BA (Hons) Acting

Course details

UCAS Course code W400

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If you've been bitten by the acting bug and want the right start into a career as a professional actor, then you want a course that develops your acting skills to the highest calibre. We offer a highly practical course on a dedicated arts campus, taught by academic specialists with actors and directors from the industry. You'll enjoy the full acting experience through our excellent facilities and fascinating lessons to enhance your existing talent to new heights.

As well as improving your skills, you'll be given plenty of opportunities to work towards employment. We keep contact with industry professionals who mentor the development of your professional practice, helping you identify key areas to focus on to improve your standing with directors and employers. No matter what your previous acting experience, we will ensure you get the proper foundation for a healthy career on the stage, so get involved with our fully supportive programme!

Our highly practical programme is structured around regular performances and productions of commercial and experimental theatre. You'll explore contemporary and classical theatre with a focus on textual analysis, looking at theatre history and cultural contexts for the plays you study. A range of naturalistic and non-naturalistic acting styles are studied to help you develop a style that works for you.

Our course keeps a sharp focus on employability. Your professional practice is developed through a high level of contact with industry professionals who mentor the development of your professional practice through rehearsals, providing individual and company critique to help focus your skills. At the end of the course you can try out for our graduate showcase in London that will serve as a culmination of everything you've learnt for your degree.


Year one

Compulsory modules

  • Texts in Contexts
  • The Actor and the Voice
  • Movement for Acting
  • Acting Skills
  • The Institution of the Arts in our Time (Performing Arts)
  • Reflection/Review (Performing Arts)

Year two

Compulsory modules

  • Skills Development in Acting 
  • The Actor as Co-creator
  • Acting the Text
  • Acting Performance
  • Understanding the Cultural Economy (Performing Arts)
  • Working in the Creative Industries (Performing Arts)

Year three

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Practice in Acting 
  • Final Production (Acting)
  • Theory and Research Methods in the Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts Dissertation

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

96-112 UCAS tariff points.

The UCAS tariff has changed for 2017, you can find out more about the new tariff and qualification options from the new UCAS tariff table

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

112 UCAS tariff points.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Selection criteria

  • 16 points can be accepted from other tariff based qualifications
  • All places are offered subject to successful interview and audition

Making your application

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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You'll be fully qualified and have the right techniques to take your acting talents to a professional level, going onto work in film, stage and television. The skills you learn will serve you not just for the performing arts, but also in providing confidence in communication and presentation, which will be highly valuable in people-facing roles including Sales and HR work.

Our dedicated arts campus at Carlisle provides fantastic facilities to develop your acting skills, including a main theatre, two studio performance spaces, 16 rehearsal studios, 3 dance studios, costume making and set building workshops, recording studios and media resources.

All of our performances are directed by industry professionals to replicate industry practice, as well as provide networking opportunities to lead into future employment. Performances take place in a licensed theatre and are open to the public, providing you with the full acting experience.

Have a look at our learning resources for Performing Arts.