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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Drama
Student score
71% LOW
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£15.4k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Grades BCC including Grade B in Drama, Theatre studies, English or related subjects accepted.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Extended Diploma in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) accepted.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 27 points required in addition to evidence of additional qualifications or experience in Acting, Drama or Theatre Studies.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 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

Drama at Bath Spa University is an innovative course that provides you with an exciting introduction to the world of drama. The programme allows you to strategically develop practical skills knowledge and understanding through performance, research, reflection and analysis. You will gain knowledge of the subject by making theatre, performing, reflecting upon, and writing about performance in its many forms, whilst gaining a strong grounding in the ideas, traditions, and debates that inform contemporary drama practices. The programme will give you an opportunity to: explore the place of drama in the contemporary world; make your own work; collaborate with local theatres, theatre companies, arts venues, and and cultural institutions in Bath, Bristol and beyond; work with industry professionals, writers, actors, directors and theatre practitioners from the fields of experimental, educational, professional and community-based theatre and performance; collaborate with other academic disciplines.


You can choose between modules such as performance and media, writing for performance, Shakespeare, acting and directing, and theatre for social change. We also offer you strands of study in ensemble performance-making, and performance analysis, and for those of you who wish to specialise in-depth in a particular area of study, we offer the option of two bespoke pathways which may include: Writing and Performance, and Musical Theatre. As you progress through your degree, BA Honours Drama thus gives you the choice between pursuing a specialist interest in depth or gaining a more broadly based grounding in the different forms of drama, theatre and performance. You will be taught through a mixture of practical workshops, rehearsals, seminars and lectures. In Years 1 and 2, your core modules will focus on a range of contemporary performance practices, while your optional modules will allow you to explore topics such as physical theatre, acting and directing, applied theatre, musical theatre and theatre production. In Year 3, you’ll apply your skills to making a variety of performance work and carry out self-directed research into areas of drama and performance that particularly interest you, while also selecting areas of study from a range of specialist modules that cover topics such as Modern American Drama; Devising for Performance; Experimental Drama; Writing for Performance; Media and Performance, and Staging Shakespeare.

Bath Spa University

The campus in the summer

Students here enjoy the best of many worlds a unique cultural heritage, inspiring and beautiful campuses and the buzz of Bath, a UK top 10 creative city. There's a real community feel and countless opportunities to unleash your potential. Bath Spa Students' Union was awarded a Gold Green Impact award from the NUS. We might be small but the Union's RAG group raised over 10,000 for charity.

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 74%
Student score 71% LOW
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
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
66% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
342 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% 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 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £15.4k LOW
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


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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