Performing Arts University of Bedfordshire


This course will prepare you for a career in the professional performing arts industry by developing your skills in musical theatre, physical theatre and acting.

You will train in a range of dance techniques including contemporary, commercial and body conditioning and perform and tour work made by professional directors and choreographers. You will also direct and choreograph your work to be shown in our professional theatre.

There is a focus on learning entrepreneurial skills to help you find, apply for, and create your own work in this competitive industry, as well as developing your teaching and leadership skills.

You will also be encouraged to think, write and talk about how performance theory informs your work

  • Qualification

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

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Bedford Campus

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


In the first year, the emphasis will be on introducing you to a range of performance techniques, production practices and processes and the founding of a common subject-specific vocabulary, the development of a productive and creative group identity, and the establishment of professional structures and standards of work. There is an emphasis upon tutor-led learning. In the second year you will be given a greater degree responsibility for your learning, but structures and guidelines will provide you with tutor support as you begin to develop your own critical and creative voice. You will begin to apply your skills to a wider range of activities, and a proportion of your practical work will be presented to an audience. In year three you will be expected to engage in self-directed projects requiring a sophisticated level of autonomy and independence. You will create a range of performances for different audiences and you will have the opportunity to work with a wider range of participants

Assessment method

You will be assessed through:

Dance technique classes
Acting and singing classes
Choreographic work
Directed and devised work
New media installations
Teaching observations

Year 1 - 32% by coursework and 68% practical exam
Year 2 - 20% by coursework and 80% practical exam
Year 3 – 30% by coursework and 70% practical exam

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 W403
Institution code B22
Campus name Bedford Campus
Campus code H

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 - 96 points
A level CCE - CCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP - MMM
Access to HE Diploma 80 - 96 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered. If you would like to check that your qualifications will be accepted please contact the university.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,350 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.