Theatre at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Overview Do you love theatre? Do you want to learn how to make it, perform in it, and write about it? Then our BA (Hons) Theatre degree is the course for you. Collaborate with other students to deliver performance projects, ranging from mainstream popular practices to experimental, small-scale fringe work. Your learning of theatre-making and performance is grounded in research, so your creative practice is both entertaining and meaningful. During each year, you’ll have a balanced mix of practical and theoretical scholarly work and can work in various theatre industry positions besides acting and dramaturgy. These can include teaching, activism, marketing management, publishing, and customer service roles. At Portsmouth, studying Theatre empowers you to build your own career as a freelance theatre practitioner or in related careers—driven by the fervour of those who love the performing arts. Why study Theatre at Portsmouth?

  • Learn from experienced professionals and researchers and collaborate with your peers to create innovative and thought-provoking work
  • Gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of theatre practice, including voice, movement, acting, and devising
  • Devise your performances in our flagship White Swan Studios and Portsmouth's Victorian theatre, New Theatre Royal
  • Develop your critical thinking and analytical skills through theoretical modules
  • Specialise in drama, musical theatre, or production in your second year
  • Work on a major project in your third year that will showcase your skills and knowledge in your chosen specialisation
  • Have the opportunity to perform your work in a public setting
  • Develop the skills you need to succeed in a range of careers in the theatre industry


Year 1 > Core modules in this year include: Devised Project – 20 credits - Making Theatre – 20 credits - Movement for Performance (Drama and Performance) – 20 credits - Performance - Criticism and Analysis – 20 credits - Performance and Society – 20 credits - Voice and the Actor – 20 credits There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 > Core modules in this year include: - Critical Contexts – 20 credits - Performance Histories – 20 credits | Optional modules in this year include: - Art, Design, and Performance Study Exchange – 60 credits - Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice – 20 credits - Modern Foreign Language – 20 credits - Musical Theatre and All That Jazz – 20 credits - Playwriting and Text for Performance – 20 credits - Political Performance – 20 credits - Theatre Skills – 20 credits - Professional Experience – 20 credits - Student Enterprise – 20 credits Sandwich year (optional) > Between your second and third years, you can study abroad, or do a paid or self-employed work placement. You'll get a taste of another culture or apply your knowledge and skills to professional practice—both of which will enrich your overall studying experience and CV. You'll have to take one of these optional modules to complete your sandwich year: - CCI Work Placement – Full Year (40 credits) - CCI Self-Employed Placement – Full Year (40 credits) - CCI Placement Plus – Full Year (40 credits) - Art, Design, and Performance Study Abroad – Full Year (120 credits) - Art, Design, and Performance Study Abroad – Half Year (60 credits) Year 3 > Core modules in this year include: - Alternative Theatres – 20 credits - Applied Theatre for Young Audiences – 20 credits - Forming a Company – 40 credits - Major Academic Project – 20 credits - Theatre Studies and Industries – 20 credits Optional modules in this year include: - Applied Theatre: Workshop Skills – 20 credits - Musical Theatre: Special Topic – 20 credits We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


All applicants will be asked to attend an on-campus workshop and interview or provide a video submission.


All applicants will be asked to attend an on-campus workshop and interview or provide a video submission.


All applicants will be asked to attend an on-campus workshop and interview or provide a video submission.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Theatre at University of Portsmouth - UCAS