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St Mary's University

Acting BA (Hons)

Start date


UCAS code



3 years

UCAS points

112 - 96

BA Acting
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Nurture your individuality and imagination with our hands-on Acting degree

Challenge your imagination and potential with our London-based Acting degree. You will work collaboratively and independently, studying techniques from various cultures, histories, contexts, and practitioners. You will cover subjects like:

  • movement and voice
  • devising
  • acting methodologies
  • digital production
  • acting for camera

You will also participate in:

  • a showcase in Central London
  • second and third year productions.

Audition for free

Your audition – free and on-campus – will involve:

  • a workshop
  • an individual piece
  • an interview.

Visit our auditions page for more information.

Hands-on learning with experts

Our acting course is intensive. You will receive guidance from experts, such as:

  • industry professionals
  • directors
  • actors.

Learn outside the classroom

We are surrounded by numerous local theatres and are only 30 minutes from London Theatreland. Therefore, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to build your network, knowledge, and experience in acting.

Cutting-edge facilities

You will learn in our creative arts facilities, which include our:

We also have a 320-seat theatre in Twickenham called The Exchange.

BA (Hons) Acting graduates

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Programme Director - Acting

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2022/23 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2023/24. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Digital Production

Entry requirements

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent). 

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

112 - 96

UCAS points

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).


All applicants for our BA (Hons) Acting programme are required to attend an audition on campus, unless you live outside of the UK. For more information, see our audition information page.

UCAS Personal statement support

Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

How many UCAS points my grades are worth

A levels

  • A*

    56 pts

  • A

    48 pts

  • B

    40 pts

  • C

    32 pts

  • D

    24 pts

  • E

    16 pts

My qualification isn't listed:

If you can't find your qualification in this list please check the full list of UCAS tariff tables.

Calculate your total UCAS points

Fees & funding

Tuition fees





*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage


The Stage are offering two tuition fee scholarships for the Acting BA (Hons) degree programme. The scholarships will cover the full cost of tuition fees for three years of study.

A range of additional scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 82%

Independent study - 18%

*Contact time includes 18% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

The course is predominantly (90%) taught through practical classes and workshops, as well as rehearsals for productions.

The Contextual Studies strand of the degree is taught in lecture seminars (10%) throughout the course and links to the work you do in practical classes, giving you a wider understanding of the theatre.

Class sizes are usually 20 to 25 students, and year three productions run in casts of 10 to 12. 

Assessment methods

Acting, Performance, Voice and Movement modules (comprising 90% of the course) are assessed through practical exercises, performances and workshop demonstrations. The Contextual Studies modules are assessed by essay (two essays across three years) and graduate portfolio in your third year.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

With our Acting degree, you will develop essential transferrable skills like teamwork, communication, and adaptability.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Previous students have secured careers as:

stage actorson-screen actorswritersdirectorsproducers

What our students say about this course...

It was crazy to find out from my agent that I’d got my West End debut!

Vaneeka Dadhria

Graduated 2019

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