Musical Theatre [Shockout Arts, Manchester] at University of Bolton - UCAS

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Course summary

Our FdA Musical Theatre degree covers the core techniques of acting, voice and dance while supporting you to develop a wide range of knowledge in devising and developing a production, audition and casting techniques, preparing you to a professional level. You'll study and train in purpose-built, high specification studios at Shockout's Manchester Studios. Within an ever-changing industry, it's vital to ensure you're fully equipped for a long, diverse career. A strong, professional skill set covering singing, dancing and acting is essential for a musical theatre performer. Our ambition is to help you become not only a triple threat but also nurture your individual identity and ability to create and produce your own innovative work. We want to foster your skills in creative entrepreneurship. Delivered by Shockout Arts, our intensive 2-year FdA Musical Theatre course supports you to acquire, develop and refine the technical and artistic skills essential for success on stage through professional training at level 5. Additionally, we'll help you gain a clear contextual understanding of the wider industry, so this foundation degree provides aspiring musical theatre performers with an ideal springboard into employment and a sustainable career in entertainment. In addition, as a foundation degree graduate, you'll be able to continue your studies at an advanced level by completing a level 6 final year top-up course to gain a BA (Hons) qualification. Our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Top-Up), also delivered by Shockout Arts, offers a seamless continuation of your studies with us. We'll consider your application through assessment and interview. Throughout your training, you'll explore the core techniques of acting, voice and dance. Our qualified and specialist professional practitioners will also support you in developing a breadth of knowledge in devising and developing production, musical theatre for stage and screen, and audition and casting techniques. Additionally, you'll have regular performance opportunities to help you build a diverse range of technical performance skills and prepare you for the industry. The teaching staff at Shockout Arts are professional and world-renowned practitioners and choreographers. They are keen to make the time you spend with them as stimulating and rewarding as possible and enjoy a well-deserved reputation for being approachable and interested in your progress. As teaching often takes place in small groups, you'll have access to individual support and guidance at every stage. For full details about Shockout Arts, their open days and accommodation, please visit


Information about the modules offered as part of this course is available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Assessment method

Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

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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Shockout Arts, Manchester
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is open to Home students only. Applications from International and EU students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course is not licenced by UKVI to sponsor students. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under the Student Visa Route to study in the UK then, unfortunately, we’ll be unable to consider your application for this course.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics. If you don't have the above qualifications but possess equivalent qualifications or experience, we'll be happy to consider your application. In addition to attending an audition and interview, we may require you to provide a portfolio of work or complete another form of test so that we can assess your application.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


You'll be required to attend an audition, staged at Shockout Arts.

Health checks

You'll need to provide a satisfactory medical report signed by your GP to confirm you are fit and well to undertake full-time intensive and rigorous physical training.


You'll be required to attend an interview, staged at Shockout Arts.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent).

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

You’ll be required to pay a registration fee. The registration fee is refundable if you do not gain the UCAS points required for entry onto the course or a satisfactory medical report. Successful applicants and students on the course will need to wear suitable dance attire (a list of items will be provided).
Musical Theatre [Shockout Arts, Manchester] at University of Bolton - UCAS