Musical Theatre students in Guys and Dolls performance

Specialist Training in Musical Theatre, partnered with leading international producers and agents, TAGlive and Sonic Artists, graduating with a professional showreel

3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

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Take part in shows throughout your studies

You will receive training in every aspect of Musical Theatre (singing, acting and dance) with a specialist focus on developing your wider techniques and skills in performance.

This BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Cabaret) degree is a chance to combine a traditional training in Musical Theatre with preparation for a career in cruises, holiday resorts and entertainments. The only course of its kind in the UK, you will study a very generous amount of dance (jazz, ballet, tap, commercial, body conditioning) and singing, plus ensemble, stage acting and recording studio techniques. You will have regular visits from industry professionals throughout the course.

During your first year you will study singing, acting, dance, recording studio techniques, spoken voice and entertainment skills and take part in fully staged cabaret floor shows working with musical theatre industry experts.

In the second year you will continue to develop your acting, singing and dance in regular classes and have the choice to be assessed in singing or dance as your primary study. In addition to being featured in the Cabaret Performance Company floor shows you will also audition for our fully staged Musical Theatre shows which take place in leading regional theatres including Alexander Theatre, Bognor Regis and the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth produced by leading industry creative teams.

In the third year you will appear in our fully staged Musical Theatre shows at leading regional theatres, in Cabaret Performance Company shows, in an Agents Showcase and create an industry Showreel, with regular visits from agents and industry professionals.

Working with industry partners TAGlive (Talent Artistic Group), Sonic Artists and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, you will develop your performance skills and industry understanding with regular contact and opportunities throughout all years of study.

You will work with professional singers and dancers from the West End and the most prestigious cruise companies in the world as you develop vital skills to be competitive in the world of Musical Theatre and wider entertainment contexts.


  • Sonic Artists

Andy Mills-Brown

CEO, TAGlive
“We are extremely passionate about cultivating a younger generation and nurturing them to become confident performers. Partnering with the University of Chichester Conservatoire Cabaret degree Programmes is perfect as we can provide first-hand and real-world industry advice whilst having the first opportunity to offer contracts to talented performers”.

Jon Perry

Director, Sonic Artists
"Sonic Artists have a wide range of opportunities for musicians and performers in the cruise, leisure and holiday industries ideal for Jazz, Musical Theatre, Songwriting and Cabaret Performance. We are committed to helping the University of Chichester develop this talent and eventually guide them into the job market."

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will study using practical classes and supplementary workshops, lectures and seminars. Your typical week will be very practical in nature and include performance technique classes in dance, singing and acting, spoken voice, supplemental training, lectures, seminars, tutorials, studio-based workshops and application of practice.

Outside of scheduled classes you will complete independent study including developing repertoire, researching texts, individual solo practise, completing individual or group tasks and working on your assignments.


BA (Hons) Musical Theatre and Cabaret Performance
"One of the things that makes the course stand out is the variety of skills we have the opportunity to learn such as magic, comedy, guitar and pole dancing. We are treated as unique individual performers and encouraged to believe in ourselves and our abilities, providing the support and confidence to move out of our comfort zones."

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Musical Theatre Skills 1

This all year module focuses on the technical training in dance (jazz, ballet, tap) acting and singing which will form the foundation of your training for musical theatre. You will study a combination of dance technique and routines, acting techniques, vocal repertoire classes, musical styles and performance skills.

Performance Development (First Year)

This all year module helps you to develop your ability in solo voice with regular one to one lessons with a specialist singing teacher. In these lessons you will focus on developing your vocal technique, breath control and tonal awareness.

Cabaret Skills (Level 4)

With a rigorous focus on dance and voice this all year module puts your dance technique into practice in the development of dance routines in a variety of styles and explores further vocal repertoire for the solo singer. You will have regular dance classes alongside vocal repertoire classes which will encourage you to push yourself out of your comfort zones in exploring repertoire choices from not only Musical theatre, but also (where suitable) pop, jazz, rock, disney and swing. The performance of song and dance allied to engaging with the audience is a vital skill that is explored in this module.

