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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:W403
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

This course will prepare you for a career in the performing arts industry. You will develop movement and vocal skills with opportunities to explore a wide range of performance including musicals and physical theatre.

You will be able to select units that will further develop your skills and that include a range of dance styles and acting techniques.

You will perform work made by professional directors and/or choreographers, as well as creating your own performances to be shown in our professional theatre.

You will develop your leadership skills with opportunities to gain experience teaching and/or directing and you will be encouraged to think, write and talk about how performance theory informs your work.

A focus on learning entrepreneurial skills will help you find, apply for, and create your own opportunities to work in the exciting and diverse field of performing arts.


  • Learn from our highly experienced teaching team specialising in different areas of performing arts
  • Benefit from a wide range of workshops and talks from visiting directors, choreographers and companies.
  • Gain performance experience in our state of the art rehearsal studios and professional 280-seat theatre.
  • Benefit from extra- curricular activities including student societies and trips.
  • Show your work in the degree show
  • Gain the skills and confidence to forge your own path in the exciting and diverse field of performing arts career

Our approach is to foster each student’s unique talents. The course provides many opportunities for you to develop as an individual and to find out about the many careers within performing arts.

We are proud of the range our graduates’ careers who may be found running their own companies, working in theatres, in the holiday entertainment and music industries, teaching and using the leadership skills gained on the course in the wider cultural industries.

Working with supportive staff will help you grow in the confidence and understanding to forge your own path in the exciting and diverse field of performing arts


This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Analysing Performance (PER022-1) Compulsory
  • Devising For Performance (PER012-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding Performance (PER021-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding The Performance Sector (PER023-1) Compulsory
  • Working In The Performance Sector (PER020-1) Compulsory
  • Creating Contemporary Performance (PER026-1) Optional
  • Dance Technique And Choreography (PER025-1) Optional
  • Digital Performance (PER028-2) Compulsory
  • Questioning Performance (PER024-2) Compulsory
  • Acting In Context (PER029-2) Optional
  • Dance Technique And Improvisation (PER027-2) Optional
  • Dance Technique And Performance Making (PER026-2) Optional
  • Musical Theatre (PER012-2) Optional
  • Teaching And Community Practice (PER025-2) Optional
  • Dissertation (PER028-3) Compulsory
  • Innovations: Physical Theatre (PER009-3) Compulsory
  • Practice As Research (PER029-3) Compulsory
  • Professional Practice In Performing Arts (PER010-3) Compulsory
  • Staging New Writing (PER011-3) Optional
  • University Dance Company (PER005-3) Optional

There are a range of summative assessments used on the course. Practical assessments including acting and devising, performing dance exercises and repertoire, showing choreographic or compositional work and teaching workshops or classes. These also identify your level of attainment regarding professional and collaborative practices and engagement in practice led research in the fields of technique and choreography, performance, acting and devising and pedagogic practices. Written assessments including writing essays and portfolios, assessing your analytical, written communication and reflective skills and practice. These also identify your level of attainment regarding synthesising and understanding published theory, adherence to academic conventions, structuring arguments and the clarity and logic of your writing. Presentation assessments including performance presentations, academic papers and market place presentations assess your verbal communication, academic and entrepreneurial skills and ability to structure and disseminate your work in a live context. These also identify your level of attainment regarding locating and situating your own research and practice in both academia and the performing arts industry. The use of formative assessments across the units enables you to monitor your progress. As you progress through the 3 years, performance and choreographic work moves from studio based `in class' assessments to public performances. Your writing and research skills gradually build to equip you with the skills for your final year project or dissertation. There is significant additional support for students working towards assessment; performance-lab provides additional studio space to work towards practical assessments, one to one supervision for performance and written work and PAD, the professional academic development team.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

  • Audition

We make decisions based on UCAS applications, practical auditions and interviews.


Our graduates progress to a career in performance, teaching, small-scale touring, arts management, community arts and educational outreach.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have appropriate clothing to dance in. Your kit should include:

  • Appropriate exercise clothing such as leggings, jogging bottoms, comfortable t-shirts.
  • Loose outer wear for various activities.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student