Writing for Performance

Certificate of Higher Education

Full Time

September 2017

One Year (FT)

Contact us: 01865 759600 enquiries@ruskin.ac.uk

Have you ever thought about writing your own play, script or performance piece? This is an outstandingly creative and vocational course that will link you to the real world of writing and the performance industries. If you wish to continue your studies this course will enable you to progress onto the Foundation Degree in Writing for Performance. With small classes and lots of  contact time you will be well supported throughout your studies.

You will have the opportunity to go on professional industry placements – in theatre, film or radio, or in a range of community settings - which cater to virtually any writing for performance genre.

We invite professional actors to perform your play scripts, and through a collaboration with Oxford Brookes University you will have the chance to see your screenplays brought to life.

If you have  an aptitude for writing and a passion for theatre, film, TV and spoken word then this course is for you.

The course is regulated and validated by the Open University.

  • Introduction to Writing for Performance

  • The Quest for Originality: Literary History and Theory for Performance Writers

  • Script and Screenwriting

  • Theatre in Practice

  • The Writer’s Voice

  • Professional Practice

This course will typically involve you attending 12 hours of lectures a week with an additional 12 hours a week of self directed study.

You will write three separate assessments at the end of each of the two semesters; these will each ask for scripts of 2500 words each and a reflective essay of 1000 words.

The diverse range of teaching methods and assessment types allows students to develop a wide range of skills. You will experience lectures, films, workshops, discussions and all forms of exercise that will involve you working in pairs and groups, as well as individually.

Tutors have an extensive range of industry experience and academic skills and a keen involvement within research and active creative output in the industry.

Assessment is coursework-based with one formal assessment per module.

On successful completion of course you will be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education in Writing for Performance.

Tutors for this course:

Dr Namita Chakrabarty

Helen Mosby

John Retallack


Home/EU tuition fees are £9,000 per year for full time students. The International fee is £9,000 per year. Part time student fees are £4,500 per year.

Fees are payable to Ruskin College on enrolment. Please note that these fees may be subject to change. Subject to eligibility, most full and part time students will be eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company


Subject to eligibility, full time students may be eligible to apply for help with their living costs with a Maintenance Grant/Loan. Part time students are not eligible for any financial help with maintenance.


Funding is available from Student Finance England if you live in England (www.gov.uk/studentfinance, 0845 300 5090). If you live in other parts of the UK please contact Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Award Agency for Scotland. International students will be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees. Further information on funding can be found in our fees and funding support section.


Students who are not resident in college need to budget for transport to the college. All students will need to consider the additional costs of books and stationery items – although much of the reading material that you need will be available in the college library.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

Ruskin College is committed to widening participation and has no specific Level 3 academic entry requirements for students to study on its higher education programmes. Students must demonstrate that they have the ability to benefit from studying the programme and fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme. Students must demonstrate an interest in the field of study they wish to undertake. Students may be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing their programme if they plan to undertake external work experience or placement opportunities offered by that programme.

There are no formal qualifications for this course, however entry is by individual interview and through a piece of creative writing that is carried out before or after the interview. Students have to give clear proof of their capacity to work in an organised and productive way and for their written English to be of a high standard.

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Once you have successfully completed this course you will have the opportunity to progress onto the Foundation Degree Writing for Performance course. You will then have the skills needed to work in various roles such as within theatre, as a writer, or as a performance poet. Many people who do this course go on to work in the film, tv and radio industries or work within their communities.