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  • Engage and inspire children and young people through creative learning projects

  • Gain real insight from professional and emerging artists in our successful partnerships with forward-thinking community theatres

  • Discover and expand your own creative, cognitive and performing skills

  • Make the most of our excellent Performing Arts Studios with six bespoke spaces using the latest technology for your productions

Children’s theatre is a compelling mix of storytelling, drama and music. Our focus on this growing audience makes this programme unique. If you wish to engage with children and young people, fire their imagination and help them to explore and understand the world through theatre, then our Theatre for Children and Young People degree is perfect for you.

Our dynamic course brings together the experience and expertise of staff from the Drama, Performing Arts and Outdoor Arts degrees. You explore a variety of practical and cognitive skills and processes through making, performing and critical analysis and apply these in a wide and innovative range of performance settings.

You have opportunities to be part of a professional practice and engage with young audiences in placements at our network of schools and dedicated community theatres. These are thriving theatrical hubs that present an exhilarating range of drama, music, dance and children’s theatre.

In Years 1 and 2, you lay the foundations for your own exciting theatrical experience. You cover key areas such as Histories and Contexts, Theatre for Young Audiences, Theatre-in-Education, and Theatre as Cultural Action. You also work on a production project. In addition, a diverse and exciting array of optional modules may include Digital Performance, Writing for Performance, Puppetry and Object Manipulation, and Musical Theatre in the UK and USA.

By Year 3, you are ready to shine. You undertake an extended independent study in an area that inspires you and work on a collaborative production with fellow students.

Our course gives you the skills, experience and confidence to play your part in the creative economy. Theatre for children and young people is a developing field that offers you rewarding career opportunities in many areas of the creative and performing arts.

Graduates find work in arts administration, performing arts education in schools and theatres, social care including family and child-centred therapy and workshops, marketing and communications.


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

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 (Destinations 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

Work placements

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

Study abroad 

Our Theatre for Children and Young People course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the USA. 

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

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, 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: 264 hours
Independent learning: 936 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 948 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 144 hours
Independent learning: 1056 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

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


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 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

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

37% coursework
0% written exams
63% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

52 % coursework
0% written exams
48% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

96% coursework
0% written exams
4% 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

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and 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. 

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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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Theatre for Young Audiences 30

Through a mixture of theory and practice this module examines current programming trends for young audiences and identifies how such work is funded and supported.  It also introduces students to the range of work currently being produced for young audiences from musicals (e.g. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Matilda) through TV spin-offs (Peppa Pig) to performance in schools (Finding the Will) and work beyond the traditional forms of theatre (Oogly-Boogly and BabyJane’s Mini-Theatre). In workshops students will be introduced to the range of skills required for successful performances to/with audiences aged from 0-19 years old.

Facilitation and Outreach 30

The primary aim of this module is to enable students to gain confidence in the facilitation of group work with young participants. This work may include drama games and exercises, a theatre skills-based programme or theatre which may be described variously as educational, political, radical and transformative. Students will consider how workshopping and outreach activities are firmly embedded in children and young people’s experience of theatre. It is important that students can see that a variety of methodologies and approaches overlap and are not mutually exclusive. Students will have an opportunity to engage with local venues which allow them to engage with this work within a professional context. To support this practical learning case studies will be researched and presented by tutors and students within a practical framework so that approaches can be evaluated in terms of their similarities and differences. It will also ask students to consider the subtle but important differences to working with different age groups within the broader demographic of 4-19 year olds.   


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. 


Histories and Contexts 30

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.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Theatre as Cultural Action (Applied) 30

This module builds on students' understanding of the communication and pedagogical processes of making theatre by pursuing a study, in theory and in practice, of the role of drama work in facilitating the self-expression of groups in formal and informal community or organisational contexts. This study will proceed through a consideration of fundamental principles in relation to pedagogy, group working and individual awareness, alongside an exploration of drama and other aesthetic processes, as a means of challenge, celebration, solidarity, research analysis, collective action and direct democracy.

The work provides an experience of drama as a means of social intervention, of cultural expression and analysis, which creates discourses of possibility for the drama process as the basis for community development and social change.

