Musical Theatre - BA Hons Degree

Course Code: VP1HE56

UCAS Code: WW34


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2021University Centre3 Years / £8,750 per yearEnrol
13/09/2022University Centre3 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                   

Duration:  4 days a week 
Day/s of week: Mon, Tues, Wed & Thur    
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Indicative Delivery: 90% On-site at the University Centre Campus, 10%  On-line

In addition to the core Musical Theatre disciplines of acting, singing, dancing, performance and critical thinking, the degree also offers a choice of two pathways
(Commercial Dance or Theatre Making) that will allow you, in your first year to tailor your training to your personal and professional aspirations.

The degree is located in the centre of Blackpool and is surrounded a host of stunning entertainment venues steeped in history and heritage. Every year, we have the privilege
of working alongside a number of local and regional professional theatre organisations that regularly feed into the programme.

As part of your training you will regularly perform in our fantastic purpose built studio venue the University Centre Theatre with a variety of cabaret evenings, dance nights, presentations of new work and musical theatre productions in the culmination of multiple modules in your second and third year.

In your final year, your professional year, you will perform in two professional productions, one of which will be housed in our own University Theatre. The second performance is traditionally housed in a local external venue.

In addition to the main programme, the degree offers regular industry opportunities that range from guest talks, practical workshops, industry projects and full scale productions.

At Blackpool School of Arts, you will have access to outstanding facilities including recording studios, professional dance studios and a fully working theatre.
Our industry specialist tutors will support you to hone the skills needed to launch or develop your career.



Entry Requirements

A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:

  • CCC from A Levels in appropriate discipline
  • MMM from Extended Diploma or DD in an appropriate discipline such as Acting, Performing Arts
  • Merit from UAL Art and Design Extended Diploma in an appropriate discipline such as Acting, Performing Arts
  • Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • Attendance at workshop or forwarding of electronic portfolio
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Engaging the ArchiveVP4MD05920Mandatory
Vocal Techniques for Musical TheatreVP4MD06020Mandatory
Musical Theatre Dance Styles Ballet and JazzVP4MD06220Mandatory
The Integrated MusicalVP4MD06320Mandatory
Commercial Dance Styles Comm Contemp TapVP4MD06420Optional
Modern Performance TechniquesVP4MD07220Mandatory
Collaborative Theatre MakerVP4MD07320Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Critical PerspectivesVP5MD04420Mandatory
Vocal Practices of the Musical Theatre PerformerVP5MD04520Mandatory
Musical Theatre Dance Styles Adv PerformerVP5MD04620Mandatory
The Concept MusicalVP5MD04820Mandatory
Ballet ReimaginedVP5MD04920Optional
Acting for Tv and FilmVP5MD05820Mandatory
Theatre Making for PerformanceVP5MD05920Optional (most common)

Level 6 Modules

Major Research ProjectVP6MD04840Mandatory
The Engaging Entrepreneur Art Theatre PerformVP6MD04920Mandatory
Professional PerformanceVP6MD05020Mandatory
Choreography for PerformanceVP6MD05220Optional
Commercial PerformanceVP6MD05920Mandatory
Creative Development and InnovationsVP6MD06020Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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