University of Winchester

Drama and English Literature University of Winchester Degree level: Undergraduate

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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.

Course details

Modules

Please see the single honours course pages for modular structure. Usually combined honours study two modules from each subject to make up the four modules per semester (2 semesters) (8 modules per year.) These two modules are usually comprised of the core modules in 1st year and then core and optional modules in 2nd and 3rd year. You will find course specific leaflets as a PDF on our website, these give further details of modular structure for combined and single honours. It is normally possible to transfer to a single honours programme at the end of Year 1.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points An A Level A*-C pass is required in an English subject. This can be English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature or Creative Writing.

A GCSE A*-C or 9 - 4 pass in English Language is required.
Access to HE Diploma We welcome applications from students who are completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma. We normally look for applicants to have studied a course that is in a similar subject and offers are usually made in line with our published tariff point range.

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications).

If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

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.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further information about any additional costs associated with this course please see the individual course page on the University of Winchester website (www.winchester.ac.uk).

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Winchester
Hampshire
SO22 4NR


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