Comedy degree – BA (Hons) – Bath Spa University


BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Comedy
Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park and related sites in Bath
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: TT15 or RTFA
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

Discover your route into the comedy industry by making and sharing your work.

  • Devise, write and perform your original material across the spectrum of comedy genres.
  • Get the chance to perform live and film your pilot in our contemporary multi-camera television studio.
  • Become a versatile comedic performer who can also make the transition to dramatic acting.

Comedy at Bath Spa responds to increasing employment opportunities for comedy writers and performers in the entertainment sector.

We step back to give you the hands-on experience you need to flourish within your specialism, whether that's sitcom writing or creating a piece of broadcast-standard comedy, then bringing it to life in collaboration with Film, Television and Digital Production students for a GALA showcase attended by industry guests.

As a Comedy graduate, you’ll be well-versed in a range of genres including stand-up, sitcom, panel show, street performance, physical comedy, sketch, high comedy and satire. You'll also have real-world experience of live performance in a range of venues and circuits.

You'll develop a host of skills applicable to a broad range of careers and routes into further study, including physical performance, vocal performance and freelance comedic writing. You'll learn self-promotion, using digital media created during the course to develop and expand your valuable networks.

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What you'll learn


The Comedy programme at Bath Spa enables you to develop and write sketch shows, monologues, comic plays and stand-up, then perform live across the stand-up club and festival circuit. You'll create videos and podcasts, enter writing competitions and collaborate on devising, writing and filming an original sitcom pilot using our state-of-the-art facilities.

Rigorous practice and contextual theory will enable you to enhance your academic writing and research skills while exploring a range of contemporary comedy genres. You'll gain valuable experience of current industry practices and record high-quality material for a showreel.

Regardless of the industry, humour is omnipotent. That's why we've devised a unique optional module that explores the link between communicating in comedy and communicating in business, using techniques taught to companies including Google, Channel 4, M&C Saatchi, UBS and Bank Paribas.

Course structure

Year one
Learn the fundamental concepts, structures, principles and vocabulary that demystify comedic practice. Develop the discipline of writing for performance through the lens of modern satire and observational humour. Gain a practical understanding of the dynamics of performance and acting methodologies supported by skills training in voice, movement and improvisation. Test your knowledge and skills through the creation and performance of original comedic material on a weekly basis, within a supportive studio environment.

Year two
Continue to create and perform original comedic material on a regular basis in a range of performance venues. Further extend your contextual knowledge and develop your skills in academic writing and critical thinking. And apply your skills and understanding through practical exploration of specific comedy genres. You'll also have the opportunity to study the link between communicating in comedy and communicating in business. 

Year three
Finally, year three will prepare you for your future career within the industry. Experienced professionals provide networking opportunities and advice on the routes you could follow as you move towards writing and performing professionally. Skills classes teach you how to present your work online, create a profile and presence via social media, develop successful actor audition techniques, enter festivals, get comedy gigs and approach broadcast media.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Solo and ensemble performances
  • Solo and collaborative comedic writing
  • Weekly performances
  • Self-reflection
  • Critical and contextual analysis.

In your final year of study, you'll identify your comedic persona and seek to emphasise and exploit the unique qualitites that differentiate you from your competitors as you progress into industry. You'll write an extended research essay, using this opportunity to articulate your future comedic direction and to critically analyse your emerging comedic practice.

How will I be taught?

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

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

  • Introduction to Comedy Acting Processes
  • Comedy Writing and Performance: Character Monologues
  • Comedy Skills 1
  • Comedy Acting Processes
  • Comedy Writing and Performance: Character Duologue
  • Comedy Skills 2

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • High Comedy
  • Comedy Skills 3
  • Comedy Writing and Performance: Online Comedy
  • Comedy Skills 4
  • Comedy Writing and Performance: Stand Up Comedy
  • Comedy Skills in Business
  • Improvised Comedy
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Comedy Writing Project
  • Comedy Independent Study
  • Production Project: Acting in a Directed Comedic Play
  • Production Project: Making Comedic Performance
  • Production Project: Mediated Comedic Performance
  • Stand Up/Sketch Comedy Circuit Show
  • The Professional Comedian


Work placements, industry links and internships

You’ll benefit from visits from industry professionals, as well as networking opportunities and advice from those experienced in the comedy industry on the routes you could follow as you move towards employment. 


As a Comedy graduate, you'll have identified your distinctive comic voice and will have the tools to write and perform to a professional standard.

You'll be creating and presenting your work on professional platforms that reach beyond the University, and you'll have the ability to showcase yourself both online and on stage.

You'll have a clear knowledge and understanding of the live and broadcast comedy industries, and how to successfully navigate this highly competitive field and exploit the opportunities therein.

2022/23 Academic Year

We’ve made some changes to how we deliver our courses in response to the ongoing COVID situation. This is to enable students to get the most out of their studies and university experience and to facilitate an engaging, participative and interactive learning environment, all while keeping our community safe.

We keep our programmes under constant review, and we’ll make sure to let applicants know if there are significant changes to your programme. You can find out more about how the University has adapted its approach on our COVID advice pages, where you’ll also find support and signposting to useful services.

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll benefit from use of teaching and rehearsal facilities on the Newton Park campus.

Facilities include:


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 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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Year 3 Published Jan 2026

UK students part time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £15,450
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
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2024/25 Entry

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

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

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 performance forms.

On your application form you should refer to:

  • Your experience, skills and interests
  • The performance work, plays or books that have influenced your thinking
  • The shows in which you have performed
  • Why you think Comedy at Bath Spa is the right course for you.

Typical offers

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

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC including a Grade C in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject, or evidence of experience in Performing Arts.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required in addition to evidence of involvement in drama or performing arts.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) together with evidence of involvement in drama and performing arts.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries
For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at

How do I apply?

This course isn't running in 2022/23. For more information please contact our Admissions service on +44 (0)1225 876 180 or

Interview and portfolio guidance

Suitable applicants will be invited to audition at our Newton Park campus between December and March.

The interview process will focus primarily on your:

  • Group skills
  • Aptitude for taking part in workshop activities
  • Spontaneity and creativity
  • Interest in comedy practices.

More information will be sent via email on invitation to audition.

Course leader: Pat Welsh

Three year course
With placement year

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