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Sheffield Hallam University

Performance for Stage and Screen

UCAS Code: W491
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
93% LOW
Average graduate salary
£15k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

• 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film, television or theatre/performance studies. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies. Or • 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film, television or theatre/performance studies. We accept General Studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 88-104 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

Develop your understanding of performance from a variety of perspectives. Explore practical approaches to performance for both traditional and non-traditional stage spaces, for screen and for broadcast media. As well as gaining a practitioner perspective, you consider the role of the audience and critic towards these media. Your investigations blend a practical approach with a clear theoretical understanding. During the course you • develop practical performance skills for stage, screen and broadcast media • learn to apply the skills you have learnt to established theatre and non-theatre settings • explore and analyse dramatic and cinematic works through a range of perspectives • attend theatre productions and cinematic screenings to study the relationships between space, performance and audience • explore your own creative and professional development and look at ways of preparing for your chosen career While some key modules are core, others are optional. This allows you to tailor your study towards your interests and career ambitions. Key areas include: • performance and text • broadcast performance • study skills for stage and screen • acting for the screen • performance spaces and places • contexts and concepts • performance • applied theatre • performing classic texts • professional development and work-based learning • research skills • final show or dissertation Specialist areas may include • actor training • scriptwriting • devising • stand up comedy • film-making • site-specific performance • arts in education and the community • foreign language options Teaching Your studies are led by a core teaching staff comprising of both academics and industry professionals, supported by guest lecturers and visiting artists. Work-based learning As part of the course, you apply what you have learnt through working with external clients in the applied theatre module, and have the option of a work-based learning placement in an area of your choice in your final year. This is a great opportunity to gain professional work experience and enhance your CV. Additional opportunities We are a proud member of internationally renown theatre company Out of Joint’s Associate University Scheme, which entitles us to a number of placements and workshops for our students. We have a close relationship with local institutions, such as Sheffield Theatres, Theatre Delicatessen, and Third Angel, which provide many opportunities for you to see, and get involved with, cutting edge work. There are also many opportunities for you to collaborate with Film and Media Production students to gain additional screen acting experience, and we are frequently contacted by external organisations to advertise a range of paid and voluntary performance and performance-sector roles and opportunities. Facilities The University is currently investing in a newly equipped suite of performance spaces, rehearsal studios, creative spaces and recording facilities. Films are shown in our high-tech cinema The Void or at the Showroom Cinema, adjacent to the University. You also have access to our learning centre, holding a library of appropriate books and journals as well as thousands of films on DVD, Blu-ray and videotape, plus individual viewing facilities.


**Current year one modules** • performer and the text • introduction to broadcast performance • studying for stage and screen • acting for the screen • performance spaces and places • performance and the big screen **Current year two core modules** • applied theatre • approaches to classic texts • contexts and concepts of performance **Current year two options** • the actor training studio • broadcast voices • scripting a performance • devised performance **Current year three core modules** • performance • approaches to research **Current year three options** • final show • music in film • performing comedy • drama in education and the community • in situ: body, space, performance • guerrilla film-making • issues in professional development • research project • show business: or the business of making shows

Sheffield Hallam University

Adsetts Learning Centre

Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

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 77%
Student score 71% LOW
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Library resources are satisfactory


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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
0% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
66% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
282 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
75% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% 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 93% LOW
Average graduate salary £15k LOW
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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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