Acting BA

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: Birmingham City University
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Course summary

Apply your passion and complete your actor training at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire – we offer drama school level training to mould you into a versatile actor and help you launch your professional career. Our acting and performance courses have been ranked 3rd in the UK in the Guardian University league table 2019 (drama & dance category). This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey. Our BA (Hons) Acting course is designed to develop you practically, personally and professionally and prepare you for this challenging industry. We have carefully designed a contemporary course that will train you for a creative career in front of a stage, screen or radio audience. You will receive specialist training in voice, movement and singing, graduating with the skill and aptitude to take on the exciting and dynamic world of the dramatic arts. This course equips you with the skills you need to become a professional actor; continually stretching and challenging you to reach new levels of personal achievement and self-discovery. As a vocational actor training course, full commitment and attendance for a minimum of 30 contact hours a week, for a minimum of 30 weeks would be expected. Our graduates go on to achieve success in all areas of the industry; on stage, screen, radio and through writing, directing, and forming their own theatre companies. We encourage our graduates to be flexible, adaptable and entrepreneurial; supporting them in developing the skills they will need in the industry when they leave us after three years of intensive training. In their final year our actors perform Showcases in both Birmingham and London which are attended by agents, casting directors and potential employers. They also perform in three productions in external theatres in the city, create a radio play, and produce a show reel of their screen acting work. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is one of 20 member institutions of the Federation of Drama Schools. The FDS brings together all of the major drama schools that were formerly members of Drama UK.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.

Instrument/specialisms

For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Drama Performance

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW410
Institution code B34
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
A level CC Drama subject preferred A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3. Arts and Drama subjects preferred but other subjects also considered
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 64 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades DDDDD is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers.
AS Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 64 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) MPP
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
Scottish Advanced Higher DD Achieve a minimum of 64 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) " Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 64 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016)
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above one of which MUST include English Language Acceptable equivalents:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - English Key Skills level 2 - Communication English Language C/2 Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish Credit Standard Grade Scottish National 5 Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
HNC (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at Level 4 Must be in a Drama related pathway Year 1 entry only
HND (BTEC) Pass with 240 credits at Level 5 Must be in a Drama related pathway Year 1 entry only
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MPP
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 64 pts

Individual offers are made regarding grades in order to secure a place on the course.

Additional entry requirements

Audition

The audition process gives you the opportunity to tell us who you are, show us why you're passionate about taking the course, and see the spaces you'll be working in. Payment of Audition Fee of £46 required to be guaranteed an Initial Audition (in addition to the level 2 and 3 entry requirements) To make the audition fee payment please submit payment to UCAS Conservatoires on submission of your application.


English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no subtest below 5.5


Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Birmingham Conservatoire£46£46
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only)££

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Birmingham ConservatoireNot available at this location
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only)££

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

Home/EU - Equivalent or lower qualifications fees £11,590 Students studying Equivalent or Lower Qualification in higher education are assessed to see whether they are looking to study at the same level to a qualification they already hold or at a lower level to a qualification they already hold. Students categorised as studying for an ELQ at the Birmingham Conservatoire will be charged a tuition fee rate that is higher than the standard published rates. This is because in 2008 the government announced that it would no longer provide funding to support universities teaching students who were classed as ELQ status.
Acting BA at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS