BA (Hons) Acting with Foundation Year

Course summary

If you want to explore the skills needed to become a professional actor - and also develop your ability as a singer – then this course is for you. This degree will enable you to become a self-reflective practitioner who can think, write and develop their own work.

female actor wearing a thick black coatWhy choose this course?
You will study Eastern and Western European theatre, and concentrate on a variety of acting styles. In the third year you will get the opportunity to promote your work to leading industry professionals in masterclasses, workshops, mock auditions and in the West End agents’ showcase.

You will have access to flexible performance spaces, with lighting and sound equipment, a dance studio, rehearsal rooms and additional external facilities, including professional theatre venues.

We encourage you to critically assess the global influences acting has as an art form, and we reference these in lectures and workshops. 

You will study:

  • acting
  • voice
  • movement
  • singing
  • mask work
  • accent/dialects
  • contemporary dance
  • stage combat.

An understanding of the history of theatre will inform your practical studies in acting, movement, voice and singing – providing context and integrity to your performance work.

In your third year, you will have the opportunity to perform in three full-scale productions – including an agents’ showcase in the West End. You will also explore acting for camera and radio. 

In all these projects, and throughout the entire course, you will be taught by leading practitioners – many of whom still work actively within the profession.

Career and study progression

couple-on-stageYour degree can take you anywhere, but some of the most popular careers for graduates include working in films, television and radio.

You may wish to undertake postgraduate study in your subject or even explore something new. 

For more details, please see the Career and study progression section.

How will this course be assessed?

Year one
0% written exam, 80% practical exam, 20% coursework

Year two
7% written exam, 80% practical exam, 20% coursework

Year three
7% written exam, 76% practical exam, 17% coursework

Year four
0% written exam, 77% practical exam, 23% coursework

More information
For more information see our interview and audition page:

Course detail

During this course you will gain:

  • a unique, exciting and demanding training in professional acting
  • practical skills, knowledge and experience you need to enter the acting industry
  • the ability to be a self-reflective practitioner – an artist who can think, who can write, who can create their own work
  • training as an actor, and will also develop your skills in singing
  • the ability to perform within all styles of theatrical performance.


Foundation year (Level 3)

  • Introduction to Acting
  • Introduction to Voice
  • Introduction to Movement
  • General Musicianship
  • Performance Project

Year one (Level 4)

  • Acting 1 
  • Acting 2
  • Voice Studies 1
  • Movement Studies 1
  • Musical Theatre for Actors 1
  • Textual Studies 1
  • Singing (additional studies)
  • Movement Fundamentals (additional studies)
  • Neutral Mask (additional studies) 
  • Stage Combat (additional studies).

Year two (Level 5)

  • Acting 3
  • Scene Analysis 
  • Voice Studies 2
  • Movement Studies 2
  • Physical Theatre
  • Textual Studies 2
  • Singing (additional studies)
  • Accents (additional studies)
  • Verse Speaking (additional studies)
  • Clown/Bouffon (additional studies)

Year three (Level 6)

  • Acting for Recorded Media 
  • Public Production 1
  • Advanced Theatre Production
  • Professional Practice
  • Advanced Movement and Voice
  • Research Project

Entry requirements

80 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.

These can include:

• A Levels at grades B, B or C, D and D, or above
• BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Pass
• Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

International entry criteria
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 5.5 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.


Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply


As part of your application, we invite you to attend an audition.
In the first section of the audition, we will ask you to participate in a short dance or movement session, and a short improvisation workshop.

For the second section, we will ask you to prepare and perform a monologue from a contemporary play (post-1980) of up to 20 lines, and then a musical theatre song of approximately 64 bars. You must then prepare and perform a sonnet by William Shakespeare and you will also be required to bring to the audition a short piece of writing relevant to any aspect of your work or interest in the area of acting for stage (approx. 1,000 – 1,500 words). Do not send the written work in advance of the audition.

Please do not consider presenting any sung or spoken material from any musical or play currently running in the West End. Please bring with you loose comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for an audition, along with copies of your chosen monologue and sonnet, and the vocal or piano score (sheet music) for your chosen song.

Please note, there will be a £40 charge to attend all auditions.

For detailed information on how to prepare your portfolio and what to expect in the interview or audition please see our Interview and audition processes page.

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

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Career and study progression

Graduates may go on to careers in:

  • West End and regional professional theatre
  • Film, television and radio
  • New writing
  • Physical, devised and political theatre
  • Theatre for young audiences
  • Teaching (following the successful completion of a PGCE)
  • Related creative industries.

Study progression

Our London College of Music has an extensive portfolio of Masters level courses, which provide excellent study progression routes. We further encourage an interaction between specialisms, to enrich your postgraduate experience.

See our postgraduate courses page.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that's right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors' scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.