University of Worcester

Drama and Playwriting University of Worcester Degree level: Undergraduate


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Playwriting at University of Worcester is a uniquely focused course, delivered by a team which includes professional playwrights, to prepare you for a career as a writer for theatre and live performance. Today’s theatre needs new voices: it needs to hear from the young and the under-represented. It needs your voice.

Through developing your understanding of different play structures, approaches to capturing dialogue and plotting narrative, and experimenting with style, you will establish the tools to express your own ideas and concerns in your work. The course will introduce you to how to “think theatrically;” in other words, how to write on the page but with an understanding of how this could come to life on the stage. Theatre is essentially a collaborative art, and playwrights in current theatre practice rarely work in isolation, so experience on the course of working alongside directors, performers, musicians, lighting and set designers and other theatre professionals will deepen your professional practice. Your final play will be workshopped and presented by professional actors in a showcase event.

Within BA Playwriting, you will learn how to get your work published and how to submit your plays to competitions, festivals, theatres and theatre companies. Alongside this, you will explore other career possibilities such as venue script readers, producers, dramaturgs or reviewers. BA Playwriting sits as a Joint Honours degree alongside BA Drama & Performance, or BA Screenwriting, or BA Creative and Professional Writing. Combining Playwriting with one of these subjects will give a real breadth to your writing experience, and open up opportunities to move forwards in different career directions in theatre, film, TV, radio, digital and print platforms.

There is also an opportunity to extend your experience through a year abroad, for example at a University in Europe, USA, Australia or India, facilitating a more international experience of theatre to inform your own playwriting practice.

Key features

  • Practice-based approach, led by professional playwrights

  • Interdisciplinary projects across drama, dance & music theatre

  • Regular theatre trips

  • Read and workshop your script with professional actors

  • Possibility of a year abroad

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Course details


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Assessment method

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How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code WW84
Institution code W80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £12,700 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

These fees are set by the University, but are subject to UK Government confirmation. The University expects to apply an inflationary increase to its published fee levels every academic year.

Provider information

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University of Worcester
Henwick Grove

Course contact details

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01905 855111

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