Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Acting BA Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Degree level: Undergraduate UCAS Conservatoires Awarded by: Birmingham City University

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Course summary

Apply your passion and complete your actor training at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire – we offer drama school level training to mould you into a versatile actor and help you launch your professional career. Our acting and performance courses have been ranked 3rd in the UK in the Guardian University league table 2019 (drama & dance category). This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey.

Our BA (Hons) Acting course is designed to develop you practically, personally and professionally and prepare you for this challenging industry. We have carefully designed a contemporary course that will train you for a creative career in front of a stage, screen or radio audience. You will receive specialist training in voice, movement and singing, graduating with the skill and aptitude to take on the exciting and dynamic world of the dramatic arts.

This course equips you with the skills you need to become a professional actor; continually stretching and challenging you to reach new levels of personal achievement and self-discovery. As a vocational actor training course, full commitment and attendance for a minimum of 30 contact hours a week, for a minimum of 30 weeks would be expected.

Our graduates go on to achieve success in all areas of the industry; on stage, screen, radio and through writing, directing, and forming their own theatre companies. We encourage our graduates to be flexible, adaptable and entrepreneurial; supporting them in developing the skills they will need in the industry when they leave us after three years of intensive training.

In their final year our actors perform Showcases in both Birmingham and London which are attended by agents, casting directors and potential employers. They also perform in three productions in external theatres in the city, create a radio play, and produce a show reel of their screen acting work.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is one of 20 member institutions of the Federation of Drama Schools. The FDS brings together all of the major drama schools that were formerly members of Drama UK.

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.

Instrument/specialisms

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

  • Drama Performance

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!

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain audition 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 code W410
Institution code B34
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
A level CC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. The remainding 15 credits can be taken at either level 2 or 3. Must include Drama or related subject.
GCSE English language at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications must be offered.
Scottish Higher Not accepted
AS A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with either two A-levels, two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for.
Must be offered along with either A-levels, 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above are normally required. No specific subjects are requested.
GCSEs should be held at point of application
HNC (BTEC) Course dependent Must include Drama or related subject
Will be considered for entry into year 1 only.
HND (BTEC) Course dependent Must include Drama or related subject
Will be considered for entry into year 1 only.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme For students who complete the full IB Diploma. Obtain a total of 12 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificate
Must include Drama or related subject. Must include English Language at Grade 5 or above.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) O3
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate 64 Tariff Points in total to include other qualifications
Must be offered along with either A-levels, 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma MM Must include Drama or related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MPP Must include Drama or related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma 64 Tariff Points in total to include other qualifications
Must be offered along with either A-levels, 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 64 Tariff Points in total to include other qualifications
Must be offered along with either A-levels, 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 64 Tariff Points in total to include other qualifications
Must be offered along with either A-levels, 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM
Scottish Advanced Higher DD

Individual offers are made regarding grades in order to secure a place on the course.

Additional entry requirements

Audition

The audition process gives you the opportunity to tell us who you are, show us why you're passionate about taking the course, and see the spaces you'll be working in.

Payment of Audition Fee of £46 required to be guaranteed an Initial Audition (in addition to the level 2 and 3 entry requirements)

To make the audition fee payment please submit payment to UCAS Conservatoires on submission of your application.


English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no subtest below 5.5


Audition locations

In the event of a successful audition, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote audition recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an audition in person.

Single specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
Birmingham Conservatoire £46 £46
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only) Fee not known
*Fee not collected by UCAS

Joint principal specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
Birmingham Conservatoire Not available at this location
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only) Fee not known
*Fee not collected by UCAS

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU - Equivalent or lower qualifications fees £11,590 Students studying Equivalent or Lower Qualification in higher education are assessed to see whether they are looking to study at the same level to a qualification they already hold or at a lower level to a qualification they already hold. Students categorised as studying for an ELQ at the Birmingham Conservatoire will be charged a tuition fee rate that is higher than the standard published rates. This is because in 2008 the government announced that it would no longer provide funding to support universities teaching students who were classed as ELQ status.

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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham Conservatoire
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Birmingham
B4 7XR


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