BA (Hons) Performing Arts

The Performing Arts degree has a strong focus on movement and physicality and explores an interdisciplinary approach, fusing and connecting movement/dance, new media techniques, physical theatre and contemporary theatre practice. The course is designed to help you become a practitioner of physical theatre with you choosing a specialist path, whether as a director, performer, designer or administrator.

The course has a ‘learn by doing’ ethos and you will work on exciting modules, taught by industry experienced professionals and experts in physical theatre practices.

Each module embeds a range of activities including: practical sessions, practitioner demonstrations, peer delivery and learning, seminar-based activity, observed practice, academic presentations, workshops, performances, dissertations, and tutorials.

Students are required and supported to work with increasing autonomy with texts and other resources, such as digital media, production elements, and site-specific execution. We have excellent facilities including a studio performance theatre, rehearsal studio and lecture room.

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

  • Create and take part in a variety of theatre projects.
  • Focus on 20th century and contemporary theatre and practitioners.
  • Discover how the latest technology can bring modern performance to life.
  • Get movement, theatre and vocal tuition from our specialist staff.

88 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical 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.

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)
  • Staging and Reception (15 credits)
  • Performance Contexts 1A (15 credits)
  • Performance Skills 1A (15 credits)
  • Digital Performance (15 credits)
  • Performance Skills-1B (15 credits)
  • Staging and Production (15 credits)
  • Performance Contexts 1B (15 credits)
  • Directing Skills (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Performance Skills 2A (15 credits)
  • Making Performance (30 credits)
  • The Body in Performance (15 credits)
  • Performance Skills 2B (15 credits)
  • Performance Writing (15 credits)
  • Performing Shakespeare (15 credits)
  • New Media Performance (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Devising Performance (30 credits)
  • Special Subject (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Texts (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Enterprise in the Creative Arts (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

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 38 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.

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 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 40 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:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Portfolio
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Practical assessment
  • Performance
  • Dissertation (final year)

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.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

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

This degree leads naturally to a variety of careers in the performing arts industry such as Actor, Theatre Practitioner, Arts Administrator, Theatre Project Leader, Designer and Events Management. The course has contacts with creative partners in Peterborough and the Eastern region, offering opportunities to take on performance roles in local festivals, assist with schools workshops and productions. Graduates from this course have gained paid work with Westacre Theatre Company as part of an annual bursary scheme, performing in summer productions at Westacre Theatre in Norfolk. Some have also gone on to postgraduate training in education with a view to pursuing teaching careers in drama, dance and performing arts at primary and secondary school level.

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree at University Centre Peterborough and have been the course leader since the course was launch in 2013.  I’ve been teaching for over 12 years and first joined University Centre Peterborough in September 2010 as a lecturer in Community Theatre.

Whilst studying, I formed a theatre company with a colleague that won three national awards for its innovation at the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF). This led to an extended tour in Edinburgh Fringe supported by the National Youth Theatre and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Really Useful Group’. I also toured at London venues and the Emerging Artist programme at the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster.

I believe theatre should challenge, inspire and provoke reactions through interdisciplinary methods and I try to adhere by Tim Etchells Ideology ‘I ask of each performance, will I carry this event with me tomorrow? Will it change you? Will it change me? Will it change things? If not it was a waste of time?’


  • MA Education: Drama, Middlesex University
  • BA Hons Community Theatre, UCP underpinned by Loughborough university
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Northampton University

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 and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

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.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th July 2019. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to 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.


Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

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 (20%) / Peterborough Regional College (80%)

Duration and Delivery

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

Start Date
w/c 16th September 2019

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

All full-time undergraduate students will receive £500 cash reward at the end of every year and students from low income households can apply for a £500 cash bonus after the first semester of every year (subject to eligibility).

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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The course content is currently being revalidated for September 2019 and this webpage will be updated as soon as confirmed so please check back for updates.


BA (Hons) Performing Arts

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