University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton


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Course summary

Why study this course? Entering the Acting profession as a working stage and screen actor requires high-level skills and knowledge, which the BA (Hons) Acting programme at the University of Northampton is designed to help you develop. You’ll spend 30 hours per week for 30 weeks in practical training, showing your dedication and commitment and our programme is recognised by both Equity and Spotlight, ensuring that the training provided is relevant, current and of an excellent industry level standard. We follow the ethos of craft, artistry and performance application while encouraging the continual journey of self-discovery, curiosity and the employment of your imagination in truthful characterisations. Other highlights include:

  • Conservatoire-style teaching in dedicated specialist studios.
  • High profile guests delivering world class workshops throughout the year.
  • One of 8 institutions in the world to have Estill Voice International Education Affiliation status.
  • Links to prestigious Royal and Derngate theatre.
  • 3 years full-time, and students are entitled to full Equity status upon graduation.
  • Home to the Midlands Voice Conference with links to industry world leaders.
  • 100% overall student satisfaction, NSS 2020
  • Final year showcase in London to industry professionals.*
  • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students**
By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:
  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop** to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK***
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
The Northampton Employment Promise
  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
✱ Final year showcase is by invitation only and subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19: ✱ ✱ see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions: ✱✱✱ source: Guardian University League Table 2020

Course details


All modules are compulsory as they work together as a cohesive and holistic creative actor-training programme. STAGE 1: • Actors Body and Movement 1 • Acting Methodologies 1 • Theories & Histories of Acting • Vocal Technique for Actors 1 • Improvisation for Actors. STAGE 2: • Media Acting • Working with a Director • Vocal Technique for Actors 2 • Acting Methodologies 2 • Actors Body & Movement 2. STAGE 3: • Acting Methodologies 3 • Negotiated Project • Industry Preparation • Vocal Technique for Actors 3 • Actors Body & Movement 3. Module information is quoted for 21/22 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

The course is mainly assessed through practical work, performances and presentations, worth 80% of your final grade, but there is some written work in the form of journals and industry relevant tasks such as character studies and funding applications, worth 20% of your final grade.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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Unistats information

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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Acting at University of Northampton - UCAS