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What makes Drama with Psychology* at the University of Worcester special?

Drama with Psychology has been specifically designed for anyone wanting to develop skills in drama and performance but who has an additional interest or ambition in using these skills in a wider context.

The advantage of this design over a joint honours for example is that it presents a coherent and identifiable route into a range of career opportunities. The balance of the course is such that you will be able to develop enough high level skills and understanding of both Drama & Performance and Psychology to pursue career opportunities in these areas.

The course is a combination of evidence and problem-based learning together with the application of theory into practice.

Over the three years, you will have the opportunity to develop practical, technical, conceptual and creative skills with the ability to conduct research, critical analysis and application of your understanding in a range of contexts.

In the first and second years the flavour is more towards the drama related aspects to allow you to develop the necessary skills in these areas whilst developing the necessary skills and knowledge in Psychology to embed and apply your learning throughout the course.

In the third year additional psychology modules are available, which enables you to choose the balance of your final year and so steer the degree towards your own interests and ambitions.

Completing the course with a good second class honours degree will enable access onto one of our related post-graduate courses.



Key features

  • Learning through practice
  • Application of theory into practice
  • A balance of innovative and traditional assessment methods to support your learning
  • A very stimulating and motivating course for those wishing to pursue a range of careers in theatre
  • Work in state-of-the-art, fully equipped studios and laboratories
  • Earn-as-You-Learn opportunities, including a range of work placement opportunities
  • Opportunity to study abroad in Europe and North America

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points (for example, BBC at A Level)

Applicants should have 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above and a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications such as BTEC National Diploma

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If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Devising and Physical Theatre
  • Plays in Context
  • Theatre and Communities
  • Introduction to Studying Psychology
  • Applied Psychology 2: Forensic and Therapeutic Settings


Year 2


  • Applied Psychological Science
  • Applied Theatre


  • Devising and Adaptation
  • Theatre & Digital Media
  • Music Theatre
  • Making Theatrical Space
  • Choreography and Performance
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre, Real Lives and History
  • Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Optional language modules

Year 3


  • Drama with Psychology Project
  • Interpersonal Communication skills and practices


  • Contemporary Performance Practices
  • Theatre & Learning Disability
  • New Voices in Contemporary British Theatre
  • Work Placement
  • Writing for Performance
  • Theatre & Education
  • Sexuality in Performance
  • Scenography: Specialist Project
  • Dance Styles
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Professional and Ethical Issues in Counselling
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Drama with Psychology draws upon two distinct yet complementary disciplines and the teaching reflects this. Across the course you will experience a combination of methods including interactive practical workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and practical activities.

All these forms enable the application of learning through a combination of practical work, groups discussion, problem-based learning and smaller group activities. Single sessions may involve lectures, workshops, seminars and practical sessions; site based work and formative exercises.

Theory is taught through practice to enable you to gain a real understanding on how to apply research in a practical and professional context.

Psychology is normally lecture-seminar based but practical, problem-based learning is also a key component of the delivery, as well as blended and online delivery of course content.

Seminars enable the discussion and understanding of topics covered in lectures and practical session are focussed on developing specific skills and applied individual and group work, and make extensive use of formative feedback to shape your learning and confidence throughout modules.

You will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor who will be accessible to you throughout your time here via a number of scheduled sessions in each year plus private meetings for help and advice as you need it.

The emphasis is on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services as well as the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you towards your goals. The course makes extensive use of Blackboard as an e-learning tool and staff have increasingly trialled the use of technology to enhance learning.




Contact time

In a typical week, you will have around 15 contact hours of teaching plus tutorials depending upon the optional modules selected. In the final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study and work placement opportunities. The typical contact time will be structured around:

  • 12 hours of taught interactive sessions
  • 2 hours of formal lectures
  • 1 hour of seminars

Class sizes in Drama are around 20-25 and in Psychology, 30-40. Where larger lectures take place, learning is supported with group based approaches, online activities and bookable individual tutorials to ensure personalised learning.

In addition there will be a combination of scheduled and optional tutorial time.

Independent self study

In addition to the above contact time, students are expected to engage with around 20-25 hours of personal study per week. Typically this will involve individual and/or group work on projects and tasks, preparing for assignments, trips to see work and going to the library. Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Hive library, the virtual learning environment, extensive access to vast electronic learning resources and of course, purpose built and dedicated performance studios.


  • 3 years full-time
  • 4-6 years part-time


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team from drama and psychology, whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes respected senior academics and professional practitioners with substantial, current industry experience.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and all lecturers have, or are working towards a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


Assessment takes the form of formative (informal) and summative (formal) assessment.

Formative assessments carry no weighting but are really important and designed to help you achieve your best in the final summative assessments. Formative assessment can take different forms such as student support teams, informal peer assessment or rehearsed presentations and performances. It is also embedded in your ongoing engagement with tutors and is part of the individual tutorial system.

Assessment normally requires a combination of practical work and critical reflection, for example a performance or group presentation with subsequent oral assessment or written analysis). Written assessment is varied and some modules may require different forms such as essay, contextual analysis, blog, creative writing or learning journal. There is also one formal written examination in the third year.

The following gives an indication of the types of assessment you might expect across any year. This is only an indication and will vary depending upon your choice of modules.

Year 1

  • 3 x essays / reflections
  • 4 x group practicals / performance work
  • 2 x individual or group presentations

Year 2

  • 4 x essays / reflections
  • 4 x oral assessments
  • 4 x group practicals / performance work

Year 3

  • 4 x essays / reflections
  • 4 x group practicals / performance work
  • 1 x major independent study project (approx. 6,000 words or equivalent)
  • 1 x formal examination of 2 hours duration

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme Specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course


Alison Reeves

Alison Reeves’ main teaching specialisms are Applied Theatre and Theatre in Education.

Her most recent productions are an updated version of Euripides’ The Trojan Women and an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories which toured to local arts venues with invited primary school audiences.


Where could it take you?

A degree with Psychology is highly favoured by employers, giving you an excellent advantage in the job market. Previous graduates have gone into roles as diverse as management, human resources, teaching, healthcare or art therapy. During your studies with us you will learn and develop a broad range of transferable skills. An important part of this learning process is the ability to reflect upon your own experiences; an aspect of practice engaged in by all professional psychologists.

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. Others have taken their skill into other areas and teaching and lecturing are very popular career choices for our graduates, as are arts administration, marketing PR and events management.

An increasing number of our students opt for higher study and following successful completion of your BA, we offer an MSc in Psychology that would provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) or an MSc in Counselling, which opens up careers in counselling professions. If you go on to complete the MSc Psychology, the option of entering professional training within a particular pathway in psychology is then opened up to you.

Alternatively, should you prefer a drama and theatre related specialism, you could enroll onto the MA in Contemporary Performance Practices, MRes in Theatre and Performance or even a MPhil/PhD

The transferable skills of graduates in this domain are those much sought after in a range of other environments such as business and commerce; they enhance students' profiles and employability and they are explicitly found in all work undertaken in drama. The development of an appropriate work ethic, including taking on roles and responsibilities, negotiation and decision making, leadership, interpersonal engagement and serving the whole are essential in any kind of production work, and this is embedded in the learning and teaching and assessment strategies employed by the department.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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.

Budgets are agreed and provided for all production-based work and for mandatory trips related to the course and as such it is perfectly possible to go through the course without incurring additional costs However, should you decide to exceed your agreed allocations then you would be expected to pay the additional cost, similarly where trips are optional then a charge will be made.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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