- Our Drama and English Literature course has a 92.7% satisfaction rating in The Guardian’s 2018 University League Table
- 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 Children’s Literature and Young Adult Fiction, Victorian Literatures and Artists Specialism
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% of our 2016/17 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.
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.
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: 228 hours
Independent learning: 972 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 936 hours
Placement: 12 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours
Placement: 12 hours
*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.
Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.
All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. 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 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)*:
10% written exams
35% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
2% written exams
35% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
0% written exams
11% 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.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures
2021 Entry: 96-112 points
96-112 points to include an A level or equivalent level 3 pass in English, or in a related subject in the areas of arts, humanities or social sciences, including drama, theatre, communications, history, theology or philosophy.
International Baccalaureate: 48 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.
A grade 5 in English subject required.
If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components.
A grade 5 in an English subject is required. This can be in English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing
Applicants to this course are expected to attend an interview at the University. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about the format of the interview on receipt of your application.
Applicants from outside the UK can be interviewed via Skype if preferred.
Course Enquiries and Applications
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Year 1 (Level 4)
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.
|Studying English Literature||30|
This double module provides the foundation for the degree by establishing key skills for English Literature students. It focuses on four key areas:
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.
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.
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.
A literary text does not have meaning in and of itself, its meaning is always a product of its relation to other texts, both literary and non-literary. This module will examine a range of ways that texts have been analysed through their relationship with other texts. It will begin with the well-established concepts of source, genre, and allusion, examining specific texts and tracing these relationships. It will then look at theoretical expansions of the concept of intertextuality and consider these in relation to an extended study of a pair of related literary texts. Finally, it will consider adaptation of literary texts such as a fairy tale into other media such as film, television and the visual arts, considering how identification of a text as an adaptation of a preceding one impacts upon the interpretation of both.
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.
While Goethe introduced the phrase Weltliteratur in 1827 and called on us to hasten its approach, ‘World Literature’ remains, in David Damrosch’s view, an ‘elusive’ thing (‘Which literature? Whose world?’) Drawing on critical methodologies established in Studying English Literature, and complementing Literature in Context, this module will focus on how the study of ‘English’ as a discipline is affected by globalization and so-called ‘identity politics’. It will explore a range of texts both modern and foundational to illustrate a variety of concepts and critical issues, including: diaspora and migration, nationalism and multiculturalism, non-British English and reading in translation, and the effect of globalization on contemporary politics. It also invites students to consider the heterogeneity of the term ‘World Literature’ as both a hindrance and a benefit when tackling concepts like, for example, gender as a social and, increasingly, international construct.
Year 2 (Level 5)
|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.
|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.
Year 3 (Level 6)
|Extended Independent Study||30|
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.
Students must choose either Extended Independent Study or Dissertation.
The dissertation is an extended treatment of between 8,000 and 10,000 words on a subject of the student’s choice (subject to approval). Study is primarily student-directed, with supervision supplied by tutors teaching/researching in the subject area. Students will draw on the Preparation for Research and Professional Writing module in addition to a small number of general lectures to further provide guidance through the process, but this is primarily a self-directed, independent study. A viva voce exam might be requested of students in order to clarify assessment decisions.
Students must choose either Extended Independent Study or Dissertation.
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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
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.
2021 Course Tuition Fees
|UK / Channel Islands /|
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland
|Optional Sandwich Year**||£1,385||£1,385|
|Total with Sandwich Year||£29,135||£42,785|
If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2021, 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 £115 and a 15 credit module is £1,725.
*Please note, the tuition fees for students from the EU (excluding UK and Republic of Ireland) are yet to be confirmed by the University.
** 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.
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 optional and mandatory costs for this course:
Students may find it useful to purchase texts for use in class and their studies. Opportunities to attend performances may have associated travel and ticket costs. Work in community contexts may require DBS clearance and travel which would be additional costs. Study abroad has associated costs.
DBS: some students may choose to work in community contexts which require a DBS check. The current cost is £46
Core Texts: texts are available via the library, however students may wish to purchase their own copies, especially when exploring play texts in practical classes. Some texts are available second-hand or electronically, which can often reduce costs. Indicative costs are: £50-60.
Placements: If students undertake a placement in a community context as part of their practical project work in Years 2 and/or 3, they are responsible for their travel costs. Indicative costs are £50-60.
Trips: We organises incursions and excursion to see performances; some tickets are free, other ticket costs are kept to a minimum. Sometimes travel costs to a venue will need to be paid by the student. Indicative costs: £30
Study abroad: Students have the option to study a semester abroad in the USA in their second year of study. Indicative cost for flights is £1000-£1300.
Printing and Binding
The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 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. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative cost of £1.50-£3.
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
- On campus, Winchester