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Acting BA (Hons)

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3 years

UCAS points

112 - 96

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Develop your individuality and prepare for a career in the creative industries with our Acting degree

Challenge your imagination and potential with our London-based Acting degree. The programme is flexible and offers you the chance to tailor your degree to suit your creative needs.

As well as your in-depth actor training, you will have the chance to learn how to write your own script, produce and devise your own films and theatre projects, and define yourself in today's creative industries. Our acting programme will prepare you to work across a range of media, including:

  • theatre
  • screen
  • radio
  • voiceover.

You’ll also get to participate in a West End showcase and a professional production in a local theatre or St Mary’s theatre. After your degree, you’ll leave with a showreel and voice reel, helping you to kickstart your career.

Hands-on learning with experts

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

  • industry professionals
  • directors
  • actors.

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.

Pre-UCAS auditions

These allow you to come and audition for us before making your final UCAS choices. Pre-UCAS auditions will be held on the October 28th and November 25th Open Days.

Visit our pre-UCAS auditions page for more information.

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.

BA (Hons) Acting graduates

View the portfolios of our graduates.

Mark Street

Senior Lecturer - Drama

Upcoming Event

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Acting and Creative Production Academic Q&A webinar - 22nd May

Wednesday 22nd May 2024, 04:00PM

Course content


The core modules listed below outline the main core skill sets an actor needs to forge a successful career in the stage and screen industries. Outside of these there are options that you can take to help you develop skills that will give you a competitive edge in today's creative industry.

From screen writing to digital production, you can opt to study modules where you will be taught by our highly talented and experienced tutors. Within your three years you will be working with the filmmaking students forging collaborative relationships that may last into your professional careers.

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.

Entry requirements

96 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.

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


Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

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...

All our teachers were very knowledgeable and had industry experience, whether in writing, directing, acting, or producing.
Montel Douglas

Montel Douglas

Graduated 2018

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