Writing for Performance

Foundation Degree

Full and Part Time Options

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 course is outstandingly creative and vocational, and linked to the real world of writing and  performance industries. The course is a continuation option for those who successfully complete the Certificate of Higher Education in Writing for Performance or equivalent.

Second-year students will have the chance to choose from a range of 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 the spoken word then this course could be for you.

This course is regulated and validated by the Open University

  • Facilitating Other People’s Creativity

  • Theatre in Practice 2

  • Script and Screenwriting 2

  • Practice Learning Placement

  • Foundation Portfolio

If you have a Certificate of Higher Education or 120 Credits in a relevant subject you may be eligible for direct entry onto the Foundation Degree year (Level 5).

You will be expected to attend 12 hours of teaching per week with around 12 hours spent on independent self-directed study. With small classes and lots of contact time you will well supported throughout your studies.

You will write three separate assessments at the end of each of the two semesters; these will each ask for scripts of over 5000 words each and reflective essays of 1000 - 2000 words. Your creative output is our priority; everything you write will be read and discussed with your tutors.

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 have writers working in pairs and groups, as well as individually.

Members of staff involved with the delivery, teaching and assessment of the course have a range of industry experience and academic skills and a keen involvement within research and active creative output in the industry.

You will be assessed entirely on your coursework, with one formal assessment per module.

On successful completion of course you will be awarded a Foundation Degree 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

You will be eligible to apply for this course on successful completion of the Cert HE Writing for Performance (level 4) or an equivalent level 4 course. 

Entry is subject to a successful individual interview and a piece of creative writing. 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.


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Once you have successfully completed this course you will 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.