Acting BA (Hons)

Course ID
Finch's Lecture Room - A
Lecture, Online

Course detail & modules

Our acting course goes beyond training, providing depth and context to everything that you study. Our degree will help you to become a self-reflective practitioner – an artist who can think, write and create their own work.

During this course you will undertake exciting and demanding training in professional acting. The main focus of this will include the practical skills, knowledge and experience you need to enter the acting industry.

In addition to acting, you will study:

  • voice
  • movement
  • singing
  • mask work
  • accent/dialects
  • acting through song
  • audition technique
  • acting for camera.

This will ensure that when you graduate you will have had the opportunity to perform within all styles of theatrical performance.

Your studies will help you to understand acting as an art, as well as to assess your own development as an artist.

You will be encouraged to critically assess the global influence of acting as an art form.

Throughout your course, including on your three major performance projects, you will be learning from leading practitioners, many of whom work actively within the profession.

Entry requirements

These can include:

  • A Levels at grade B, B and B, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Distinction, Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* – C) or Level 2 equivalents.


Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

Compulsory modules

Level 4

  • Acting 1: Realism
  • The Actor’s Voice 1
  • Movement Fundamentals
  • Theatre Making


Level 5

  • The Body in Action
  • Acting 2: The Actor and the Audience
  • Acting 3: Comedic and Poetic Text
  • The Actor’s Voice 2
  • Research for Theatre-Makers


Level 6

In support of your Level 6 modules, you will also undertake the following additional studies:

  1. Rehearsed Readings of New Writing
  2. Healthcare Role-plays.


  • Research for Production
  • Professional Practice and Acting for Recorded Media
  • Advanced Movement and Voice for Production

Optional modules

  • Contemporary and Classical Theatre Productions
  • Work-Based Learning: Professional Production
  • Public Production 1 for Actor-Musicians

Study & career progression

Some of the most popular careers for acting degree graduates include:

  • West End and regional professional theatre
  • film, television and radio
  • new writing
  • physical, devised and political theatre
  • theatre for young audiences
  • teaching (following the successful completion of a PGCE)
  • related creative industries.

Recent graduate successes have landed high-profile acting roles – some within days of their final class – for the following:

  • National Theatre
  • Royal Opera House
  • West End and regional theatre
  • major Hollywood Films
  • BBC and Amazon Prime dramas.