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Scripting a Television Drama

Level 4, 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

We have 1 upcoming course

27 April 2017 - COURSE FULL
(Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
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Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
10 weekly meetings
Russell Gascoigne
John Percival Building
Colum Drive
CF10 3EU
Fee £160.00 (Concessionary Fee £128.00)
Funding options

This course is full for April 2017 but there is another course commencing in September/October. Details will be live in early July 2017.



Led by an experienced, professional scriptwriter and former BBC Drama script editor, this vibrant and wide-ranging course takes you through the process of writing for TV/film and incorporates a comprehensive understanding of how the industry operates as well as covering the technicalities of scriptwriting itself. Using a variety of screened material and in-class exercises, the course deconstructs and demystifies scriptwriting’s often complex demands through practical demonstrations of its key components and principles to enable you to conceive, plan and script a television drama in keeping with established techniques and professional criteria. Pre-enrolment is essential as places are limited.

Russ Gascoigne’s scriptwriting credits include the top-rating A Touch of Frost. He has worked on series such as McCallum, Family Affairs and The Bill and is a former BBC drama script editor who has also worked as a script-reader/consultant for TV/film companies including the Movie Acquisition Corporation and the European Script Fund.


Russ Gascoigne has written for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C, his credits ranging from soap through to the top-rating A Touch of Frost. He has worked on series such as McCallum, Family Affairs and The Bill and had original work commissioned by BBC Wales, BBC Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland as well as numerous independents.

In addition to being a BBC Drama script editor he has worked as a script-reader/consultant for numerous TV/film companies including The Movie Acquisition Corporation and the European Script Fund (pilot organisation of the EU’s MEDIA Programme, the largest feature film development fund in Europe and co-developer of numerous award-winning films) (Visit Russell’s Tutor Profile page).

Who is this course for?

The course is primarily aimed at students who want to write for television/film or learn the fundamentals of scriptwriting.

Learning and Teaching

This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include discussions, exercises (optional), craft lectures and DVD extracts. You will also be given handouts as background reading to the course along with script and individual scene samples. The aim is to ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all.

You will be expected to write in your own private time, with the guidance of your tutor, while at the same time becoming familiar with the fundamental concepts of scriptwriting.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

There will be no formal examinations. You will be encouraged to write a short script to be completed by the end of the course which shows your understanding of the basics of scriptwriting.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are flexible and are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

Most resources to which your tutor will direct you can be found online.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Division on (029) 2087 0000 for more information.