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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Drama
Student score
73% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£14.2k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

120 UCAS Points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade B in Drama, Theatre Studies or a related subject.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted. UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

this must include a related subject

UCAS tariff points

From a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade B in Drama, Theatre Studies or a related subject.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Explore every aspect of modern musical theatre to become a versatile, confident and exciting practitioner. Create and take part in musical theatre projects Work with music and drama students in multi-disciplinary performances Discover how the latest technology can bring modern performance to life Get movement, theatre and vocal tuition from our specialist staff Our BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree will let you explore every aspect of modern musical theatre, helping you become a versatile, confident and exciting practitioner, able to create innovative and powerful work. With a focus on 20th century and contemporary performance, our modules will develop your skills in music, drama and dance while allowing you to investigate other areas of production. Digital performance, staging and the use of the body to challenge dominant ideologies will all form a part of your core studies, against a background of developing your performance skills and understanding the historical context of performing arts. You’ll have a choice of areas to study, including directing, performing arts in education and live event management, allowing you to tailor the course to your future career. Our commitment to performance culture will see you working alongside students from music and drama courses to create collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects that will give you valuable teamworking experience. You will receive movement, theatre and vocal tuition from our specialist staff, and attend workshops, master classes and lectures by visiting performers, practitioners and academics. For all your practical work, you’ll have access to our dedicated rehearsal studios, complete with a flexible black-box performance space, as well as our additional rehearsal spaces. We stage regular staff and student public performances, both on-campus and around Cambridge, such as our full-scale musicals and operas, orchestra and chorus concerts, and bands evenings. You’ll also have access to free tickets to attend performance work in Cambridge and London. Outside of the course, you will find opportunities for work experience at our own on-campus Mumford Theatre, front of house or backstage, giving you a taste of life in a professional theatre environment. You can also volunteer for our Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre Company, putting on workshops and performances at local schools to get more experience of being part of a professional ensemble.


Year one, core modules Performance Contexts 1A Performance Contexts 1B Staging and Reception Staging and Production Digital Performance Performance Skills 1A Performance Skills 1B Year one, optional modules Directing Skills Year two, core modules Making Performance Performance Skills 2A Performance Skills 2B The Body in Performance Year two, optional modules New Media Performance Performance Laboratory Applied Theatre Music and Performing Arts in Education Performing Shakespeare Live Event Management Year three, core modules Devising Performance Major Project Year three, optional modules Special Subject Principles of Music Therapy and Dramatherapy Contemporary Texts Music Theatre Studies Art, Music and Performance Enterprise in the Creative Arts Professional Practice Optional modules available all years Anglia Language Programme

Anglia Ruskin University

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Anglia Ruskin University is a progressive university, breaking into the top 350 educational institutions in the World in 2017*. ARU's fantastic academics will link theory with practice in a friendly and supportive environment; just one of the reasons that ARU's students have recorded some of the highest satisfaction rates across the University. With a campus in the very heart of the City of London offering you unprecedented access to a host of potential employers and careers, ARU London is the perfect place for you to build the skills and gain the knowledge which will propel you to a successful career. 

* The Times World University Rankings 2017

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 69%
Student score 73% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
68% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
261 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
66% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £14.2k LOW
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.
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