Drama and Performance Practice (Level 6) (BA Hons)

students in masks

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


1 Year (Level 6 Top-Up)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

From creative drama to contemporary digital performance, you’ll experience a range of theatre practice on this performance focused and creative degree. Based in the purpose-built Performing Arts Centre, this course combines theory with practice in preparation for performance, incorporating sessions on:

  • Stage Combat
  • Improvisation skills
  • Acting for camera

You will focus on the latest developments in Contemporary theatre and have the chance to work with professional directors and leading theatre companies. The academic programme includes some specialist workshops in areas like Commedia dell' Arte mask performance and TV Drama, as well as regular opportunities to access professional performances at a reduced ticket price. You will be performing at professional venues such as Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, as well as having some site-specific performance work opportunities.

During your year of study there will some opportunity for international study trips to New York or Berlin to see shows and undertake professional workshops/talks, and on alternative years there is the opportunity to perform at the Edinburgh Festival.

 Your skills will be nurtured through working within a friendly and vibrant performance community with lecturers who have professional experience in all aspects of the theatre. Practical classes run alongside accessible and interactive lectures where you will develop skills in presentation, debate and academic writing as well as growing your understanding of theatre’s rich history.

Lecturers are experienced actors and directors, bringing their extensive knowledge to exciting modules and you will have opportunities to gain professional experience through work placement experiences within theatres, schools, or companies, which will boost your employability and allow you to make valuable industry contacts. Classes are based in our purpose-built Performing Arts Centre at Oxstalls campus where specialist facilities include drama and dance studios with full lighting rig, a multi-media theatre studio and an acoustically designed music and singing room. 

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Study style

Alongside your timetabled hours of module-focused learning each week, you’ll benefit from opportunities in additional skills training such as optional classes in improvisation, dance, and choral singing. And as part of the school there are opportunities to be involved with the work of the film students. You will also have intensive rehearsal weeks leading to performance weeks.

You will explore the techniques of pioneering actors and directors such as Stanislavski, Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg and apply these to your own performances. You will study and discover the latest developments in Contemporary Multimedia and Immersive theatre. Elective modules include Performing Arts in Education, Individual Showcase and Acting for Camera.  

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Applicants should have a level 5 qualification such as a HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent, preferably in a performing arts subject or similar.

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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 1 year level 6 top-upW404


  • Actor
  • Director
  • Teacher
  • Theatre maker
  • Drama practitioner

Bradley Sargeant

Student Focus

Bradley Sargeant

"The lecturers have opened my mind to lots of different types of performance and given me the confidence to be a versatile actor."

Industry links

Your lectures are supplemented by a programme of visiting speakers that has recently included professionals from the performance companies,  Frantic Assembly, Motion House and Sixth Sense, BBC TV director, Sean Gleeson, Sound Artist and Opera Director, Melanie Wilson and  Film Director Mark Jobst.  We also have excellent links with the Royal Shakespeare Company, British Actors Equity, the BBC, The Everyman Theatre, The Wilson Gallery, The National Trust, Gloucester Cathedral, Croome Park, Hailes Abbey, Strike a Light Festival, Tewkesbury’s Roses Theatre, plus local primary and secondary schools.

lecturer talking to students

Learn from leading actors and directors

Recent guests include: Mark Powell, artistic director of Sixth Sense Theatre who focused on issue-based theatre; Paul Milton, creative director at the Everyman Theatre who shared acting expertise; and Sean Gleeson, BBC director, who coached acting techniques for television and film.

students performing on stage

Gain experience through live theatre performances

Work within theatre settings including Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre and Gloucester's King's Theatre, with professional directors, designers and technicians. Present site-specific productions in venues like the Wilson Art Gallery, the historic Blackfriars Priory and the National Trust’s Croome Park.

stage combat class

Achieve a stage combat certificate

Under the tuition of Tom Jordan, fight director for film, TV and the Royal Shakespeare Company, you will build your skills for hand-to-hand and weapon combat using character and scripts to inform your process. You’ll achieve an industry-recognised British Academy Stage Combat Certificate.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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