School of Performing Arts

Drama and Musical Theatre

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W564
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021, 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts
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Why choose this course?

  Please note this course is only available for year three (level six) entry only.

The aim of the BA Drama and Musical Theatre course is to produce enterprising students who are capable of independent thought, of working between and across disciplines, and of creative and critical engagement in both drama and musical theatre in regional, national and international contexts. During the course, you will explore the inter-relationships between knowledge, understanding and doing. You will develop the skills to use new technologies in a range of subject-specific applications. The course is vocationally-led and aims to enhance your future employability. By the end of the course, you will have the know-how to develop further both your professional skills and your powers of critical analysis.


What happens on the course?

Specialist modules in Musical Theatre are focused on combining skills in music and drama in dynamic and enterprising ways. Learning activities in both Drama and Musical Theatre will support your personal development, enable you to apply your learning to a range of different contexts, develop your understanding of how you might manage your future career and support your acquisition of subject-specific and generic skills. Through workshops, rehearsals, productions, practical classes, studio-based practice, screenings, lectures, discussions (both online and in class), seminars, and tutorials, you will be encouraged to apply your knowledge and understanding of critical theory to case studies within regional, national and international contexts.

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course will give you the opportunity to develop and combine practical skills in both music and drama. The course is suitable for students wishing to train as actor-musicians or singing actors, recognising the growing need for such skills in the performance industry.

You will have practical modules in drama and musical theatre at all levels of the course to enable you to develop your performance skills. The combination of modules offers students the opportunity to apply their skills in a range of contexts; in performance, education and production.
The course develops academic and practical skills, and examines historical and contemporary practice in both drama and musical theatre. In addition, all students will be offered instrumental training on their first instrument (most frequently, voice.)
The Performance Hub will provide state of the art facilities, designed to nurture talent and produce future leaders in the Creative Industries.

The course provides opportunities to train as either a singing actor or an actor-musician. You will be able to apply a range of skills to a variety of contexts in Drama and/or Musical Theatre. The diverse nature of the modules offered enables students to consider a number of career paths on graduation.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
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 £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: You will be required to purchase your own vocal straw/tube for singing exercises (approximate cost: £21). Appropriate dance or movement clothes should also be purchased.
Single honours musical theatre students will be required to provide personal dance equipment, including jazz shoes and tap shoes (approximate cost: £35). Purchasing character shoes may also be beneficial but is not compulsory.

Additional field trips: There will be opportunities to attend musicals and theatre performances in London and the UK; students are expected to cover the cost of this (approximately in the region of £10-35 per visit). Trips abroad will be arranged when possible and costs depend on availability and cohort size.

Additional events/performances: Students participate in a range of performances during their studies. Costs will vary according to the type of performance (recital, cabaret, scene study) but every effort is made to ensure that costs aren’t excessive. In some cases, you may be asked to provide your own costume where appropriate (cost depends on items required but can be in the region of £50).

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

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

Applicants are required to hold 120 credits at Level 4 and Level 5 (for Year 3 entry) from either a HND or a Foundation Degree in a Drama, Musical Theatre or Acting related subject

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Further details can be found at

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.


“My Musical Theatre training was an amazing journey! Throughout the course of three years the amount I learned about musical theatre was outstanding. My skills as a performer have also evolved. All this is due to the outstanding tutors that have taught me.”

“The vocational aspect of the drama training I have received is stimulating, and it prepares you for the professional world”

“Excellent lecturers who are always enthusiastic in teaching.”

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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