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This course has been designed for students who have completed a Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree in Performing Arts or a related subject and wish to ‘Top-up’ their qualification with another year of study to achieve a full Degree.

UCAS code: W471

UCAS code: W471

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A core element of the qualification involves collaborating with a professional theatre company on a full-scale production, where students take on both a performance role and a production or administrative role. Students will also complete a research project on the performing arts topic of their choice, with the option of using practical work as part of their research. The remainder of students’ study comprises optional modules that allow students to pursue their own specialism, including both dance and drama pathways.

These optional modules cover acting and staging a text, performing dance and film and digital performance. There is also an independent project module that allows students to focus on and further develop a particular area of interest, for example directing, acting, choreography, arts administration, or teaching. This module also offers the opportunity for students to carry out a work placement in the performing arts sector. Students can progress into teaching, performing, post-graduate study or working in the performing arts sector (including community or applied theatre or dance work).

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Entry Requirements

120 Credits at Level 4, 120 Credits at Level 5 in relevant subject (merit profile) + bridging assignment (may be required)


1 year

Start Date

September 2018


  • Professional Performance Project
  • Research Project
  • Digital Performance
  • Performing Text
  • Performing Dance
  • Independent Project 2
  • Performing Arts in the Community

The primary mode of assessment on this course is practical performance work and the main productions take place in our 344 seat professional theatre. Practical assessments also take the form of studio based performance and performance for the camera. In addition to practical work, students are assessed via presentations and written coursework (e.g. essays).

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The course provides progression into performing (acting or dance), teaching, post-graduate study, or other areas of work in the performing arts sector (including community or applied theatre or dance work).

Enrichment and Employability

There are a number of exciting enrichment opportunities available to students studying on this Degree course. These include our annual Shakespeare theatre project where students stage a play at the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Students can participate in a number of dance projects including becoming a member of our student Dance Theatre Company: Pork Pie.

There are also biannual trips to New York, where students can experience live performing arts shows in this exciting international city.


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