Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Performing Arts Education Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth


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If you have a passion for the challenge of performance and want to share this with others, this course is for you. The course will help you to understand how to bring out the best in people through participation in dance, drama and music. You’ll learn how to help them to overcome challenges such as vulnerability or lack of confidence, and you’ll be able to provide memorable experiences in which others can discover what they are really capable of. This degree is wide ranging. You’ll understand the theory and practice of education and how people best learn, and through placements you’ll perfect your practical teaching skills in order to prepare you for employment. You’ll also explore a range of different performance skills including directing, composition and production, and your own performance skills, enabling you to “put on a show”. Placements each year are drawn from our close links with hundreds of schools or performance environments across the region and nationally. At the end of the course you are well placed to pursue a career in performance, primary or secondary teaching (on completion of School Direct or PGCE). Opportunities exist within theatre in education, children’s or community theatre groups or youth and community work to potentially setting up your own company. Employability in the performing arts arena is the key goal of this course so that students can develop a career that builds on their passion for performance.

Course details


In Year 1 you will study, The Roots of Theatre, The Language of Music, Drama in Education, Introduction to Social Science and be involved in a Performance working with children and young people.

In Year 2 you will study, The Community Centred Actor, Key Thinkers in Education, two modules preparing for a touring musical theatre production to schools and community settings, Research Methods and a joint music and dance module.

In Year 3 you will make some choices from a selection of music/drama/dance modules and modules in education. You will work in teams in a placement setting (school or community/theatre group) directing a performing arts project. You will also complete either a dissertation or develop a Theatre in Education company.

Assessment method

Creative/Practical Project
Literature review
Online Assessment
Placement File
Practical Performance Assessment
Reflective journal
Research case study
Research proposal
Research study
Structured assignment
Structured portfolio

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 N2L8
Institution code P63
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 88 points Must be achieved from 3 A levels, BTECs or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications
A level CCD Excluding General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 3-36 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 3 credits at Distinction
AS We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs
General Studies is excluded.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £11,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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