Applied Theatre (Community and Education)

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Our BA (Hons) Applied Theatre degree, which is part of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, aims to prepare the next generation of passionate and skilled theatre-makers that are hoping to make a difference. Our focus is on creating new performances and projects with purpose. The emphasis is on learning by doing; devising new work, and acquiring the skills, understanding and flexibility needed to work in the wide field covered by the term Applied Theatre – which includes theatre in Education, Community Theatre, Health, and in Prisons, Hospitals, or out on the streets. You will regularly work away from the Conservatoire, with young people, community groups and a wide range of participants. You will learn through experience and transform from student to practitioner while developing your own style of creative practice. By working in partnership with your tutors, and increasingly independently, you will identify and undertake the roles of performer, deviser, performance maker and facilitator and work with a range of artists and organisations along the way. We embrace students from a wide variety of performance backgrounds and actively encourage you to develop your own areas of interest and practice. Recent students have included spoken word artists, musicians, singers, dancers and those with interests as diverse as puppetry and arts administration. You will also benefit from regular contact with partner organisations within the industry, providing you with fantastic connections within the thriving independent theatre scene in the Midlands and beyond, and opportunities to engage with other arts industry professionals. Our established industry partnerships include Birmingham REP Theatre, Playhouse Theatre Company, Women and Theatre, Big Brum, mac Birmingham and The Old Rep. At Royal Birmingham Conservatoire you will be provided with a supportive environment where you can truly excel – becoming the very best that you can be. If you are passionate about the power of theatre, and you want to make your voice heard, this is the course for you.

Course details


How to apply

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!

Application codes

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Course codeW490
Institution code B25
Campus nameMillennium Point Campus
Campus codeA

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level CCC Drama at Level 3 preferred A maximum of 4 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3. Arts and Drama subjects preferred but other subjects also considered subject to passing interview stage
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 96 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades DDCCC is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers.
AS Drama at Level 3 preferred Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 96 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) " Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) MMM
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 96 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 96 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade c/4 GCSE English Language Acceptable equivalent:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - English Key Skills level 2 - Communication English Language grade C/2 Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish Credit Standard Grade Scottish National 5 Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
HNC (BTEC) P Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
HND (BTEC) P Pass with 240 credits at Level 5 Must be in a Drama related pathway Year 1 entry only
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Can be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Can be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma Can be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Can be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Can be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Can be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 96 pts

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Interview

Admission to this course is via interview


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in any level

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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Applied Theatre (Community and Education) at Birmingham City University - UCAS