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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre 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.

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) modules:

  • Acting Skills 1
  • Dance Techniques 1
  • Singing Techniques 1
  • Early Musical Theatre in Context

Year 2 (Level 5) modules:

  • Acting Skills 2
  • Dance Techniques 2
  • Singing Techniques 2
  • Contemporary Musical Theatre in Context

Year 3 (Level 6) modules:

  • Industry practice
  • Professional practice
  • Musical Theatre performance

Performing arts facilities

  • Our performing arts courses boast some of the best facilities of any performing arts degree provider in the country.
  • Our 200 capacity theatre built in 2019 is our showpiece but it’s the sprung floor dance studios, rehearsal rooms and intimate performance spaces that enhance our offer to our performing arts students.

Our show season attracts audiences from across the city and beyond and our rolling programme of visits and performance workshops from some of the industry’s most prominent and talented artists means our students get lots of hands-on training and a unique insight into the varying career pathways in performing arts.

Useful links:

Nottingham College is proud to have been awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Bronze Award for high quality student experience and outcomes. You can read more about this on the Office for Students website.

You can view the fantastic works of our Media, Photography & Performance students on our showcase website run by our media faculty team.

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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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 23rd September 2024

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C044630 / Q044631


BA (Hons) Degree in Musical Theatre validated by The Open University


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.

Additional information
The Open University logo

Nottingham College is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.

You can view the Open University Students Guide 2022 here.

In addition, you can view the OU Validated Award Regulations here.

About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

Learn more about the TEF