Theatre and Performance University of Bolton


Explore theatre both practically and theoretically in our ground-breaking Theatre and Performance degree. This innovative course is designed and delivered in association with the Octagon Theatre Bolton, which has an outstanding national reputation for its work. This creative and educational partnership combines academic study with deep insight into, and experience of, professional theatre and performance practice.

The University of Bolton’s BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance, offered in partnership with the Octagon Theatre Bolton, focuses on helping you develop the skills and knowledge needed to forge a career in theatre, the wider creative industries sector or education.

Designed to develop your understanding and experience of theatre-based activities, this dynamic course covers performance and direction, production management, participatory theatre, playwriting and street theatre. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff will also guide you in an exploration of the historical and contemporary context of theatre and performance, the theories and applications of theatre, and help you develop crucial academic study skills.

Our industry-engaged staff currently include our Professor of Theatre David Thacker, one of the UK’s most distinguished theatre directors. You’ll also meet and work with theatre practitioners – from writers, actors and directors to designers, managers and technical team-members. The knowledge you gain will form a basis for debates about the function, relevance and sustainability of theatre in the 21st Century. Overall, our primary focus is to prepare you for employment in the world of theatre and the wider creative industries, as well as study at Master’s level.

  • Qualification

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

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    4.5 years

Course details


Information about the modules offered as part of this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Assessment method

Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3, but a drama, performance or literature-related subject will give you an advantage.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English.

To help you understand what UCAS points are equivalent to, in terms of grades, please visit the University of Bolton’s webpage below for some examples of grades from popular qualifications:

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

Additional entry requirements




Some work placements involved in this course involve unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. If you’ll be undertaking a placement that involves regulated activity you’ll have to get an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) beforehand. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent).

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Please visit the University of Bolton's website for details of our part-time fees.