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Musical Theatre BA (Hons) Degree (Level 6) — Full-time

Course outline

This new BA Honours degree is designed to help you develop as a triple threat performer preparing for work in the global Musical Theatre industry.

It aims to provide a solid grounding in practical and intellectual skills across the disciplines of dance, singing and acting; all necessary skills for a successful career on stage or screen.

As the worldwide Performance Industry grows and with musicals and dance companies dominating the commercial stage; there’s a need for Musical Theatre graduates well-trained in dance, singing and acting.
This award is currently subject to validation, with a first intake planned for September 2023.

We offer specialist training from lecturers with real professional experience. The emphasis is placed equally on all disciplines in order to make great all-round performers. We have small class sizes to maximise individual tuition.

After a balanced and comprehensive training: graduates are ready to go out and perform with confidence and a style of their own. Training focuses on developing dance, singing and acting skills to enable you to communicate effectively across a range of Musical Theatre styles.

You’ll have the opportunity to create your own original work, exploring areas of specific and personal interest and to find your own creative voice.

In Years 1 and 2, each module begins with the foundations of technique and ends in a practical performance project.

Year 3 focuses on your development as a professional performer, with at least two major public performances and the opportunity to create your own original piece of musical theatre or film.

Year 1 (Level 4) Indicative modules include:

  • Acting: developing performance skills
  • Dance: practice
  • Singing: technique into performance
  • Musical Theatre: the classical musical

Year 2 (Level 5) Indicative modules include:

  • Acting: ensemble performance
  • Dance: developing dance technique
  • Singing: developing the voice
  • Musical Theatre: the contemporary musical

Year 3 (Level 6) Indicative modules include:

  • Industry practice - showcase
  • Small-scale theatre
  • Major performance
  • Independent project

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: MUT3
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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.

As part of the admissions process, applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements may be invited to attend an informal interview/audition.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is via mix of traditional and innovative 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.


Graduates will be well-equipped for a long and successful career in the Creative Arts. Possessing practical transferable skills in performance, production, technical theatre, stage management, directing and choreography that can be applied to a wide variety of careers.

We’re very proud of our alumni and graduates, who can be seen in West End shows, UK tours, on cruise liners and gracing our TV screens.

This programme could be the first step toward postgraduate study or springboard your career as a: performer, actor, singer, dancer, director, musical director, choreographer, drama/dance/music therapist, community arts practitioner, teacher or arts manager.