Production Project 30

This module is designed to enable students to collaborate on a staff-led practical research project leading to a theatre production aimed at young audiences. Students will collaborate primarily as performers although other roles may be negotiated within a given project. Sessions on this module will be primarily in the form of workshops and rehearsals and students will engage with both critical enquiry and forms of performer training which can enable the realisation of a given research enquiry through performance/staging.


Drama in Education, Theatre in Education and Children’s Theatre 30

This double module will focus on the kind of learning that accrues to working within the arts with young people. The module will commence with an over-view of the history of DIE, Children’s Theatre and TIE. A history of child centred learning and its relationship to the pedagogy of Paulo Freire will be core to this module. The links between dramatic play and learning will be linked to early child development (Piaget, Bruner and Vygotsky) and the ways in which work in drama as a teaching and learning medium utilises learning styles and can be related to key theories such as Multiple Intelligence Theory, Language Development and Emotional Literacy in young people. The correlation between drama methodology and how young people learn will be examined in DIE and TIE contexts. The ways in which these forms can be used as a springboard for cross-curricular learning will be central to delivery of workshops by students on the module.  

Optional Credits

Optional modules

DPA2001DR Digital Performance 30 Credits

DPA2002DR Writing for Performance 15 Credits

DPA2003DR Puppetry and Object Manipulation 30 Credits

DPA2004DR Physical Theatres 30 Credits

DPA2005DR Performance Criticism  15 Credits

DPA2006DR Open Project 30 Credits

DPA2007DR Musical Theatre in the U.K. and U.S.A 30 Credits

DPA2008DR Immersive Performance 30 Credits

DPA2009DR Contemporary Cultural Heritage 30 Credits

DPA2010DR Transcultural Practices 30 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Internship 30

This module facilitates the engagement of students with the world of work post-graduation. The module asks students to approach specific artists, companies, agencies, venues, production houses, media outlets, promoters, festival organisers, or other appropriate organisations to negotiate an internship that helps them explore a real-world work interest that has arisen in relation to the curriculum followed in the BA programme so far. In so doing, students develop skills in real-world self-presentation; in negotiation; in understanding the expectations of employers, collectives, agencies, production companies or venues with regards to employment; and to explore specific roles and career goals in the general realm of Performing Arts in order to critically evaluate their own development needs and to understand the ladders of experience they wish to begin to climb in order to ‘make’ their ideal career(s) happen.

Creative Entrepreneurship and Production 15

Arts practitioners need to be aware of how their work is produced on a practical level, how to create productive and sustainable relationships with creative producers, how to become creative entrepreneurs and producers themselves, and to develop wide ranging skills associated with this function such as writing bids, funding applications and business plans. They may want to embrace the profession of creative producer as part of defining themselves as practitioners and to understand the problems associated with the tasks at a practical and artistic level.

The module will look at the function of the creative producer and entrepreneur both practically and critically, seeing the student as both creators and stakeholders within the wider infrastructure of creative production. They will present and defend a project to a panel. They will also apply their knowledge to negotiating their own collaborative projects.

Performance Now: Debates and Discourses 15

This module engages with current performance practices, debates and discourses relevant to the study of various subject areas (interdisciplinary and devised performance, new writing, theatre, dance and vocal work). It thus places performance in a contemporary interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary context acknowledging the wider cultural and political dimensions, which inform the diversity of performance practice and theory today.

The precise content of the module will depend on the issues of the day and students will be encouraged to bring in issues that have particular relevance to them.

Extended Independent Study 30

This module allows students the opportunity to negotiate the content of an individual portfolio of devised practical or written work. By arrangement the student may also undertake work-based learning. The module is supported by a compulsory series of debates about contemporary issues in Theatre for Children and Young People to which students will contribute. The debates may inform content, structure, subject or methodology of the individual practice. Performance skills alone are insufficient to pass this module.

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.

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

  • Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost £50-60 per academic year.
  • Theatre trips: Module Leaders may choose to take students on theatre trips. Often these will be paid for by the programme. In other instances, we may subsidise the ticket cost. Students would be expected to cover the cost of travel to the theatre trip location. Cost £50-60 per academic year.
  • Placement: Certain placement activities may be supported by the programme (e.g. Production Project). Other external activities that involve travel costs will be met by the student (e.g. Open Project, Volunteering). Cost £50-60 per academic year.
  • Study abroad: Students have the option to study a semester abroad in the USA in their second year of study. Costs vary.


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 or West Downs, University of Winchester