Wakefield College

Performing Arts (Performance) Theatre Wakefield College Degree level: Undergraduate


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Professional development is at the heart of this course and you will have the opportunity to develop as a dramatic theatre artist in a truly creative and collaborative way. This course will provide you with the opportunity to apply your experience in the studios and in a diverse range of performance arenas. In year one you will develop performance and theatre skills in a supported forum. In year two you will develop industry practices further, building on your previous experiences and exploring your own lines of enquiry to help develop you as a performing arts practitioner. Through engagement with industry professionals you will experience and gain first-hand knowledge and understanding to enhance your studies.

Through practical classes you will develop a wide range of performance techniques that are drawn from world-renowned practitioners and theorists enabling you to become a versatile practitioner. You will use this knowledge to truly understand the role of the performer and the relationship between you and the audience and the material being presented. The course is designed to give you the necessary skills to become proactive about your own career progression, building the confidence and ability to plan and deliver workshops, direct your own performances and build a solid understanding of how the industry works. Underpinning the practical aspects of the course is the exploration of theoretical concepts of performance and its creation and presentation. You will perform in two full scale productions a year that will see you apply techniques and develop your stagecraft. You will be expected to work with fellow students in a supportive and creative manner, often working with the director to develop performance work and your own understanding of how you make theatre works and take them from the page to the stage.

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used to encourage and facilitate your creative and artistic development and bring together practice and theory. Independent and collaborative learning will be encouraged through use of practical workshops, interactive lectures, resource-based learning, individual and group work, tutorials, discussion, critiques, performances, and rehearsals. You’ll also get to experience guest lectures from industry professionals and take part in workshops with top companies.

Course details


Creative Arts Professional Practice * Creative Arts Research Skills * Development of Acting Skills * Voice and Speech Development * Historical Context in the Performing Arts * Applied Contemporary Performance Practice * Physical Theatre * Movement for the Actor * Naturalistic Acting Theatre * Preparation, Process and Production in the creative arts * Classical Acting * Vocal Method in Context * Theatre Directing * Research Project * Performing Arts Workshop Leadership * Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation * Personal and Professional Development Units can change according to reflecting industry trends or project design. An example of this was changing Classical Acting to the Alternative Approaches to Acting in order to perform the production of Steven Berkoff’s East. Decisions like this are taken at the discretion of the Course Leader and are not optional.

Assessment method

We assess you through the coursework that you produce as you complete each unit, this may include finished pieces of work, written work, your research, and a reflective journal which allows you to evaluate your learning and highlight your strengths and areas for further development. Most units have some form of performance-based assessment attached that focus on a range of performance skills and genres. There are two types of assessment that you will receive while on your course: Formative assessment is the process whereby your work and progress are assessed at regular intervals with accompanying feedback from staff to help to improve your performance. Staff will provide you with feedback on the progress of your work before you reach the assessment point at the end of the unit. This may take place one-to-one with a tutor (e.g. in a tutorial) or in group sessions. Summative assessment is the process whereby your work is evaluated and given a mark at the end of course unit. Summative assessment formally records your achievement of the unit’s learning outcomes and final feedback. You will be assessed against the approved unit learning outcomes and assessment requirements as outlined in the unit handbooks, these typically include the module descriptor, assignment brief(s) and programme outlines. The unit handbooks guide you through the specific areas of work in which you will be engaged to produce the work required for assessment and so successfully achieve the unit learning outcomes. Many courses also employ self and peer evaluation or assessment within their overall assessment processes. Self-evaluation and self-assessment require you to reflect upon your learning and performance and to submit this to tutors. Peer evaluation and peer assessment are used when students have been working in teams and require each team member to reflect upon their peers’ performance and to submit this to tutors or to give you support and guidance in developing areas of performance. There is a minimum of one piece of assessed work per unit. Your tutors will help you to track your areas of achievement for each unit/module and to identify and discuss opportunities to collate evidence for module achievement. You will be graded using the Edexcel guidelines and specifications to assess whether the evidence produced for assignments has reached the required standard at pass, merit or distinction level Assessment is ongoing within sessions and will comprise of peer and self-assessment as well as tutor assessment. There is a minimum of one piece of assessed work per unit.

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 004W
Institution code W08
Campus name Wakefield City Campus
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 64 points UCAS tariff points from A Levels or a Level 3 diploma in a related subject. Or An Access course. GCSE Grade C or above in English Language (or equivalent qualification) is required.
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits

Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our Accredited Prior Learning process for accreditation towards this course. Please enquire through our admissions team.

Additional entry requirements


Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our Accredited Prior Learning process for accreditation towards this course All applicants are required to audition


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,750 Year 1
England £6,750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,750 Year 1
Scotland £6,750 Year 1
Wales £6,750 Year 1

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Wakefield College
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