Nottingham College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University


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Course summary

This 3 year BA Honours degree is designed to develop your acting skills in preparation for working in the performance industry. It aims to provide a solid grounding in the practical and intellectual skills necessary for a successful career in stage, screen, digital and media industries. Led by a team of inspiring staff with extensive experience working across the industry and within higher education, you will embark on a creative journey that aims to provide you with the tools necessary to excel in your chosen field. This award is validated by The Open University. About the course This is an actor training course, predominantly taught through practical exploration and rehearsal, underpinned by research, practitioner study and critical reflection. Your training will focus on vocal, physical and emotional skills enabling you to communicate character and narrative effectively in a broad range of dramatic styles and genres. You will have the opportunity to create your own original work, enabling you to explore areas of specific and personal interest and to find your own creative voice. Year 1 (Level 4) modules:

  • Performance skills
  • Contemporary theatre: performance and context
  • Classical theatre: performance and context
  • Media performance
Year 2 (Level 5) modules:
  • Screen acting
  • Independent practice
  • Physical theatre
  • Ensemble performance
Year 3 (Level 6) modules:
  • Industry practice
  • Small-scale theatre
  • Major performance
  • Major independent project
Specialist facilities Performing Arts is based at our new £58 million City Hub campus in Nottingham City Centre’s Canalside district and offers state of the art facilities. These include a range of specially-designed rehearsal studios for acting and dance, a 160-seat versatile theatre space with wardrobe stores, workshops and industry-standard stage lighting and sound. Students also use our brand new Digital Media Centre with TV studio, audio recording studio and multi-media suites. Assessments A combination of traditional and innovative assessment 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. Qualification awarded: Level 6 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Acting, awarded by The Open University (OU) Bursaries We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Details for 2024-25 will be advertised once approved by the university regulator – the Office for Students (OfS). Please check our website - - for more information. Your career and progression Previous graduates have moved directly into the performance industry, teaching, drama production, youth and social work, fitness training, events management and related work in the creative arts and leisure industries.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

For direct entry to Year 2, applicants must have passed (or expect to achieve) 120 academic credits from undergraduate study in a relevant subject area. For example, by passing a full Level 4 qualification (such as a Higher National Certificate or Certificate of Higher Education or equivalent).

International applicants

Nottingham College is currently unable to sponsor International students requiring a Student Visa to study in the United Kingdom (formerly called the Tier 4 scheme). Please check with us for up-to-date information before submitting an application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements


Applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview and audition as part of the admissions process. Auditions and interviews will take place at our City Hub campus at 111 Canal Street, Nottingham NG1 7HB. If travel to Nottingham is not practicable, remote auditions/interviews can be set up via Microsoft Teams by prior arrangement. Guidance for auditions: We would like you to perform two monologues on the day, one contemporary and one classical of no more than two minutes each (monologues can be provided if preferred).


Applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview and audition as part of the admissions process.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5An overall band score of 5.5; with no individual component less than 5.0.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8250 Year 1
England £8250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8250 Year 1
Scotland £8250 Year 1
Wales £8250 Year 1
Channel Islands £8250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are advised to contact their own national student finance service for up-to-date information concerning potential financial support. Applicants who are permanently resident outside the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland are advised to contact the College before submitting an application:. Any additional costs or fees are shown on the UCAS page for each individual course.
Acting at Nottingham College - UCAS