BA (Hons) Acting

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: University of the West of England, Bristol
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Course summary

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This BA Hons level programme provides students with advanced level skills and knowledge in Acting for all media including Theatre, Television, Film and radio. It is a predominantly vocational course with high contact hours concentrating on core skills in Acting, Voice, Movement and Singing in the first year, followed by three community tours to school and theatre audiences in the second year. The final year consists of three full productions in theatres and other venues within Bristol. Students also produce high quality short films and broadcast radio standard pieces for showreel and promotional purposes. A London Showcase in front of industry professionals is an annual event. Core classes in technical skills are maintained throughout the second and final years alongside industry specific training in professional development and audition skills. The ethic of the ensemble runs throughout the three years. The opportunity to work with professionally recognised directors such as Sally Cookson, Tom Morris and Bill Alexander is hugely beneficial to the future employment prospects of the students and in recent times students have progressed to work at the major theatre playing houses including The National, the RSC and the Royal Court as well as feature in major roles within Film and Television productions both in the United Kingdom and America. Please note: this course is only open to those who are ordinarily resident in the EU/UK. This course is NOT open for international applications. Please note: All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course. Please note: Regional Locations; Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle and Belfast fill up fast, please apply early. Once full all applicants will have to come to Bristol for their audition. Applications - further details We will only accept one application per applicant, per year. We will not accept applications if you have previously applied in four or more consecutive years.

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.


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

  • Performance


This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: All modules are compulsory, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. Year 1 Module Number: UATAYA-20-1 – Module Name: Singing and Music (20 Credits) Module Number: UATAYH-30-1 – Module Name: Voice, Text and Dialects (30 Credits) Module Number: UATB36-30-1 – Module Name: Physical Development for Actors (30 Credits) Module Number: UATPA5-40-1 – Module Name: Acting / Performance Techniques (40 Credits) Optional Modules: There are no optional modules for this stage of this award. Interim Award: Cert HE Professional Acting Credit requirements: 120 from the above specific level 1 modules. Year 2 Module Number: UATB38-40-2 – Module Name: Children’s Theatre (Touring) (40 Credits) Module Number: UATB3A-20-2 – Module Name: Theatre in Education Touring (20 Credits) Module Number: UATB39-50-2 – Module Name: Community Theatre (Touring) (50 Credits) Module Number: UATB37-10-2 – Module Name: Film and Audio Production (10 Credits) Optional Modules: There are no optional modules for this stage of this award Interim Award: Dip HE Professional Acting Credit requirements 240 from the above specific Level 1 and Level 2 modules. Year 3 Module Number: UATB3B-45-3 – Module Name: Main House Public Productions (45 Credits) Module Number: UATB33-10-3 – Module Name: Film and Audio Production 2 (10 Credits) Module Number: UATB34-50-3 – Module Name: Showcase Productions – Bristol/London (50 Credits) Module Number: UATB35-15-3 – Module Name: Self-Presentation/Marketing/Career Management (15 Credits) Award: BA Hons Professional Acting Credit requirements: BA Hons – 360 credits

Assessment method

Students are assessed through ongoing monitoring, analysis and feedback on their classes, workshops, rehearsal processes and performance skills and through the assimilation of the guidance and informed judgements of an extensive range of internal and external professional practitioners and potential employers. Assessment also focuses on the development of self-reliance, intellectual and emotional engagement and initiative in creating growth. Written career strategy work is assessed on the basis of thoroughness of research, demonstration of assimilation and understanding and clarity, accuracy and practicality.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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 codeBOV1
Institution code B65
Campus nameBristol Old Vic Theatre School
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information

For an Honours degree course you normally need two A-levels or the equivalent, such as a BTECDiploma or Extended Diploma; IB (International Baccalaureate); or Access to Higher Education Diploma. For foundation courses, you normally need one A-level, or equivalent. Students who achieve the UCAS Tariff points required (and have passed an English Language qualification) almost always have gained qualifications which meet our minimum entry requirements

Additional entry requirements


Entry onto this course is subject to a successful audition.

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
Newcastle Upon Tyne£50£50

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
BelfastNo fee charged
BristolNo fee charged
GlasgowNo fee charged
LeedsNo fee charged
Newcastle Upon TyneNo fee charged

Additional information

Audition Process We currently operate a two stage process for admission. The first is a 15 minute preliminary audition, if you are successful you will be required to come back for a recall workshop. Preliminary auditions are normally held between November and April. Recalls are normally held between January and June. Details are below; Each preliminary audition lasts for roughly fifteen minutes You need to do two contrasting monologues, each must be under two minutes long. One speech should be from a play written before 1800. Shakespeare is always good. One speech should be from a play written after 1956. Your speech can been translated from another language and may be for either male or female actors. You will also need to prepare a short, unaccompanied song – we suggest avoiding contemporary pop songs. On top of this you will be given; A short piece of Sight Reading which we’ll provide when you arrive. You may wish to arrive earlier to prepare for this. • Each piece should last no longer than 2 minutes; if you exceed this time limit you will be stopped. Speeches should be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts. Some advice: Contrast is important for us to understand your acting. This could be comedy/drama or very contrasting characters. Speeches should involve a character close to your own age and at least one speech should be performed in your own accent. It will help you if you’ve read the whole play and understand the context of the speech. Think about who your character is speaking to and where they are. Think about what your character is trying to achieve, and see if there’s a change of direction in the speech. If you are successful you will be asked to come back for a recall workshop, which is an all day workshop from 9am - 6pm. The workshops are held on a different date than your preliminary audition, therefore you will have to prepare to come back to the school at a later date for the workshop. Please note that we are unable to offer feedback on audition or interview.

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

Please note: this course is only open to those who are ordinarily resident in the EU/UK. This course is NOT open for international applications.
BA (Hons) Acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School - UCAS