BA (Hons) Musical Theatre – Bath Spa University

Musical Theatre

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre
Taught by
The Brighton Academy
Course length
Three years full time.


This course is taught by The Brighton Academy.

UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: UCW3
Campus Code: B

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. See "Interested in applying?" for more information.

Train in acting, singing and dance at one of the UK's most dynamic musical theatre schools on this versatile degree.

Undergraduate course taught by The Brighton Academy.

  • Graduate as an imaginative performer, well-equipped for employment and freelance work across the industry.
  • Become a "triple threat", with equally-weighted acting, singing, and dance training delivered to the highest standard.
  • Study at a location that suits you; choose from one of two exceptional musical theatre schools in the UK.

Develop the essential practical and creative skills and theoretical knowledge you'll need to become a self-motivated artist in the musical theatre industry. 

You'll study at one of the best musical theatre schools in the UK, whose goal is to help you graduate as an adept in a variety of genres, and also to prepare you for postgraduate study.

This rigorous Musical Theatre degree is designed to train you to become a versatile, imaginative, and employable performer - a "triple threat". Acting, singing, and dancing are delivered with equal weighting, and you'll gain the kinds of experience required to be an independent thinker, adaptable to the challenges of employment and freelancing.

This course is also delivered at University Centre Weston.

What you'll learn


You'll undertake practical modules in singing, acting, and voice training. From this technical base, you'll develop your creative processes by considering how to apply your techniques to an essential repertoire, in order to realise creative and musically intelligent interpretations of materials.

You'll also study dance technique and history, developing your theoretical and technical knowledge of a range of techniques within musical theatre. You'll explore how to break down text and scenes, create characters, and remain in the moment of action.

Performance is emphasised throughout, and you'll continue to enhance your technical and stage skills through a series of performances across a variety of genres. Our aim is that you'll graduate as a technically skilled professional, well-versed in collaboration and personal reflection. Collaborative projects require you to work at industry standard, and within professional recognised time frames.

Course structure

Year one
You'll explore essential core skills through technical training in dance, movement, voice, singing, and acting, working as an individual and as a member of an ensemble. You'll also develop your academic writing skills in research, analysis, and critique.

Year two
In year two, you'll build on what you've already learned and move into interpretation, analysis, and performance, as a soloist and within an ensemble. You'll collaborate with industry professionals and peers in a range of workshops and performance opportunities, developing the technical understanding you'll need to kick-start your career in the musical theatre industry.

Year three
Year three focuses on performance. You'll hone your skills and knowledge, and enhance your employability as a successful performer. Collaboration with industry specialists, combined with strategically selected projects and public performances, encourages professional working relationships and the entrepreneurial capability vital for future employment.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment tasks could take the form of:

  • Public performances
  • In-class performances of devised or published work
  • Oral presentations
  • Critical reflection
  • Working as part of an ensemble
  • Individual and group research projects.

How will I be taught?

You'll be taught through a range of activities including lectures, workshops, seminars, skills classes, rehearsals, tutorials, work placements, theatre visits, and theatre productions.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Acting and Voice 1
  • Musical Theatre Singing 1
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Ballet and Jazz Dance
  • Tap and Musical Theatre Dance
  • Musical Theatre History and Repertoire
  • Musical Theatre Dance Skills 1
  • Musical Theatre Dance Technique and History

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Acting and Voice 2
  • Musical Theatre Singing 2
  • Musical Theatre Dance Skills 2
  • Musical Theatre Performance Processes

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Musical Theatre Independent Study
  • The Professional Musical Theatre Performer
  • Professional Musical Theatre Projects

Facilities and resources

Where the is subject taught

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre is taught at The Brighton Academy.

Please refer to the school's website for details on teaching locations, facilities, and resources.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,000
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 .Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for dynamic individuals with an interest in exploring a wide range of genres and performance forms. On your application form you should refer to your experience and skills, performance work, plays or books that have influenced your thinking, and shows in which you have performed.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • Three A Levels - grades CDD including one in a related subject.
  • Two A Levels - grades CC including one in a related subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma in a related area, grades Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP).
  • BTEC - Sub-Dips in a related area, grades Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP) (or MM if studying two).
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject.
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - Pass.
  • UAL Level Diploma - Merit.
  • Rock School Extended Diploma - overall grade of Merit.
  • Rock School Sub-Diploma - Pass, but only in conjunction with other Level 3 qualifications.

English Language Requirements for EU Applicants

  • IELTS 6.0, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Interviews will take place at our partner sites, depending on the course you've chosen to apply for. More information about interview requirements will be sent via email on invitation to audition.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180

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