BA (Hons) Performing Arts - Bath Spa University

Key facts

BA (Hons) Performing Arts
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
One year full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: 7Y2Q
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

You should have successfully completed a related Foundation Degree/HND. All applicants will be interviewed and auditioned.

View typical offers for more information.

Hone your professional expertise, develop industry contacts and perform at renowned venues through our Performing Arts top-up degree.

  • Work as part of a professionally-run theatre company to present your talents on tour.
  • Develop your academic skills and explore topics of interest with a research project.
  • Learn from experienced performing arts professionals who continue to practise.

Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.

Performance is at the heart of this course. You’ll be expected to showcase your talents in a range of venues, including in our spectacular end of year show.

In the past, students from this course have also performed at the Pleasance Theatre in London, the Tobacco Factory in Bristol and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

“The degree equips you with a wide range of skills, experiences and industry knowledge. The workshop with Steven Berkoff really inspired us as a group. Having the opportunity to meet and work with one of the leading figures in theatre was incredible.”

Meinzeye Theatre, Performing Arts Top-Up, graduate theatre company

What you'll learn


On this course from the Academy of Performing Arts at UCW, you'll become part of a professionally-run theatre company, and stage your work as a commercial enterprise at a range of venues.

Under the guidance of experienced professionals, you’ll also enhance your technical skills in chosen areas of performance and be encouraged to audition for commercial productions.

You’ll also undertake independent practice to interpret briefs and respond with a solo performance, and learn the tricks for managing a diverse career in the performing arts industry.

This course will also prepare you for postgraduate study by offering an analysis of performance in a cultural context and the chance to undertake research in areas of interest.

Honours Top-ups are Level 6 qualifications that enable the conversion of a Foundation degree or equivalent into a full Honours Degree.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a combination of practical exams and coursework, with an assessment breakdown of 45% coursework and 55% practical exams. There are no written exams on this degree.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught and assessed via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, skills classes, in-class performances of devised work, presentations, individual and group work, written assignments and public performances.


Work placements, industry links and internships

Students on this course have recently performed in our production of Sister Act at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, with the show seen by more than 1,000 members of the public over its week-long run.

We also hold a spectacular end of year show each summer to give our students the chance to showcase their talents to theatre-lovers closer to home.



Students who pass this course are eligible to apply for postgraduate study, such as a Master’s degree in Classical Acting, Directing, or Scriptwriting at Bath Spa.

Graduates can also seek performance and production roles on the stage and screen, and employment in various positions in the wider entertainment industry.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught is taught in the recently-refurbished UCW Academy of Performing Arts in Weston-super-Mare, which has two 150m dance and movement studios with fully-sprung floors, a 120m rehearsal studio, a fully-equipped studio theatre with 60 seats, lecture and seminar rooms, IT suites and a student green room. Just across the road, the multimillion pound redevelopment of the Winter Gardens offers state-of-the-art learning facilities, extended opening hours and a new library.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
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Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

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2023/24 Entry

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International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,910
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
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

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of successful completion of a related Foundation degree/Higher National Diploma or equivalent, with an average grade profile of 50% or above.

Typical offers

You should have successfully completed a related Foundation Degree/HND, ideally obtaining an overall grade average of 50% in the second year of the course. All applicants will be interviewed and auditioned.

If you intend to progress onto a PGCE (Teacher Training) course at a later stage students will also need GCSEs at Grade C or above in Maths and English (and for Primary teaching Science) ideally before you apply for the PGCE course.

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 pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

If your application meets our basic entry requirements, you’ll be invited to an audition day. These usually last from 10am-5pm, and we invite a number of applicants along so that we can see how you work in groups.

The audition days are structured around workshops that will cover approaches to performance and improvisation / devising. You may also be asked to complete a short piece of written work. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions you have. You should wear comfortable clothing, suitable for movement.

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