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Performing Arts

University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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What will I learn? This high level qualification is the equivalent of the first one/two years of a degree and is ideal for students who have completed Level 3 qualifications in Performing Arts and wish to prepare for employment in industry or progression onto university. The skills that are developed on this course and the training you will receive enable students to become professional performers, and theatrical practitioners. Students will work to run a theatre company, find funding and create work in a variety of genres for a wide variety of clients. As part of your studies you will also be expected to not only visit numerous examples of the art form but to take your work on tour. The first year of the course leads to a BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (equivalent to 1st year of a university degree). The second year course leads to a BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (equivalent to 2nd year of a university degree). Units covered

  • Performing Arts Workshop Leadership
  • Research Project
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Classical Acting
  • Acting for Musical Theatre
  • Applied Contemporary Performance Practice
  • Acting for Camera
How will I be assessed? Students will be assessed through production and performance assessment, written reflection, written assignments, coursework, presentations and computer related project work. The majority of emphasis will be on practical application of the assessment criteria, providing realistic scenarios and making maximum use of work-related practical experience. Where will it lead me?
  • Working Professionally
  • University
  • Drama School
  • Actor/Actress
  • Theatre Management
  • Public Relations
  • Production
  • Director
  • Technician, Rigger

Course details

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

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How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 points

The requirements for this course would be a Merit In a relevant BTEC level 3 qualification, at least a C in a relevant A Level Subjects or a total of 120 UCAS tariff points. We sometimes also consider students who possess a high level of experience in industry but no formal qualifications.

Additional entry requirements



English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall, with a minimum 5.5 in any band
PTE Academic61
Cambridge English AdvancedBScore 169-175 (FCE grade B; CAE level B2)

We will also accept the following qualifications from EU students: GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above; IGCSE English (as a first or second language) at grade C/4 or above; AS or A level English Language or English Literature; International Baccalaureate (English A or B syllabus or English Literature Standard or Higher level) grade 4.

Further information


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £4980 Year 1
England £4980 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4980 Year 1
Scotland £4980 Year 1
Wales £4980 Year 1

Additional fee information

This fee includes the £180 exam registration fee
Performing Arts at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS