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University of Winchester

Drama and English Literature

UCAS Code: QW34

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


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.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

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.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subjects

Drama

English literature

- 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.

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Winchester

Department:

Department of Performing Arts

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
med
Drama
94%
high
English literature

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

72%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Literature in english

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,258
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Other elementary services occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Childcare and related personal services
10%
Other administrative occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Drama

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

English literature

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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