• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: Amersham & Wycombe College
  • Duration: One Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

The course has been created for aspiring musical theatre actors who have completed a Foundation Degree in a related subject, to provide sound and practical performance training that integrates strong academic and theoretical approaches to work as the course progresses.

What will this course cover?
The course includes acting and voice studies, dance and movement studies, introduction to critical theory, outreach theatre, the modern musical, music theatre (international), dance theatre, professional practice and the Broadway musical. Facilities include a 100-seat theatre, a smaller drama studio, and a large drama/dance studio, two smaller dance studios, a lecture room, and a black box drama studio. All rooms have pianos and audiovisual equipment and you can book time for private rehearsal and practice offsite as required, as well as taking full advantage of the facilities at Amersham.

Course Details


Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.


You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.


You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?


  • demonstrable ability in acting and singing assessed through audition
  • MERIT at completion of a two year Level 5 qualification (Foundation Degree or HND)
  • Maths and English GCSE grade C or above
  • demonstration of critical thinking assessed through interview.


  • demonstrate ability in dance assessed through audition.

All applicants are auditioned in the ‘triple threat’ of singing, dance and acting.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Contextual Dissertation Project (optional)
  • Practical Dissertation Project (optional)
  • Professional Preparation
  • The Boundary-Breaking Musical
  • The Classical Musical


How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow


What are my career prospects

We can help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.

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