-ranging course allows you to explore modern and traditional literature, cultural study and critical analysis, and texts from Shakespeare to rap poetry.

Drama takes centre stage on the course and you consider and discuss the way literary influences help to shape today’s theatre, and how to adapt literary texts for theatrical production. There are opportunities to write, produce and perform your own material under the guidance of encouraging lecturers who received a 92.3% satisfaction rating from graduates in The Guardian’s 2018 University League Table.

There is the space and flexibility on our degree for you to experiment, critically reflect and innovate in your work. You develop high standards of professionalism when working with others on the course, in local theatres and community organisations. You also gain fantastic transferable skills, such as presentation delivery, confidence, communication, teamwork, intellectual analysis, critical thinking and articulate expression. These abilities are valued in a variety of employment contexts including the theatre, the creative industries and education.

In Year 1, you increase your awareness of the range of different approaches to understanding texts and develop skills of critical analysis, research and writing. You study an assortment of texts from various periods in history across the genres of prose fiction, poetry and drama. In the Drama modules, you 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.

The huge range of optional modules in Year 2 gives you opportunities to explore theories and practices that underpin the development of drama alongside practical aspects of performance. You study a group of texts representative of a period of history, a particular genre or a particular area of the world. Possible choices include Writing for Performance, Musical Theatre in the UK and USA, and Literary Adaptations for Film and Television.

In Year 3, you examine a specific collection of writings, theme, or critical theory in detail and complete a dissertation or extended independent project. Third-year modules are usually closely related to the research interests of teaching staff and engage with cutting-edge developments in fields such as contemporary performance, women’s writing and modern fiction. The Drama Group Project allows you to team up with your peers to create a major performance or develop an applied/theatre-in-education project.

Armed with skills that last a lifetime and qualify you for many possible careers, graduates from this course have become teachers, lecturers, journalists, actors, publishers and producers.


Graduates have gone on to become teachers, lecturers, journalists, actors, publishers and producers.

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 (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees 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

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: 240 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours
Placement: 12 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
Independent learning: 996 hours
Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 


Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) 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 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)*:

47% coursework
16% written exams
37% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

65% coursework
8% written exams
28% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

78% coursework
9% written exams
13% 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


2018 Entry: 96-112 points

An A level A* - C pass is required in an English Subject. This can be in English Literature, English Language, English Language and English Literature, or Creative Writing. 

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

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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Early English Texts and Contexts 15

This module is designed to introduce students to a range of literary texts and genres from the medieval period up to the eighteenth century, opening consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of understanding these texts in relation to their historical contexts. This will include consideration of the following: the changing practices of publication and composition of audience; the historical, political and cultural contexts; contemporary conceptualisations of genre, gender roles and sexual identity; treatment of issues of colonialism, national identity, ethnic difference and religious affiliation. By tracing these topics across texts from different periods comparison and contrast in relation to historical change will be highlighted. Students will be encouraged to draw from the theoretical materials studied in Critical Reading 1 and 2 to develop their interpretations of these texts. The use of texts that have already received considerable critical attention will enable students to engage with existing critical discussion in these areas.

Introduction to English Studies 15

This module offers students an opportunity to negotiate the transition to undergraduate study of English in a small group environment that will promote interaction with fellow students and the module tutor. Students will be involved in detailed discussion of their interpretations of fictional texts and will share their experience in the location and evaluation of relevant critical writing. There will be opportunities to share and compare essay-writing strategies and research methods and to ensure the referencing requirements and conventions of degree-level work are understood. The iterative essay, where a draft will receive feedback before final submission, will promote reflection on research, essay writing, and understanding of marking criteria. There will also be an opportunity to have an initial experience of assessed oral presentation before a relatively small audience and to use a range of relevant web-based resources.

Critical Reading 2 15

This is the second of two related modules which together form a foundational introduction to the critical reading of literary texts. This module will build upon the first by giving students an opportunity to engage with selected literary, critical and theoretical texts, brought together in order to demonstrate the application of major critical theories to literature from different genres and periods. Students will acquire from this module the critical and theoretical basis for the remainder of their undergraduate work in English. It will follow a chronological scheme in order to show how literary criticism has changed through debate and controversy in relation to changes within society and the academy. It will incorporate the most recent developments in criticism, introducing students to key critical extracts alongside literary texts in order to familiarize them with the most significant ideas of the most influential thinkers for the study of literature. 

