Solent University (Southampton)

Acting and Performance with Performance Foundation Year Solent University (Southampton) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Solent University


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Course summary

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Are you passionate about performing arts? Looking for a route on to a full-time performance degree? The Performance Foundation Year will help you take your first step into higher education. You’ll be helped to broaden your knowledge, identify your hidden talents, and make an informed decision about your chosen pathway to one of our performance degree programmes.

The Performance Foundation Year enables you to undertake a programme of study, while fully integrating into a higher education environment. As well as practical elements, you’ll also develop the academic skills to enable to you progress on to a full undergraduate degree.

A career in the performing arts demands versatility. The broad-based nature of this foundation year offers you the opportunity to identify your skills, talents and areas of specialism, enabling you to choose the right pathway to realise your potential.

You’ll also gain broad practical experience and develop your skills in a range of performance areas. You’ll be Introduced to performance skills including acting techniques, screen acting, singing, dance, physical theatre, stage combat, mask, and clowning, helping you to identify preferential areas for further study.

You’ll be taught by an academic team with a variety of national and international industry backgrounds. They can provide well-informed, real world examples related to the subjects taught. You’ll be immersed in a balanced and stimulating programme of study that combines practical with theory. This means you’ll have plenty of opportunity to develop your academic and practical skills.

Course details


Core units *Acting Techniques *Introduction to Research and Study Skills *Physical Theatre *Body and Voice *Performing Arts Production
*Screen Acting

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 code AP03
Institution code S30
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:

  • Foundation

International applicants

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which achieve the minimum entry requirement of 48 UCAS points.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.
A level DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh) D
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh) PPP
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh) MM
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh) MP
AS In combination with other qualifications
Extended Project In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D*
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma PPP
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma MM
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma MM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A

Additional entry requirements



English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 5.5 IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component
TOEFL (iBT) 71.0 TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,500 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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Provider information

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Solent University (Southampton)
East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN

Course contact details

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Main Contact - Admissions and Enrolment Team

+44 (0) 23 8201 5066

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