University Campus Oldham

Performance: Theatre and Drama University Campus Oldham Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Central Lancashire


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Course summary

TEF Silver

University Campus Oldham has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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This course offers you the opportunity to engage with rigorous training and to gain experience as a performer whilst being part of a small-scale touring theatre company. You will develop your skills and knowledge through the creation of a range of performance projects delivered to public audiences, and through investigation into the work of current performance practices and industry professionals. Alongside your work as a company, there are opportunities to develop individually in other areas of performance practice such as leading workshops, directing, performance writing, solo performance, audition techniques etc. This is a practical course with opportunities to experience working first-hand in a range of professional environments. Our FdA Performance is delivered by experienced practitioners supported by excellent visiting practitioners and industry professionals. We work closely with a number of local organisations including Oldham Coliseum and Oldham Theatre Workshop.

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 WW40
Institution code O10
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 From a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ3, BTEC Award, or A Levels) preferably in performance-related subjects, other credit bearing qualifications such as LAMDA or Gold Arts Award, and through successful completion of an interview and audition.

Non-standard Entry Requirements:
Applicants who do not have the qualifications specified above, but who hold alternative qualifications and/or experience demonstrating appropriate knowledge and skills at Level 3, may be admitted to the programme. For example, suitable performance experience such as being involved in an amateur
dramatics group or community theatre/performance project; other qualifications such as Access to Higher Education or other level 3 related subjects; and successful completion of an interview and audition.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


Audition Requirements and Assessment Criteria -
Applicants are asked to perform a two-minute audition piece from a range of performance disciplines (e.g. monologue, movement piece, improvisation, vocal score) demonstrating the students’ performative abilities.

In the audition, the Admissions Tutor will be looking for evidence of the applicant’s potential within the following areas where applicable:
 Effective use of physicality
 Effective use of voice
 Effective communication
 Knowledge of the performance material / score / technique
 Development of the material
 An ability to respond to direction

On the audition day the tutor will discuss all aspects of Performance at UCO. Students will be introduced to staff, the facilities, their chosen course and the philosophy that underpins their study.


The interview process is to enable interviewing staff to ascertain interest and potential and to ensure that the applicant fully understands the nature of the course and the demands it will make on them (e.g. out-of-hours work on productions or viewing live performances, the need to tour, etc.)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7,500 Year 1
England £7,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,500 Year 1
Scotland £7,500 Year 1
Wales £7,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Any additional costs will be detailed on the course pages at

Sponsorship information

A bursary of £500 is available to new 1st year entrants* to higher education at UCO, on a Degree or Foundation Degree course. *Terms and conditions apply.

Provider information

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University Campus Oldham
Oldham Business Centre
University Way

Course contact details

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0161 344 8800