University of Central Lancashire

Theatre and Performance University of Central Lancashire Degree level: Undergraduate


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Take your interest in acting that little bit further. UCLan’s Theatre and Performance degree is a hands-on course with a strong emphasis on individuality and creativity, informed by strong links to the contemporary theatre and performance industry.

The practical classes are delivered in state-of-the-art ‘black box’ theatres housed on-site in our multi-million pound Media Factory, preparing you for the creative and physical demands of this dynamic industry. Workshop-based sessions, combined with original group performance work, will prepare you for a career to continue your acting or progress to a creative artist or director. In the National Student Survey 2017 91.8% of Drama students agree teaching staff made the subject interesting.

On the BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance, you’ll be studying in Preston at the heart of this thriving Performing Arts region - in addition to its own venues, the nearby cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Salford and Lancaster have the largest concentration of international theatres outside of the capital. This dynamic course is for highly creative actors and performers that are driven to explore innovative and experimental theatre making and performance.

The course will prepare you for the realistic, creative and physical demands of the degree course and theatre performance industry. Workshop-based sessions introduce you to a wide range of acting, performance and devising skills, complemented by lectures, seminars, screenings and theatre visits. You will be creating original group performance work in small groups, as well as with level two students in their productions. You will also perform in two public and tutor directed ensemble shows.

You will step firmly into the creative frame while developing and consolidating individual performance practice. Alongside continued classes in 'Devising strategies,' practical modules in 'Text and Performance,' 'Visual Theatre' and 'Body and Performance' are designed to encourage you to experiment within and across the mediums. Under your tutor’s guidance, you will also devise, perform and direct small group public productions, as well as performing in the final productions of level three students.

You will identify yourself both artistically and professionally; defining the theatre you make and perform while finding professional contexts for meaningful progression. Study at this level is largely student-directed, consisting of tutorials, presentations, acting and performance workshops and showings of devised work-in-progress; culminating in a major public performance of your final production. The honours route also consists of extended research either in the form of a written dissertation or a documented practice-based research project.

Course details


Year 1: Devised Theatre Performance 1, Theatre in Context, Performance Technique

Year 2: Devised Theatre Performance 2, Theatre and Performance Research, Contemporary Performance Skills, Professional Practice

Year 3: Contemporary Theatre Performances, Performance as Research, The Advanced Theatre Practitioner

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 W441
Institution code C30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code U

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points
A level 104 UCAS points at A2
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma 106 UCAS points
Scottish Higher 104 UCAS points
AS Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Pass IB Diploma including 104 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 104 UCAS points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD
Scottish Advanced Higher 104 UCAS points

Additional entry requirements



English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

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

*subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

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