Acting - BA Hons Degree

Course Code: VP1HE57

UCAS Code: W411

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

Course Overview

Course timetable

Duration: 3 days a week 
Day/s of week: Mon, Tues, Wed  
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Indicative Delivery: 90% On-site at the University Centre Campus, 10%  On-line

The BA (Hons) Acting degree is a course intended to prepare you for lifelong careers in the performance industry. This includes providing you with a forum to develop practical skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

The Creative Arts are a major part of Britain's identity and Blackpool has been at the heart of entertainment for many decades: the town is synonymous with traditional performance formats as well as innovative, exciting and perhaps eccentric work. We think this is a perfect environment for you to develop your creative voice while also learning the key craft skills needed to be an actor.

The degree is designed to look both backwards and forwards: backwards by drawing on a culture that is steeped in great writers and traditions and enriches communities
and countries. Not only this, but emphases on long-standing performance crafts and approaches that have been the foundation for actor training evolving where appropriate
for a long time. Forwards by embracing the ever changing aspect of performance, especially in an increasingly online and digitised culture in which the definition of  what performance means and what a performer can do is being challenged year by year.

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. Our excellent employer relationships facilitate exciting live briefs and the chance to perform at prestigious venues such as Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.


Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) Acting

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

Core Acting SkillsVP4MD06620Mandatory
Exploration and PlayVP4MD06720Mandatory
Naturalistic ProjectVP4MD06820Mandatory
Engaging the ArchiveVP4MD06920Mandatory
Modern Performance TechniquesVP4MD07020Mandatory
Collaborative Theatre MakerVP4MD07120Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Performing Traditional TextsVP5MD05120Mandatory
Contemporary Media in PerformanceVP5MD05220Mandatory
Classic Performance ProjectVP5MD05320Mandatory
Acting for Tv and FilmVP5MD05420Mandatory
Theatre Making for PerformanceVP5MD05520Mandatory
Critical PerspectivesVP5MD05620Mandatory

Level 6 Modules

The Engaging Entrepreneur Art Theatre PerformanceVP6MD05420Mandatory
Professional PerformanceVP6MD05520Mandatory
Commercial PerformanceVP6MD05620Mandatory
Major Research ProjectVP6MD05740Mandatory
Creative Development and InnovationsVP6MD05820Mandatory

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

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 Specification

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
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