BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen

This acting degree is a practice-based course, equipping you with the interdisciplinary skillset required by a contemporary performer. Through core ‘Performance Skills’ and ‘Academic, Professional, Research and Employability Skills’ pathways, you will develop the foundations necessary to the autonomous, public-facing, and industry-engaged assessments later in the course. You will also be introduced to a range of performance-making disciplines, including:

Naturalistic Scripted Performance
Directing and Devising
Performing Shakespeare
Writing for Performance
Performance Practice-as-Research
Physical Theatre and Ensemble Practice

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to stage at least three full-length productions – some of which will be to a fee-paying audience in a professional theatre setting. 

The course is delivered across three sites, each optimised to provide state-of-the-art resources relevant to your modules. This includes a home-from-home at Peterborough’s prestigious The Key Theatre, where you will be welcomed as a resident of the venue.

You will engage with local, national and international industry through our team of research/industry-active expert staff, guest practitioners and a number of industry-focused modules. These will support you as you develop into a versatile, multi-disciplined performer capable of creating your own performance pieces or working with others.

By the end of your final year, you will have completed an industry placement and an independent and in-depth study on a topic of your own choice. You will progress with a robust performance CV and will be ideally placed to forge a career in the performing arts sector – be that on stage, screen or through digital media or through postgraduate study.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities; a typical class size is under 30 students.

If you are applying to start in September 2022, you must meet the following entry requirements:

88 UCAS points in any subjects:

  • A-levels (CCD or AB)
  • BTEC (MMM)
  • Cambridge Technicals (MMM)
  • Access to HE (45 credits)

You will also be invited to an audition. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your skills, and is particularly beneficial for applicants whose academic qualifications do not fully demonstrate their aptitude or interest.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language and mathematics at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS

We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

UCAS TARIFF

To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator.

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • Performance Skills: Acting Technique
  • Performance Skills: Actors Voice
  • Interpreting Live & Recorded Performance
  • Performance Skills: Music, Masks & Play
  • 20th Century Practitioners
  • Performance Skills: Introduction to Screen Acting
  • Directing and Devising
  • Naturalistic Scripted Performance

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Performance Skills: Developing Screen Acting
  • Performance Skills: Performing Shakespeare
  • Performance Skills: Physical Theatre and Ensemble Practice
  • Writing for Performance
  • Applied Performance and Employability
  • Performance Practice as Research
  • Ensemble Performance

Year three for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Professional Theatre Performance
  • Contemporary Practice
  • Professional Preparation
  • Contemporary Performance

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • 100% seminar/workshops

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • 100% seminar/workshops

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • 100% seminar/workshops

There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.

The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the year and you will also have 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment (VLE) with e-books, journals and abstracts plus teaching resources and interactive tools.

Timetables are available at least 6 weeks before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • Performance 35%
  • Coursework 40%
  • Essay 25%

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Performance 40%
  • Coursework 50%
  • Essay 10%

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Performance 15%
  • Coursework (including placement) 60%
  • Undergraduate Major Project 25%

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback.  End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

In the final year of this course, all students will undertake a one week (35 hour) work placement with an arts organisation to gain industry experience. This placement will be assessed and be used as part of your final degree classification.

As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. All students are encouraged to identify work experience in addition to their work placement to aid their career development.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Performer for theatre, TV and/or film
  • Writer or Director for theatre, TV and/or film
  • Musician, Poet or Comedian
  • Theatre Technician (including design and management)
  • Arts Administrator
  • Teacher
  • Community Arts Practitioner
  • Entertainment or Artists’ Agent

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When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All FULL-TIME APPLICATIONS must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All PART-TIME APPLICATIONS can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to admissions@ucp.ac.uk, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

If you are currently studying

University Centre Peterborough are committed to supporting all of our applicants who are currently studying A-level, BTEC, Access to HE or other qualifications. We want everyone achieve the best possible outcomes and we will support applicants in the coming months so they are not disadvantaged in any way due to recent changes in exams and grading. All applicants should continue to work hard as this will help teachers assess your ability and help prepare you before starting your higher education or degree course.

When to apply

We advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have been successful and received an offer.

The following timeline is for applications to start a course in September 2022.

FIRST UCAS DEADLINE

  • Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 26th January 2022 
  • If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.

UCAS EXTRA

  • If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Friday 25th February to Monday 4th July 2022.
  • This also gives you the opportunity to add University Centre Peterborough as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

UCAS CLEARING

  • From Tuesday 5th July 2022 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.
  • Clearing is for those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.
  • If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.
  • If you don’t get the grades you expected, don’t panic. Just contact us during Clearing and we can usually confirm your place very quickly. We are used to helping students at this time of year.

Types of offer

When you make an application, you will receive one of the following offers:

  • CONDITIONAL OFFER: You will have to meet certain conditions before the start of the course (such as achieving your exams with a certain grade). We will specify these conditions when making you an offer. When you achieve these grades your place will then be confirmed.
  • UNCONDITIONAL OFFER: You already meet the entry requirements for the course (i.e. you have achieved the grades already) and we are happy to offer you a place without conditions.
  • DECLINE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a place at this time. We will advise you why you were unsuccessful on this occasion and we can give you advice on alternative courses for progression.

Applicant days

  • We will be holding an Applicant Day for new students on Saturday 20th March 2021.
  • This invitation only event is available to students who are holding a Conditional Offer or Unconditional Offer. It will give you the opportunity to meet other students, academic staff and participate in subject sessions to help prepare you before starting in September 2021.
  • If you are still deciding on where to study then this day can be a great chance to see if studying with us is right for you.

Advice Sessions and Open Days

  • If you would like help with your application, more information about student finances or have any questions, then you are welcome to book onto one of our regular Advice Sessions where you can speak to a member of staff for help and advice.
  • During our Open Days we run a series of talks on a variety of topics including applications and student finance.
  • For dates and times of the latest Advice Sessions and Open Days visit www.ucp.ac.uk/events.

Please find our regulations and policies here.

Key Facts

UCAS Code
7W73
Institution code
P56
Tariff points
88
Validated by:
The Open University

Location
Peterborough Campus (75%) / The Key Theatre (25%)

Duration and Delivery

Full-time 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)


Start Date
September 2022

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.


Additional Notes

Click here for terms and conditions 2022/23 including our complaints policy.


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