Performing Arts (BA Hons)

Performing Arts students at facilities launch party

Study mode

Level 6 Top-Up or Full-Time


1 Year (Level 6 Top-Up)
3 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

This course brings together the 'triple threat' of singing, dancing and acting. Develop acting techniques for the stage and strengthen your voice and singing with regular tuition. Take dance lessons including ballet, tap, modern and jazz. You’ll learn from lecturers who are performing arts professionals, having worked with organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company. Throughout the degree, you’ll be able to choose modules based on what you’re passionate about. You'll have opportunities to study other aspects of theatre, such as choreography, technical theatre and business development; theoretical study underpins all elements of the course.

With live performance opportunities throughout the course, including full-scale musicals, you'll gain plenty of experience, working in real theatres with industry experts. You’ll learn with international theatre companies at renowned events and locations. Students have recently been developing skills with Motionhouse Dance Company and Frantic Assembly, as well as performing at Edinburgh Fringe, Jolt Theatre and Strike a Light festivals. You'll also make the most of performances at local theatres and venues such as the Everyman and The Wilson Art Gallery.

A module on digital theatre will offer you the opportunity to develop expertise in digital media. You’ll strengthen your performance skills through pre-filmed work and move from performing on and off-screen. You’ll learn in our purpose-built £2million Performing Arts and Events Centre at Oxstalls campus. These facilities include a dance studio with a harlequin-sprung floor, full lighting rig and sound, an acoustically designed music and singing room, a drama studio with a full lighting rig and a multi-media studio.

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Study style

Weekly practical technique classes in voice, singing and dance combine with academic support and engaging modules. High levels of contact time with tutors each week during term time combine with intensive practical rehearsal periods to help support you to graduate career-ready.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry*

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection is by audition interview. Please refer to the interview guide for further information.


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 1 year level 6 top-up
(enter 3 in section 3(g) of UCAS form)
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeW402


  • Performer
  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Musician
  • Teacher

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Student Focus

Hayley-Jo Whitney

I starred in the Specsavers worldwide TV Advert. Contacts are everything in this business. I made some fantastic ones while at university.

We worked with Frantic Assembly and Music Hall theatres which led to my first professional job at Bricklane Music Hall in London. We studied integrated choreography with professional dance company Stopgap. We did set and costume design with the Everyman's very own Roger Hendry and Hayley Spicer. I co-wrote and produced a theatre piece which featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Industry links

Organisations we work with include: the Royal Shakespeare Company; BBC; Motionhouse Dance Company; Frantic Assembly Theatre Company; Battersea Arts Centre; The Everyman, King's, Olympus and Playhouse theatres; Wilson Art Gallery and Museum; Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Jolt Theatre Festival; Strike a Light Festival; and the National Trust.

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Staff Profile

Sue Colverd

"I’ve toured the world with the Actors Touring Company and been nominated for an Olivier Award. I’ve acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal National Theatre, as well as touring with my own company as artistic director and performer before becoming artistic director of the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham for 10 years. I’ve worked as an actor, director, writer, practitioner and theorist. I am passionate about drama and the process of creating work with young people and building their understanding of the theory and power of performance through practice. This is a crucial part of my delivery and ethos as a lecturer."

Performace of 'The Yellow Wallpaper' in 2014

Achieve additional dance qualifications

Graduate a step ahead by achieving ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) awards alongside your degree. We are the only UK university to offer this internationally-recognised dance accreditation as part of your study.

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Perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Students regularly perform at this internationally-renowned arts festival, gaining invaluable experience and inspiration from other cutting-edge work. It’s your chance to meet other performers and practitioners and undertake a full performance week of your own show. August 2018 saw students perform a version of Treasure Island that received a 4* review and was described by the host venue as “A colourful, explosive adventure and a pleasure to watch”.

Performing Arts group performance on stage

Gain experience through live theatre performances

Work within theatre settings including Everyman and Playhouse theatres in Cheltenham with professional directors, designers and technicians. Work also takes place within site specific venues such as the Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham and the National Trust’s Croome Park.

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