Acting and Performance Practice

Newcastle College University Centre

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Newcastle College Group
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Course summary

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This programme aims to provide actor training in the North East that integrates the practical aspects of an accredited drama school training with the transferable skills and employer links that graduates require to create work in the region and beyond. This programme is aimed at those who wish to perform, write, direct, teach and work in this very exciting and driven industry. Modules have been designed in partnership with employers and alongside our students to ensure the programme is relevant to current industry trends. The programme is taught by experienced practitioners who are still working in the industry which helps to continually develop the programme. The vocational nature of this course ensures you will learn by doing. The programme involves intensive, practical performance training with relevant academic and creative study and is suited to those who are highly determined and want to succeed in a challenging industry. As part of our work-ready guarantee, you will perform in our 200 seat Peter Sarah Theatre and be invited to a range of different workshops from leading actors, directors, practitioners and companies with national reputations. You will be able to take advantage of our strong industry links by attending sessions from well-known professionals and you will be encouraged to attend a number of events throughout the year giving you the opportunity to building your own industry contacts. In your third year of study you will be given the opportunity to take complete control over a project which can be anything from new writing, physical theatre, sketch shows or creating a series of workshops. You will have the opportunity to undertake professional work placements with companies including Northern Stage, Zendeh, Alphabetti Theatre, Live Theatre, Vivid Theatre Company and Nightthief Films. Over the last two years our students have gained placements in Northern Stage’s Christmas show. In the Acting for Camera module you will work with a local film company to produce a short film to professional standards. In your second year of study you will have the opportunity to take part in our theatre festival ‘Live Across Newcastle’ where you will pitch, write, direct and perform your own work in local theatres as well as perform in a classical production. In the third year of the programme you will work collaboratively with our course team to create an alternative piece and work on a contemporary play utilising all the skills you have gained over the three years studying the course. On completion of this programme you will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to go directly into industry. Graduates can go on to pursue a career on the commercial and public stage within theatre, film and television. Academic progression is also available through PGCE and Masters qualifications.

Course details


Year One: Academic Study Skills, Creating Theatre 1 (Devising), Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning, Physical Theatre, Staging Theatre 1 (Directing), Training Techniques 1 (Great Practitioners), Voice, Work Related Learning (2 Full Productions). Year Two: Acting for Camera (Film and TV), Alternative Practitioners, Professional Development, Staging Theatre 2 (Applied Theatre), Training Techniques 2 (Classical Acting), Work-Based Learning (New Writing and Classical Production). Year Three: Alternative Performance Techniques, Contemporary Performance Technique, Dissertation, Work-Based Learning (Student Project).

Assessment method

You will learn through practical technique classes, creative workshops, seminars, formal lectures, classroom activities and self-directed training, rehearsal and study. Assessment methods include practical demonstration and application of skills, technique exercises, practical and creative tasks, reflective journals, research projects, academic essays, reports and creative and academic portfolios.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW410
Institution code N23
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 - 64 points
A level CC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Please e-mail [email protected]
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM
Scottish Advanced Higher CC
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade C(4) in Maths and English Language.

Additional entry requirements


You will be asked to perform two prepared monologues – one from a classical play (in verse) and a contrasting monologue from a contemporary published play. We will look to discuss your selection of these pieces and the rationale behind your choices. We may also re-direct one of the pieces to see how you respond to direction. You will also take part in a physical theatre workshop so please come appropriately attired in comfortable clothing you can move in. After the workshop and performance of monologues, there will be a short interview to find out why you want to do the course and to check your knowledge


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000* Year 1
England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Acting and Performance Practice at Newcastle College University Centre - UCAS