Performing Arts (Level 6)

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1 Year (Level 6 Top-Up)


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 in our Showcase and Contemporary Music Theatres Modules working in professional performance spaces.

You’ll learn from lecturers who are performing arts professional directors, musical directors and actors, having worked with organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. Tutors have been or are still working in the professional arena and facilitate students to a “real world” experience.

With live performance opportunities you'll gain plenty of experience, working in real theatres with industry experts. Students work with Strike a Light and Cheltenham Festivals and meet and network with industry professionals.

You'll also make the most of performances in site-specific spaces such as Gloucester Cathedral, the bustling  Gloucester Docks, and the Wilson Art Gallery. You’ll work in professional theatre venues such as the Everyman Studio and the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham.

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 and a multi-media studio.

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Study style

High levels of contact time with tutors each week during term time combine with intensive practical rehearsal periods for production to help support you to graduate career-ready.

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-upW401


  • Performer
  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Teacher
  • Singer

Connor Cook Student Focus

Student Focus

Connor Cook

"The facilities are really versatile and can be shaped around the performance - to have such spaces where you can do acting, singing and dancing all in one building really helps your confidence and lets you focus on learning new skills."

ballet dancer

Achieve additional dance qualifications

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

Edinburgh fringe festival

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”.

Please note that we alternate Edinburgh Festival performances with our New York trip, so students studying with us for only one year will only be able to participate in one of these.

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. 

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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