School of Performing Arts

Drama and Musical Theatre

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

The BA Drama and Musical Theatre course at Wolverhampton offers a unique opportunity to develop performance skills as a ‘singing actor’ in a department at the cutting edge of international musical theatre research and drama practice.

The BA Drama and Musical Theatre course at Wolverhampton offers a unique opportunity to develop performance skills as a ‘singing actor’ in a department at the cutting edge of international musical theatre research and drama practice.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W564
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus, Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

The BA Drama and Musical Theatre course at Wolverhampton offers a unique opportunity to develop performance skills as a ‘singing actor’ in a department at the cutting edge of international musical theatre research and drama practice.  Our staff members have professional industry experience as directors, musical directors, performers, dramaturgs and writers, and this is reflected in the breadth of the course.  The course is vocationally-led and aims to enhance your future employability so that by the end of the course, you will have the know-how to develop your professional skills further.  The balance of practical and academic work in the programme allows for a wide range of career choices upon graduation.


What happens on the course?

Our course prepares students for employment in all areas of theatre and beyond.  The practical element of the course focuses on developing singing and performance skills, with a particular emphasis on the role of the ‘singing actor’ and the application of theatre in different educational settings.  There is a particular focus on the use of text and physical theatre alongside contemporary musical theatre, and students are encouraged to enhance and expand their chosen repertoire through weekly individual singing lessons with professional vocal tutors.  Practical work is supported by an outstanding academic programme that investigates how identity shapes our experience of musicals as creatives, performers and audience members through the lenses of gender, race, nationality, sexuality and class.  The continued dialogue between practical and academic skills make our graduates particularly versatile for future employment prospects, as evidenced in our 100% graduate employment rate.   

Level 4 modules

  • 4DR004 Practical Approaches: Performance Skills
  • 4DR006 Challenging Conventions: Text
  • 4DR008 Musical Theatre Practice – developing ensemble and individual skills through small group masterclasses and ensemble workshops
  • 4DR015 Academic Skills in Musical Theatre
  • 4DR005 Applied Drama: Setting The Context
  • 4MU015 Performance Workshop – workshopping new musicals (public performance)

 Level 5 modules

  • 5DR003 Performance: The Creative Performer (public performance)
  • 5DR004 Scenography: Applying Technologies
  • 5MU014 Performance in Practice – compiling an industry-standard audition book and performing a concert (public performance)
  • 5DR006 Applied Drama: Educator or Facilitator?
  • 5DR008 Politics, Popular Performance and Musical Theatre
  • 5MU062 Acting in Musical Theatre

Level 6 modules

  • 6DR009 The Professional Project – an extended individual project on an area of musical theatre
  • 6DR005 Contemporary Context of Musical Theatre
  • 6DR002 Applied Drama: The Workplace
  • 6MU010 Performance: The Independent Producer
  • 6DR006 Musical Theatre Production - (public performance)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Wolverhampton is at the heart of the thriving West Midlands performing arts scene that includes three major touring houses in the Wolverhampton Grand, the Birmingham Hippodrome and the Alexandra Theatre as well as the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.  There is also a lively fringe scene in Birmingham, particularly at the Old Joint Stock Theatre, and a range of amateur companies throughout the Black Country.  The University has its own professionally-run Arena Theatre, and students regularly take part in public performances at this venue.

The course itself is taught on our Walsall campus in the purpose-built Performance Hub, which is equipped with five dance and drama studios, a recording studio and a fully operational black box theatre.  There is also a swimming pool and gym onsite, and there are regular buses to both Birmingham and Wolverhampton from the edge of campus.  The department regularly invites practitioners to work with students – past visitors include Layton Williams (Billy Elliot, Hairspray, Rent), Cleve September (In The Heights, Hamilton) and Matt Rawle (Evita, Pippin) as well as musical theatre writers and producers.

The members of academic staff who lead this course are James Lovelock & Paul Brownbill

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 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £9250 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £9250 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £12000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £12250 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional Materials - Nil

Additional Field trips - £1000 - All Performing Arts students will have an opportunity to partake in the bi-annual trip to New York, costs vary according to cohort size and programme of events but can be expected to be in the order of £800 - £1,000. There will be opportunities to attend Musicals and Theatre performances in London and across the UK, recent examples: Hair, Kinky Boots, Hamilton, Rent

Additional Events/Performances - £250 -  Final performances and productions are by individual design as as such costs in this area are difficult to quantify. Potential spend areas: venue hire; props; costumes; choreographers; sets etc

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

2019 Entry

  • BBC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM; BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • Rockschool Level 3 (RSL) Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts grade D
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Read further information on the audition process here

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.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.


“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.”


The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

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.


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