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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre with Teaching

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College C58


Course Length:

Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDD - DMM

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Interview: Yes, candidates will be required to demonstrate, in a performance audition, ability in dance, acting and singing. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.

Course content

Delivered by highly experienced practitioners in musical theatre and in the specialist teaching of performance work, this course offers access from first year onwards to training in musical theatre dance, singing and stage acting and students will select a focus which reflects their strengths in these different areas.

Complementing this is the specialist development of practical skills in vocal or dance teaching – within one of the largest performance departments in the UK.

Second and third year students can opt to audition for performance projects at the Alexandra Theatre, other regional theatres and in our own campus performance spaces.

Performance projects range from large scale musical theatre with full pit orchestra set and costume to straight plays, smaller ensemble projects and dance revues and you can also develop skills in technical theatre and arts management roles in supporting performance projects.

Where this can take you

Students will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills to enhance employability in a range of areas beyond University.

Course progression in the department has been very high, with a number of students going on to further study at masters level in some of the most prestigious conservatoires in the country and in PGCE teacher training.

As performers, alumni have gone into:

  • West End productions
  • Major touring productions throughout Europe
  • Teaching in stage schools
  • Major cruise ships including Disney
  • UK and International small-scale touring theatre
  • ​Private singing teaching
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • Cabaret
  • Stage managers, arts managers and producers picking up contracts in the UK and around the world 

Indicative modules

  • Musical Theatre Skills

This core study is intended to develop performance and communication skills in the individual student’s choice of the musical theatre disciplines of acting and dance, and to introduce a more developed sense of performance context.  Students develop their current repertoire, their exploration of new work under the direction of specialist acrting and dance teachers, and their skill in preparing for audition or performance.

  • Performance Development

The performance study modules are intended to put in place the performance and communication skills on which subsequent achievement and technical and expressive development will depend. Students develop their current repertoire, and explore new work under the direction of one of our 29 individual vocal specialist teachers and more than 100 instrumental teachers.

  • Technique for the young Performer

Sound approaches to technique will be explored as the essential foundation for expressive dance or singing performance and a range of technical strategies will be tested and analysed, drawing upon students' own experience as learners, particularly in the early stages of study.  The imaginative communication of ideas and the appropriateness of different teaching methods dance or vocal technique to relevant age groups will be examined in relation to technical performance skill, in combination with broader issues such as sightreading and memorisation, and children's physical development.

  • Grades and Development

This module is designed to make connexions between the measured progress of the young dancer or singer and the general development of the child. Sessions are focused on graded development at early stages, with particular attention being paid to the acquisition of aural training and sight reading skills in singing. During the course consideration is given to general aspects of repertoire and skill development.

  • Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion

To provide tuition and advice designed to help graduates market themselves as trained professionals and to provide tuition on peripheral issues such as tax returns and self employment.


An extensive range of module options includes:

  • Musical Theatre Skills 1
  • Technique For The Young Performer
  • Performance Development
  • Professional Resilience
  • Introduction To Musical Theatre
  • Musical Grammar 1
  • Grades And Development
  • Musical Theatre Skills 2
  • Preparing Young Learners For Assessment And Performance
  • Performance Development
  • Psychology Of Learning And Teaching
  • The Movie Musical
  • Professional Resilience
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Opera And Operetta
  • Self-Employment, Marketing And Promotion
  • The Musical Theatre Business
  • Personal Study
  • Musical Theatre Skills 3
  • One To One Teaching
  • Group Teaching
  • Professional Resilience
  • Business Project
  • Communicating Music Through Movement & Gesture
  • Introduction To Fundraising In The Arts
  • Opera
  • Swing

Throughout their study all students can access our Professional Resilience modules which explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and introduce students to a number of different models of successful self development.

Course elements will vary, but may include:

  • Get out of your mind for free, how to handle unwanted Private Events (thoughts, feelings, physical sensations);
  • Love your Ears - Raising Awareness about Dangers of Hearing Loss;
  • Mood and Food, explore the Relationship of what you eat and how you feel;
  • Making Achievable Goals;
  • Spirituality and Wellbeing;
  • An Introduction to Colour Analysis and Style;
  • Employability and Careers;
  • Mindfulness and Creative Practice, offering techniques to help ‘quiet your mind’ and relax in the present moment;
  • Active Listening;
  • The Performing Body, using Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method;
  • Yoga for singers and instrumentalists
  • Tai Chi

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

The mission is to provide the student with skills that will enable them to navigate the complexities of the musical theatre industry through the offer of a professional standard of training within a well-structured and ambitious timetable with a specific focus on teaching their acquired skills to others.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

The tutors are professional practitioners, demonstrating leadership in the industry offering peer support to colleagues and are generous with their knowledge and expertise.  

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly-qualified tutors together with a wide-ranging team of acting, dance and vocal coaches drawn from a core of more than 200 specialist staff.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays/portfolios, examinations, performances and practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions.

Additional Costs

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