Musical Theatre

BA (Hons)

Top-up degree

Key facts

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre
College of Liberal Arts
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
One year full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WW3L
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.

Prepare yourself for an exciting and varied portfolio career in the performing arts.

  • Taught by highly-qualified staff who continue to work as choreographers, performers and directors.
  • Opportunities to take part in performance work under the direction of internationally-renowned professionals.
  • Technical support at the highest standard, with access to state-of-the-art facilities.

Through our Musical Theatre (Top-Up) course you can become an intelligent performer with a combination of technical accomplishments, contextual understanding and business skills.

You’ll have the chance to work within a theatre company framework, gaining professional performance experience throughout the year in the UK and abroad. You’ll also undertake a research project which you can tailor to your interests. The course is designed to prepare you for a career within a broad range of employment fields, including musical theatre, music, media, community arts, and teaching.

“The degree provides some amazing performing opportunities, and being taught by lecturers who are working in the industry is a great experience. The open door policy makes the atmosphere very welcoming; the lecturers are always there to help and support you.”

Callum, Musical Theatre (Top-Up) graduate

What you'll learn


The core modules on this course are focussed on song interpretation and musical theatre performance. You must also complete either an independent research project or a dissertation.

We offer optional modules in areas including choreography, musical staging and directing. In these modules you’ll develop the professional skills required of an advanced musical theatre practitioner, alongside research skills and practical awareness of professional working methods.

We cover the essential aspects of musical theatre: singing, acting, dancing, directing and choreographing. You’ll explore the singing demands of different musical styles, including jazz, classical, pop and rock. You’ll also develop a strong understanding of the cultural and historical context of musical theatre, the link between practice and theory, and the current trends in the industry.

Working in a theatre company, you’ll have responsibility for marketing, production and touring your show, developing valuable skills in communication, time management, and leadership. You’ll gain a strong working knowledge of how musical theatre is created and realised.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through performances, portfolios, written assignments, presentations, personal development planning, and a major research project or dissertation.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, technical classes, rehearsals, in-class performance, studio and stage work, and industry workshops.


Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as the Candoko Dance Company, P&O Cruises, and Berlin University of the Arts.

List of current alumni careers

Musical Theatre BA (Hons) graduates have a range of professions including performing, cruise ship entertainment and education. Graduates have been cast in productions including Rent, USHERS and Yesterday – A Tribute to the Beatles.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught in the UCW Academy of Performing Arts based at University Centre Weston’s Knightstone Campus. The academy is a dedicated area of the campus which includes rehearsal and performance spaces, state-of-the-art dance studios, music studios, contextual studies classrooms and a common room. We also work closely with the Blakehay Theatre, a working theatre in the town, to provide additional rehearsal and performance space.


UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,950
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

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. An audition is required for this course.

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?

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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 we can see how you work in groups. The audition days are structured around workshops in the three areas of repertoire: acting, singing and dancing. 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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