Professional Skills (Cabaret Level 4)

In the first year you will learn recording studio techniques with an emphasis on audio recording in our bespoke editing suites. You will also have spoken voice class/entertainment skills and choose a practical option to compliment the technical aspect, with a choice of guitar, comedy song or magic.

Musical Theatre Skills 2

Building on the foundation of your first year of study this all year module focuses on further developing your technical training in dance (jazz, ballet, tap, commercial, body conditioning) acting and singing. You will study a combination of more advanced dance techniques and routines, acting techniques including duologues, vocal repertoire classes, musical style and performance skills.

Performance Development (Cabaret) (Level 5)

This all year module enables you to continue to develop your solo voice with regular one to one voice lessons with a specialist singing teacher. In these lessons you will focus on developing your vocal technique further, in exploring the application of vocal qualities, whilst encouraging you to push yourself out of your comfort zone as a vocalist and performer.

Cabaret Skills

With a rigorous focus on dance and voice this all year module further develops your dance technique in the advancement of dance routines in a variety of styles and explores further vocal repertoire for the solo singer. You will elect to specialise in either voice or dance for the assessment but will still attend all the training in both disciplines affording the opportunity for improvement and development in each area. You will have regular dance classes alongside vocal repertoire classes which will encourage you to push yourself out of your comfort zones in exploring even further repertoire choices.

Professional Skills (Cabaret Level 5)

In this year-long module you will supplement your audio recording editing techniques with the introduction of self-taping, video editing and podcasting. Those students choosing to specialising in dance will have the opportunity to select Pole dancing as their extra skill on this module. Other options for all students include guitar, magic and comedy song. You will also have spoken voice class/entertainment skills further developing your ability to engage with an audience in audition or performance.

Ensembles (Level 5)

In this year-long module you will form your own performance ensemble with a focus in an area, or areas, of interest to you and your group members. You will be assigned a tutor, or tutors in the area of your interest who will guide you in developing your ability in team work and devising you own content and where appropriate, choreography. Ensembles can be solely dance, singing, voice or entertainment based, or made up of a combination these disciplines.

Musical Theatre Skills 3

This year-long module consolidates all the learning in level 4 and 5 with training in the musical theatre disciplines of dance, acting and singing with a focus on advancing your technical understanding in your final year of study.

Venue and Organisations

This one-semester module prepares you for professional audition in the main disciplines of dance and singing. You will have specialist group lessons in dance technique and vocal repertoire folder classes where you will create your own bespoke repertoire list of cut songs appropriate for audition. In this module you will reflect on your strengths and current skill set in song and dance to develop an understanding of how you may best market yourself in the profession upon graduation.

Cabaret Performance Showreel

This large all-year module incorporates a huge array of classes specific to your specialisms, including; instrumentals studies, sight-reading, vocal rep, musical direction, spoken voice/entertainment skills, video and audio editing, plus your chosen option (comedy song, guitar or magic) to create your own Industry Showreel at the conclusion of the course. Working with a wide range of tutors, this module will encourage you to look at how to present your own work on camera, how you market your skill-set in the profession and help you to reflect on positioning yourself to a professional standard to agents and bookers.

Performance Development (Cabaret)

Building on the previous two years you will consolidate your vocal technique and performance tuition with regular one to one singing lessons in order to prepare you for audition and assessment.

Swing Project (Personal Study)

This module will give you an insight to the role of a ‘swing’ within a musical theatre performance context. You will explore performance styles in practical work and be encouraged to approach new and more ambitious material. You will keep a ‘swing bible’ (written log) of all information you need to effectively take part in the performance, in any given role.


Studying advanced ensemble studies will aim to develop your ability as a team player in the performing arts profession, whether part of an entertainment team or in other wider reaching contexts.

Personal Studies

With a choice of 3 different further personal study modules to choose from, this will complete your training as a well-rounded Musical Theatre performer. You have a choice of vocal recital, build your own show, or a written dissertation, all offering different opportunities to showcase your talents dependant on your skill set and aspirations.


Use industry standard spaces and equipment

This programme is taught across both our Chichester campus and our Bognor Regis campus and is located in one of the largest music departments in the UK, with enviable teaching, performance and practice resources.

You will also use the 350-seater Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis, on campus recital and orchestral performance spaces and a range of external venues in the UK and overseas.

