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Acting BA (Hons) Degree (Level 6) — Full-time

Course outline

This new three-year BA Honours degree is designed to develop your acting skills in preparation for working in the performance industry. It aims to provide a solid grounding in the practical and intellectual skills necessary for a successful career in stage, screen, digital and media industries.

Led by a team of inspiring staff with extensive experience working across the industry and within higher education, you will embark on a creative journey that aims to provide you with the tools necessary to excel in your chosen field.

This award is currently subject to validation, with a first intake planned for September 2023.

About the course

This is an actor training course, predominantly taught through practical exploration and rehearsal, underpinned by research, practitioner study and critical reflection. Your training will focus on vocal, physical and emotional skills enabling you to communicate character and narrative effectively in a broad range of dramatic styles and genres. You will have the opportunity to create your own original work, enabling you to explore areas of specific and personal interest and to find your own creative voice.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules are planned to include:

  • Performance skills
  • Contemporary theatre: performance and context
  • Classical theatre: performance and context
  • Media performance

Year 2 (Level 5) modules are planned to include:

  • Screen acting
  • Independent practice
  • Physical theatre
  • Ensemble performance

Year 3 (Level 6) modules are planned to include:

  • Industry practice
  • Small-scale theatre
  • Major performance
  • Major independent project

Performing Arts is based at our new £58 million City Hub campus in Nottingham City Centre’s Canalside district and offers state of the art facilities. These include a range of specially-designed rehearsal studios for acting and dance, a 160-seat versatile theatre space with wardrobe stores, workshops and industry-standard stage lighting and sound. Students can use our Digital Media Centre with TV studio, audio recording studio and multi-media suites.

You can view the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.

View showcase

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: ACT3

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Thursday 5th October 2023

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: ACT3


Level 6 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Acting (subject to validation).


3 years

Level Level 6
Entry requirements

We expect applicants to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy. We accept GCSE passes in English Language and maths at Grades 9 to 4 (previously A* to C).

Applicants must also have a minimum of 48 UCAS points from study at Level 3:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • T levels

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

Mature applicants not meeting the standard entry criteria but with relevant industry or life experience are very welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

A combination of traditional and innovative assessment methods: including case studies, group projects, live briefs, peer review, research projects, critical reflection and presentations. All assessments focus on one, or a combination of exploration, preparation, rehearsal, performance and written response, there are no written examinations.


Previous graduates have moved directly into the performance industry, teaching, drama production, youth and social work, fitness training, events management and related work in the creative arts and leisure industries.

Additional information

This programme is subject to validation.