School of Performing Arts

Acting and Theatre

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years

The BA (Hons) in Acting and Theatre offers you the opportunity to learn about a wide range of contemporary theatre and performance in a variety of regional, national and international contexts.

The BA (Hons) in Acting and Theatre offers you the opportunity to learn about a wide range of contemporary theatre and performance in a variety of regional, national and international contexts.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W411
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts
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Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) in Acting and Theatre offers you the opportunity to learn about a wide range of contemporary theatre and performance in a variety of regional, national and international contexts. You will undertake training in vocal and physical skills and develop further skills that will make you a creative actor and collaborator, including ensemble skills, devising and creating work for a variety of settings, playwriting, and understanding how theatre can be used as a tool for change.

You will learn by ‘doing’: the course offers practical training alongside the opportunity to apply theory to practice. Such opportunities happen in a range of contexts including: working in small-scale professional theatre settings, applied theatre (for example, in education or wellbeing settings). Its interdisciplinary focus allows you to acquire further skills and knowledge involved in the creation of performance and theatre, which include use of technology for design and self-promotion purposes. You will receive support from specialist lecturing staff and visiting professionals who will guide you through your training. The course offers lots of opportunities to engage with current, employment-related professional practice, enabling you to enhance your career potential.

What happens on the course?

During the course, you will explore the inter-relationship between knowledge, understanding and doing, applying these skills to ‘real world’ settings whilst having the chance to work as a semi-independent professional. You will acquire skills that encourage you to work ethically and creatively to develop and produce work for wide-range of diverse audiences and contexts.

The course aims to develop the skills to use new technologies in a range of subject-specific applications: these may include digital self-promotion methods for audition purposes, use of 3D imaging and manipulation technology for theatre design, use of industry-standard software for lighting and set design. The BA (Hons) Acting and Theatre course is vocationally-led and aims to enhance your future employability through engagement with a variety of contexts. It aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration to create and develop theatre in rapidly evolving contexts including: small-scale and site-specific theatre production, applied theatre (in education and wellbeing contexts), and offers the opportunity to work in professional contexts, particularly through a close partnership with the Arena Theatre, based at our City campus. Such partnerships and contexts enhance your employability by allowing you to apply critical thinking, theory and practice in industry-standard contexts.

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Everything you need to know about this course!

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  1. Actively and efficiently engage with group and individual processes and demonstrate a sensitive understanding of appropriate vocabularies and working methods.
  2. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of forms, practices, traditions, texts, theories and histories of theatre and performance in their cultural, historical and contemporary contexts.
  3. Analyse and evaluate differing arguments about theatre, drama and performance in a variety of regional, national and international contexts.
  4. Understand the interplay between practice and theory and be able to use that understanding in a dynamic, ethical and enterprising 
  5. Apply a wide range of skills, techniques and new technologies to communicate information to specialist and non-specialist audiences and to find solutions to problems.

Use current and relevant theatre and performance-related high skills and technologies to enhance your employment prospects.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • Rock School (RSL) L3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts - grade M
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and Production Arts - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Further details can be found at Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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