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What makes Drama & Performance at Worcester special?

At Worcester, drama is a ‘doing’ word, and every place is a performance space. We love to learn through practice, so you can hone your craft not just in the lecture theatre, but by treading the boards and working on public performances too.

You will be working within a lively and creative community. We will perform anywhere an opportunity presents itself, from museums to high schools, and with links to high-profile industry figures like Game of Throne’s Kit Harington, Drama at Worcester is always entertaining.

Key features

  • Opportunities to earn as you learn, working to professional briefs for external clients
  • Emphasis on core skills of creativity, confidence, and communication – valued in a range of future careers
  • Create your own pathway through the course, tailored to your interests, including performance, backstage, writing or directing
  • Gain experience working with professional theatre companies, both here at the University and on tour

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

260 UCAS Tariff points (single honours)

260 UCAS Tariff points (joint honours)

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Including a Level 3 qualification in a related subject such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Performing Arts, English, film studies and Media Studies. If you are unsure if your qualifications are relevant, please contact the Admissions office. If you are a mature students returning to education, experience is taken into account as well as qualifications.

Other information

Applicants are invited to attend a workshop day with the Drama Department. This workshop allows us to get to know you better and you to get to know us better. This more in depth meeting can enable us to make a lower offer to appropriate students.

A picture of a Student performance - a man sat on a bed with his head in his hands
Public performance 2013
'National Children's Dramatist' David Wood taking a masterclass with Worcester drama students. See tab below for more images.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1


  • Staging Plays: Reading, Research & Performance
  • Making Performance: Devised Performance, Production and Scenography


  • Acting for the Stage
  • The Actor, Voice and Solo Performance
  • Mask Acting
  • Puppetry and Visual Theatre
  • Theatre and Community
  • European Theatre Practices
  • Singing for Performance
  • Production and Meaning
  • Introduction to Devising

Year 2


  • Directed Public Performance: Research & Development
  • Directed Public Performance: Process, Production, Performance


  • Plays & Playwrights: British Theatre in Times of Change
  • Applied Theatre
  • Devising & Adaptation
  • Theatre & Digital Media
  • Music Theatre
  • Making Theatrical Space
  • The Actor & Poetic Text
  • Choreography & Performance
  • Adaptation: From Stage to Screen
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre, Real Lives & History
  • Directors & Directing
  • Physical Theatre

Year 3



  • Independent Research Project


  • Final Performance Project


  • Work Placement
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Theatre & Education
  • Politics & Performance
  • Site Specific Performance
  • Contemporary Performance Practices
  • Theatre & Disability
  • Staging Shakespeare Today
  • New Voices in Contemporary British Theatre
  • Sexuality in Performance
  • Scenography: Specialist Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Writing for Performance
  • Touring Theatre Production
  • Performances of Protest
  • Dance Styles

My experience of Drama at Worcester was invaluable. The course provided me with the essential tools to pursue a career in teaching the subject.

Nicki Smith, Drama teacher, Thomas Telford School

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Develop your performance skills (using both body and voice) in a range of performance styles.
  • Investigate the cultural and historical contexts of a variety of plays, playwrights, performances and genres.
  • Analyse playtexts in preparation for performance.
  • Develop your creativity and collaborative skills through making original devised and ensemble work.
  • Discover and cultivate your own specific interests and strengths within the wide field of performance.
  • Consolidate your critical thinking, and analytical and communication skills through writing, presentation, workshops and discussion.
  • Extend your knowledge of today’s working world of theatre and performance.
  • Develop and target creative work for specific audiences and contexts.
  • Utilise professional standard digital technologies in theatre, both as performers and technicians.
  • Prepare for working professionally in the field through understanding all aspects of theatre from the moment of creative inspiration to the final production.

Teaching approach

Drama deploys a wide range of teaching methods: lectures, seminars, small and large group textual workshops and improvisation, theatre visits, film and video.
Assessment is by means of both practical and written assignments, including portfolios, essays, performance, theatre reviews and practical and written Independent Study.


  • The course emphasises teaching, learning and assessment through practice.
  • Teaching and learning take place through group work, practical sessions and lecturer input, discussions, demonstrations, rehearsals, technical training, theatre visits, workshops by theatre companies, full-scale performances, projects in community contexts, guided independent research and writing, tutorials and seminars, and work experience.
  • Specialist modules, such as mask and puppetry, are taught by visiting practitioners and a number of regional and nationally acclaimed theatre companies and solo performers present their productions in our studios throughout the year.


All the related spaces are located within easy access of each other and include:

  • The Studio Theatre (a 120 seat, flexible space which has been purpose-built and comprises adjoining dressing rooms, green room and storage). This has the capacity to accommodate a wide range of staging options and is linked to:
  • The Digital Arts Centre - enabling experimental work combining live and recorded performance and digital media.
  • The Dance Studio - a space similar in size to the Studio Theatre and with the advantages of being flexible. The Art Block affords usable practical spaces for work on the scenographic aspects of production.


Where could it take you?


There are excellent career opportunities for our 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.

A proportion of our students always progress to postgraduate study to gain higher academic or professional qualifications. 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.

Earn as you learn

Drama students get the opportunity to take part is regular fee paying performance projects . This year these have included tours of specially commissioned theatre productions to schools and colleges across the region plus drama workshops for children and community groups. Students in all year groups can audition for these productions, which are led by professional directors.

I learnt how to develop vocal and physical skills, and experiment with sound, light and projections – all of which I continue to use in my current work as a professional theatre maker.

Michelle Pogmore, Performer with Reaction Theatre Makers and Founder/Director of RedDress Theatre Company


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

I loved how well everybody worked together and felt excited and dedicated to the class. It was a privilege to work with a group of people who cared.

Jacob Fazzio, 2nd year exchange student from University of Minnesota Duluth, USA


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Drama & Performance BA - W400 BA/DPSt


Joint Honours:
Art & Design and Drama & Performance 
BA - WW94 BA/ArtDrPS
Business Management and Drama & Performance BA - NW24 BA/BusDrPS
Drama & Performance and English Literature BA - WQ43 BA/DPAEng
Drama & Performance and Film Studies BA - WP4H BA/DPSFS
Drama & Performance and Fine Art
Drama & Performance and Psychology 
BA - WC48 Mod/DPP
Drama & Performance and Screenwriting 


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Apply now via UCAS

  • News

    Talawa Theatre Company

    In collaboration with Worcester Live, the University of Worcester Drama Department is incredibly excited to be hosting a week's residency with Talawa Theatre Company, who are the UK's primary Black led touring theatre company. Talawa's mission statement says that their work is "informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience, and through that we create outstanding work by cultivating the best in emerging and established Black artists". This is a fantastic opportunity for students across across all years on the BA Drama & Performance to work with a theatre company of national significance. Young people throughout Worcester are also taking part with workshops by Talawa in local schools and youth theatres, organised by Worcester Live.





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If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Admissions tutor

Stuart Currie
01905 855291