The Bognor Regis campus is seven miles from the Bishop Otter campus and is connected by frequent buses. Our students therefore have access to both an historic cathedral city and an iconic south-coast seaside resort!

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.


Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Cabaret) degree will prepare you for your future career. You will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills to enhance your CV and your employability.

Many past graduates are now working in some of the principal producing houses.

As performers, alumni have gone into:

  • West End productions
  • Major touring productions throughout Europe
  • Major cruise ships including Disney
  • UK and International small-scale touring theatre
  • ​Film and TV in both the UK and US
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • Cabaret
  • Cruise ship bands on P&O
  • Warner Leisure Hotels
  • Stage managers, arts managers and producers picking up contracts in the UK and around the world

Join our alumni group on Facebook to see what do after finishing their studies.

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Music Performance
  • MA Performance: Theatre
  • MA Screen Acting
  • MA Music Teaching
  • PGCE
  • PhD/MPhil

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
28 points
with no element lower than 5.5.


You will need to demonstrate your ability in dance, acting and singing in a performance audition. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer. For more information on this process see below – Audition Details and FAQs.

Interviews and Auditions

Your audition

Please prepare a short, spoken introduction of no longer than 2 minutes, showing your personality and telling the panel why you wish to be considered for a place on this course.

Please prepare 2 contrasting Musical Theatre songs, cut to 90 seconds/maximum 2 minutes with the appropriate sheet music in the correct key. One must be up tempo and show personality.

Prepare yourself for a multi-genre dance call. Bring dancewear that is unrestrictive and that you can move comfortably in. If you have jazz and ballet shoes, please bring them with you.

Please prepare a short monologue that you feel displays your abilities as an actor.

For further information, please visit our Interviews and Auditions page.

Booking Your Audition

If you are invited to audition you will receive an email asking you to book your audition date on ChiView. If you are unsuccessful we will email you to let you know. 

You can usually choose between two or three different days on ChiView at one time. Once these dates are close ChiView will refresh to show new options. If none of the current dates suit you then you should wait until the dates renew and check again. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

Once you have booked your audition you will have access to the relevant documents on ChiView. 

Log in to the ChiView portal, click on ‘Events schedule’ and then ‘View details’ to view, download, or print documents telling you how to prepare for your audition and what to expect on the day.

If your situation changes and you can no longer attend your interview date you should cancel your booking in ChiView by visiting your ‘Event Schedule’ and clicking ‘Cancel Attendance’. You also need to inform the admissions team by emailing so we can send you a new audition invitation.

Using ChiView 

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone you will not be able to see the page correctly. If this happens you should try again on another device.

You may need to clear your browser history. 

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails please email with your query and applicant number.

After Your Audition

After your audition the panel will discuss your application and pass our decision onto the admissions team who will update UCAS.

  • We make bespoke offers: Your offer is specifically for you. If we offer less than your predicted grades, this will reflect the potential and quality of your audition and we’d like to take a bit of pressure off of you heading into your exams.
  • We don’t do unconditional offers: Unless you already have your grades (you are a mature student), we will always insist on certain grade achievements because we want you to succeed in all aspects of your academic life including your A levels, BTEC, etc.
  • If you do not get the grades you wanted: Don’t panic. You received an offer because you were good enough for the department at audition. Ring us on the clearing hotline so we can discuss things with you.
  • We may offer you a different course: We may offer you a place on a course within the department that is different to the one you applied for. If this is the case we will speak to you about this at your audition or shortly afterwards. We will explain our reasoning, which will revolve around placing you on the most appropriate course where we think you will thrive.


BMus (Hons) Music Performance
“I remember sitting in a music A level lesson when I received my email offering me an audition to study at the University of Chichester. I was immediately terrified of having to choose a piece to perform and to then perform it in front of tutors and other applicants. In the end I needn’t have worried at all, the audition experience was extremely enjoyable and relaxed. I had the best time meeting other prospective students, some of whom became course mates and one even a future housemate! Meeting the Head of Music, Ben Hall, was invaluable as it meant that any questions that I had about the course could be answered. He even gave us a tour of the Chichester campus and the music block which helped put us all at ease before we performed to each other.”


Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

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How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

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