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Drama & Performance and Screenwriting BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Innovative approach, with Screenwriting modules on craft and voice, creativity and collaboration and professionalism and employment
  • High academic standards with an emphasis on critical evaluation, research skills and reflective practice
  • With its focus on developing craft capability, industry awareness, production experience and employer engagement, the course reflects the requirements of training and skills organisations for the creative industries such as Creative Skillset
  • Creative teaching by academics and industry professionals, incorporating guest lectures, Skype discussion and other forms of involvement from high-level professionals in radio, TV and film
  • For those wishing to pursue a range of careers in theatre, including acting, writing, lighting and sound, directing and set design; a very stimulating and motivating course
  • Drama & Performance element predominantly taught in two state-of-the-art drama studios, fully equipped with lighting, sound, video and projection facilities
  • Earn-as-You-Learn opportunities, for example paid work as a youth theatre assistant or as a performer in our theatre in education company as well as a range of work placement opportunities with local theatres, companies and schools that lead regularly to offers of employment
  • One Drama & Performance course strand addresses the needs of students interested in teaching, theatre in education, youth theatre and community theatre

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Drama & Performance and Screenwriting.

These subject areas share an interest in many of the media through which writers and performers interact to create drama and narrative (TV; film; radio; online). Studying them as Joint Honours is therefore full of possibility. Both are ‘practice-based’: you learn primarily through ‘doing’ - through performing, making theatre and writing.

All Drama & Performance modules are ‘practice-based’ (ie you learn primarily through participation in performance). All students have opportunities to direct, write, devise and design performance work. Alongside, you examine the cultural contexts of drama and the theories that have spurred its development and informed how we understand it. There are opportunities to explore the diverse ‘applications’ of drama (in TV, live theatre, film and online), its social and historical significance, and its community roles and roles in education. Leading theatre companies and practitioners regularly visit to work with students, to provide workshops and to grow your understanding of the profession in support of your employability. Recent visitors have included Punchdrunk, Stan’s Café, Idle Motion, Shared Experience and award-winning children’s dramatist, David Wood. The course explicitly addresses the needs of students who, on graduating, are interested in theatre (performance, technical theatre, writing, directing, theatre/arts administration) or in teaching, theatre-in-education, youth theatre or community theatre. Students are regularly involved in public performance and the course’s networks of professional and community contacts generate numerous opportunities for ‘earn while you learn’ paid work.

Screenwriting nurtures your love of story and aims to develop your skills as a writer and media practitioner for the 21st century. It provides creative, challenging approaches to writing for the screen and performance – from initial conception to production. You are taught by lecturers with both academic and professional, industry backgrounds who are well placed to offer you expert advice and to support your development of original writing. The course provides you with many opportunities to network with industry contacts, supporting your developing understanding of how your writing skills are transferable to employment within the media industries. Scheduled visitors in 2014/15 include writers for Holby City, Hollyoaks and Moving On and development executives from the makers of TV shows including Gavin and Stacey, The Royle Family and Philomena. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things; Eastern Promises; Peaky Blinders) will be providing individual script feedback to the winner of The Steven Knight Award for Best Screenplay, awarded exclusively to one of Worcester’s final year Screenwriting students.

If you are looking for academic study primarily through the development of creative, practical work - and if telling stories and making, thinking and writing for and about theatre and performance are where your interests lie – then this Joint Honours programme may be your perfect choice.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Stuart Currie
Admissions Tutor, Drama & Performance
01905 855291

Sarah Evans
Course Leader, Screenwriting
01905 855298

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Scriptwriting: Ideas and Development
Story Design and Analysis
Staging Plays: Reading, Research & Performance
Introduction to Devising


Module options:

Puppetry and Visual Theatre
Mask Acting
Theatre and Communities
European Theatre Practices

Year 2

Core modules:

Scriptwriting: Concept Development and Realisation


Module options:

Screen Adaptation
Writing the Feature Film
Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV
Applied Theatre in a Range of Community Contexts
Plays and Playwrights: British Theatre in Times of Change
Devising & Adaptation
Theatre & Digital Media
Music Theatre
Making Theatrical Space
The Actor & Poetic Text
Choreography & Performance
Adaptation from Stage to Screen
Theatre, Real Lives & History
Directors & Directing
Physical Theatre

Year 3

Core modules:

Industry, Practices and Applications


Module options:

Independent Study
Screenwriting: Final Project
Scriptwriting Extension Module
Radio and Television Comedy
Independent Research Project or Final Performance Project
Politics & Performance
Site Specific Performance
Contemporary Performance Practices
Theatre & Disability
Staging Shakespeare Today
New Voices in Contemporary British Theatre
Physical Performance, Choreography & Community Practices
Writing for Performance
Theatre for Young Audiences
Theatre & Education
Sexuality in Performance
Scenography: Specialist Project
Professional Practice



The opportunity to be introduced to current industry contacts in Screenwriting is an essential element of the progression of your work across the three years, giving you a unique insight into how your skills can transfer into employment within the media industry. There are many career path options including working in the digital arts industries, in film and television and arts organisations, and taking up university and school teaching or postgraduate academic and creative writing courses.

There are excellent career opportunities for Drama & Performance graduates. These are both in drama-related areas, such as theatre, education, and the media, and in a wide range of other fields of employment made accessible through skills learned on the course in presentation, performance, critical thinking and writing, creativity, confidence and communication. Former students often set up their own businesses, for example as small scale touring theatre companies or drama education providers. Past students are now working as actors, producers, stage managers and directors for employers across the areas of theatre, TV, radio and film. Teaching and lecturing are very popular career choices for our graduates, as are arts administration and marketing. A proportion of our students always progress to postgraduate study to gain higher academic or professional qualifications.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Drama & Performance and Screenwriting BA (Hons) - WW48

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