Performing Arts (Professional Studies) Top-Up Leicester College


Awarded by: De Montfort University

The BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Professional Studies) is about developing the professional skills and knowledge needed to enter the industry as a Freelance Performance or Production Practitioner. The course is designed to allow students to develop skills, knowledge and connections to the specialism they wish to pursue. The broad approach to the course allows students from Level 5 performing and production arts courses to top-up to a full BA Hons qualification.
Students will develop their performance/production, independent study, research and critical analysis skills through workshops and seminars aimed at developing a focused Professional Practice. Learners will also develop employability skills in preparation for the diverse nature of the performing arts industry.
Alongside the main programme of study, students may apply to undertake the Level 3 Award in Education and Training allowing graduates to formally teach in the Life Long Learning sector.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Abbey Park Campus

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    1 year

Course details


The course has four modules: Professional Development and Project Preparation is a lecture based module and asks students to design a project which will be undertaken as Work Based Learning. The lectures reflect the issues discussed when applying for funding. The submission comprises of a full project proposal and plan of activity for the student designed project. Creative and Critical enquiry is a research module giving students the scope to explore any sector specific issue or topic. Professional Practice provides the platform to reflect on and develop the skills needed to work as a Freelance Performance Practitioner. Initially lecture based, the module explores techniques and skills, concluding with a student devised performance. Work Based Learning comprises of tutorials and lectures around the student project activity. This research project will be student led and should be a platform for the type of work the student may want to undertake upon completion of the course.

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

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

Course code W470
Institution code L36
Campus name Abbey Park Campus
Campus code 1

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applicants from non-European Union / EEA nationals should contact the International Office directly ( to discuss your application options on the basis of your likely visa status. International applications will be considered on an individual case by case basis. More information for international applicants is available at:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Applicants should hold a Level 5 qualification, such as a Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or DipHE within dance, acting or performance.

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for non-English speakers

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,165 Year 1
England £6,165 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,165 Year 1
Scotland £6,165 Year 1
Wales £6,165 Year 1

Additional fee information

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