BA (Hons) Performing Arts

This Performing Arts degree is a practice-based course, equipping you with the interdisciplinary skillset required by the 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:

  • New Media Performance and Production
  • Directing and Devising
  • Adapting Shakespeare
  • Writing for Performance
  • Performance Practice-as-Research
  • Applied Performance Project

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to stage at least three full-length productions, with a Studio Performance at Level 4, a Scripted Performance to a paying public audience at Level 5 and a devised Performance Showcase in an industry setting, to a paying public audience as the culmination of your study at Level 6.

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 Key Theatre, where you will be welcomed as residents of the venue, including discounted Key Theatre Club membership, regular attendance at performances and events, work experience and part-time employment opportunities and annual performances as part of the public programme.

You will regularly engage with local, national and international industry through our team of research/industry-active expert staff, regular guest practitioners and a number of industry-focused modules.

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

  • Perform to public audiences in industry settings including the Key Theatre in Peterborough.
  • Create work across a range of disciplines alongside leading industry professionals.
  • Join the 300,000 people employed in the performing arts, in jobs at low risk from automation.

88 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technicals Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

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


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.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should 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.


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, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. 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.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

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)
  • Academic and Professional Skills (15 credits)
  • Performance Skills: Acting Technique (15 credits)
  • New Media Performance and Production (15 credits)
  • Interpreting Performance (15 credits)
  • Performance Skills: Vocal Training (15 credits)
  • 20th Century Practitioners (15 credits)
  • Directing and Devising (15 credits)
  • Studio Performance (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Research and Employability Skills (15 credits)
  • Performance Skills: Physical Theatre Practice (15 credits)
  • Scripted Performance (30 credits)
  • Performance Skills: Screen Acting (15 credits)
  • Performance Practice-as-Research (15 credits)
  • Writing for Performance (15 credits)
  • Adapting Shakespeare (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Research Project / Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Professional Practitioners (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Plays (15 credits)
  • Applied Performance Project (15 credits)
  • Performing Arts: Professional Preparation (15 credits)
  • Performance Showcase (30 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

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).

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

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 35%     Seminars
  • 65%     Workshops
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 25%     Seminars
  • 75%     Workshops
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 30%     Seminars
  • 70%     Workshops

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.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 30 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that 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)
  • 30%     Coursework
  • 70%     Practical Exams
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 25%     Coursework
  • 75%     Practical Exams
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 35%     Coursework
  • 55%     Practical Exams
  • 10%     Placement

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

Future careers after completing this course may 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

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree at University Centre Peterborough.  I've taught in a variety of further and higher education settings since 2013, lecturing on the BA (Hons) Performing Arts course since 2015 and became the course leader in 2018.

Having originally trained at two of the UK’s leading drama schools, I have gained credits nationally and internationally as an actor-musician, writer, dramaturg, and director. Some of these include:

  • Composer and musician for The Alchemist Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed Liberation in 2015 (VAULTS Festival, The Place, Zoo Southside)
  • Writer of Onwards, to Progress – a short play produced by Bred in the Bone Theatre Company which toured internationally 2014-2017
  • Dramaturg for Nonsuch Theatre’s The Party is Over at Lakeside Arts in 2017
  • Affiliate director of Theatre503’s playwright development schemes between 2014-2016

Alongside my role at University Centre Peterborough, I am an Ensemble Member of award winning international theatre company, Bred in the Bone, for whom I regularly perform, write, and lead workshops. I have contributed significantly to the development of Dreams Before Dawn, Bred in the Bone’s annual festival of European theatre, held at Theatre De Menilmontant, Paris. I am currently developing my PhD proposal based on my practice with Bred in the Bone, exploring a post-anthropocentric reading of musicality in dramaturgy.


  • PGCLTHE in Performing Arts, Rose Bruford College (ongoing)
  • MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media, Central School of Speech and Drama
  • ERASMUS Voice & Movement, Institut Del Teatre
  • BA (Hons) European Theatre Arts, Rose Bruford College

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

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (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, 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.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, 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 a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

The next start date for this course is w/c 14th September 2020. You can apply for this course from 21 May 2019.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough (25%) / Key Theatre (25%) / Peterborough Regional College (50%)

Duration and Delivery

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

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

Start Date
September 2020

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2020/21 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. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

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

Additional Notes

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