Nottingham College

Acting Nottingham College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Nottingham Trent University


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Course summary

This course comprises the first two years of a conventional three-year degree and is designed to develop your specialist skills and knowledge for the performance industry. It aims to provide students with a ‘toolbox’ of intellectual and practical skills, including a working knowledge of the technical, administrative and professional competencies needed to succeed within the industry.

This Foundation Degree in Arts (FdA) is awarded by our chief university partner: Nottingham Trent University. Please Note: Prior to September 2019 entry, this course was titled Foundation Degree Theatre Arts (Acting).

About the course

There is a strong practical element to this course, allowing for a mixture of skills-based classwork and projects. Students cover a range of topics: combining technical training, creative workshops, performance opportunities and academic skills. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of acting styles, influences and contexts in order to become a confident and versatile performer.

Indicative first year modules include:

  • Performance skills

  • Performance: context and history

  • Media Performance - 1 (audio)

  • The Physical Actor

Indicative second year modules include:

  • Media Performance - 2 (screen)

  • Own projects (developing original work)

  • Creating Performance

  • Production Company

We work with and have close links with industry stakeholders including: Nottingham Playhouse, Lakeside Theatre, Dragon's Breath Theatre Company, Bread and Roses and LaPelle's Factory to name just a few. We also work closely with students from other disciplines (from both inside the college and outside) on a range of collaborative projects.

Existing teaching facilities at our Clarendon Campus include a course base room and general-purpose teaching spaces. There are two fully-equipped theatres: the 220 seat Clarendon Community Theatre and 84 seat Robert Lindsay Studio Theatre. There are three dance studios. three practical spaces, wardrobe, costume construction and set construction workshops.

Please note: Performing Arts courses are set to move into our new £58 million City Hub campus at Broadmarsh: scheduled to open in September 2020. View our website: for the latest updates on this exciting new development.


A combination of traditional and innovative assessment methods are used: including case studies, group projects, live briefs, peer review, time-constrained assessments and presentations. There are no examinations.


We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Details for 2020-21 will be advertised once approved by the university regulator – the Office for Students (OfS). Please check our website - - for more information.

Your career and progression

Previous students have moved directly into industry within performance, teaching, drama production, youth and social work, fitness training, arts and events management and related work in the creative arts and leisure industries.

Alternatively, you may wish to progress on to our BA (Hons) Performing Arts top-up degree, awarded by our chief university partner: Nottingham Trent University; or the second or third year of a similar degree at another higher education provider.

Course details


Year One modules include: process and production; contextual studies; specialist skills; creating/staging performance; facilitation. Year Two modules include: production company; applied specialisms; industry practice/work-based learning; developing the practitioner; contextual studies. Modules are assessed through joint projects and individual assignments. There are no examinations.

Assessment method

Assessment is continuous, through joint projects and individual assignments. There are no examinations.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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 W410
Institution code N30
Campus name City Hub
Campus code A

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 48 points A minimum of 48 tariff points. Applicants will need the number of UCAS points specified in the details of each course - from: at least two A Levels at A2; BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma; International Baccalaureate; Access to HE Diploma. Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff. For creative courses applicants would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area. We would expect applicants to be working at Level 2 or above in English and Mathematics.
A level A minimum of 48 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) A minimum of 48 tariff points.
Access to HE Diploma A Pass grade with a minimum of 48 tariff points.
Scottish Higher A minimum of 48 tariff points.

Additional entry requirements


Applicants who meet our minimum entry requirements will be invited to attend an informal interview and audition.


Applicants who meet our minimum entry requirements will be invited to attend an informal interview and audition.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8,250 Year 1
EU £8,250 Year 1
International £9,500 * Year 1
England £8,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,250 Year 1
Scotland £8,250 Year 1
Wales £8,250 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

International fees for 2020-21 have not yet been confirmed. The sum quoted of £9,500 is intended to be indicative only. Please check on the College website or contact our International Office for further information.

Provider information

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Nottingham College
City Campus, The Adams Building
Stoney Street
The Lace Market

Course contact details

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