Critical Reading 1 15

This is the first of two related modules which together form a broad introduction to critical reading of literary texts. This first module is designed to build upon reading skills developed at pre-degree level and to introduce more advanced reading skills, drawing upon developments in undergraduate English. It will focus on key aspects of engagement with literature: the role of the reader; the authority of the author; text, context and intertextuality; canon-formation; genre and generic expectation; literature and identity politics; nation and narration. Students will develop their reading skills with a wide range of texts, including fiction, poetry and short stories, both canonical and non-canonical.  Students will be made aware of the history of the discipline as it has moved through different kinds of reading practice since its first appearance in English universities. This will provide a context in which to place the discipline’s development through the so-called ‘theory revolution’ and its aftermath.

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

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Twentieth Century Ghosts: Theatre, Time, Identities 30

This year-long, double module will examine the various ways in which drama and performance have shifted and developed during the long twentieth century and how these shifts prepare the ground for contemporary drama and theatre. The module builds on outcomes achieved and skills developed at Level 4 in Theatre Histories and in Politics of Performance. It is a module that introduces students to various turning points in 20th century theatre history, while allowing them to explore the resonances between experimentation in theatre practice and the writings/dramaturgies of the century.

It will examine the ways in which theatre both responded to and resonated with the shifting political and cultural context of the long twentieth century (from late C19th to early C21st). We will engage with examples of theatre texts, practitioners and theorists, from the UK and elsewhere, to explore the role of theatre in people’s attempt to understand the world in which they live. Placing at the heart of the module the idea of ghosting – both as a conceptual framework that recognizes theatre’s engagement with memory, time and repetition as well as ghosts as motives that return in dramatic texts – the module offers both a history and a theoretical reading of 20th century theatre. Navigating the material thematically around notions of ‘time’ and ‘identity’, the module will engage with debates around changing concepts of theatre and performance with close reference to plays and practitioners from different movements and genres.

There are three assessment points in this module. The first one is a research essay; the second one is an in-class oral proposal/pitch of a research project, chosen by each student in consultation with a member of the teaching team. The third assignment is the independent research project, which can be either individual or group.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Shakespeare & 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 U.K. and U.S.A 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
Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama 15 Credits
Seventeenth-Century Literature and Revolution 15 Credits
Nineteenth-Century Romanticism 15 Credits
The Modern Age 15 Credits
Chaucer and His World 15 Credits
Shakespeare and Seventeenth-Century Drama 15 Credits
Eighteenth-Century Romanticism 15 Credits
Victorian Fictions 15 Credits
British Literature in the Age of Reason 1688-1743 15 Credits
Literature in the Shadow of Revolution 1745-1775-1789
Gothic and Romantic Fiction 15 Credits
Postcolonial Fictions 15 Credits
The Postmodern Age 15 Credits
Individual Project 15 Credits
Literary Adaptations for Film and Television 15 Credits
Contemporary Children’s Literature 15 Credits
Volunteering for BA English 15 Credits
American Gothic 15 Credits
American Science Fiction 15 Credits
Writing America 15 Credits
Literature and Film
Work and Money in American Literature 15 Credits
Middle English Texts in Context 15 Credits
Old English 1 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

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
The Shakespeare Phenomenon 15 Credits
Crime and Englishness 15 Credits
Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century 15 Credits
Biography and the Body 15 Credits
William Blake: Poet of Jerusalem 15 Credits
Twentieth Century Dramatic Texts: Brecht and Beckett 15 Credits
Consumer Culture 15 Credits
Jewish Identities 15 Credits
Keywords 15 Credits
Literature, Sexuality and Morality 15 Credits
The City in American Literature 1868-1925 15 Credits
Renaissance Poetry at the Court of Elizabeth I 15 Credits
Romantic Celebrity Culture 15 Credits
Globalization and Contemporary Fiction 15 Credits
Literature and Psychoanalysis 15 Credits
Contemporary Young Adult Fiction 15 Credits
The Figure of the Law in Literature 15 Credits
Post-Structuralism: Theory, Text, Culture 15 Credits
African American Literatures and Cultures 15 Credits
The Contemporary American Novel 15 Credits
American Crime Fiction 15 Credits
Sex and the City and Beyond 15 Credits
Chick Lit/Womens Writing before Sex and the City 15 Credits
Old English 2 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.



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.

Course Specific Bursaries/ Scholarships

We have a variety of scholarship 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.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester