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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    W410; Short form: BA/Act

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you are looking for an acting course that offers high-quality practical training, with a strong emphasis on developing your physical technique, UCLan’s Acting degree will develop your ability to be pro-active, expressive and creative by providing opportunities to develop a wide range of related transferable skills, including devising technique, television presenting, motion capture work, corporate role play, and academic study.

You will appear in public performances in your second and third year and there are opportunities to appear in Graduate Showcases in Manchester and London.

This course has been granted Recognition status by Drama UK.

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Entry Requirements 2016/17

260 points at A2; General Studies Accepted
BTEC Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
Pass Access To HE: 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent

Entry Requirements 2017/18

104 points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Diploma : Distinction, Distinction
BTEC Extended Diploma : Merit, Merit, Merit
Pass Access To HE : 106P
International Baccalaureate : 28P
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs : 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent


For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

We welcome students with qualifications in other subjects, but who have shown a significant commitment to theatre performance. All applicants must attend an audition/ interview.

UCLan Open Day, 12 November 2016 (Banner)

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Acting Fundamentals (Includes)

  • Meyerhold’s Biomechanics
  • Stanislavski
  • Yoga
  • Clown
  • Voice Production
  • Shakespeare

Year 2

The Expressive Actor (Includes)

  • Viewpoints
  • Mask
  • Ensemble
  • Extended Voice
  • Singing
  • Devising

The Contemporary Actor

  • Contemporary Text
  • Radio Acting
  • Acting for the Camera (Single Camera - location)

Acting for Theatre Production 1

  • Theatre production performed to a public audience.

(3 weeks rehearsal and production week)

Year 3

The Professional Actor

  • Audition Technique
  • Professional Practice
  • Acting for the camera (Multi-camera - studio)

The Actor as Creator

  • Devising Project

Acting for Theatre Production 2

  • Theatre production performed to a public audience.

(3 weeks rehearsal and production week)

Further Information

The BA (Hons) Acting degree at UCLan is one of the newest acting courses in the UK, with a growing reputation both regionally and nationally as a unique training ground for actors. It's a production-based course that develops the practical skills and knowledge required to work in the field of Acting, Performance and Theatre as well as your creative potential, so that you can maximise your engagement with a huge variety of opportunities.

All Acting students work with teachers who are themselves professional practitioners in a range of disciplines including acting, directing, singing and vocal practice, dance, choreography, and TV production. Many staff are also engaged in academic research at home and abroad at both masters, doctoral and post-doctoral level.

Watch a recent video of Tom Hardman at the Degree Show 2016. Tom, who has already featured in the BBC’s Our Zoo and Doctors, won a DS16 award for his screen acting:

 The degree covers key areas such as; movement techniques, vocal techniques, rehearsal processes, textual analysis skills, contextual knowledge, research skills, creative and devising skills. It is highly practical and much of the work students will engage in is directed towards performance, of which the majority are presented in the public domain.

This practical element of the course is contextualised by theatre studies which will provide you with the level of knowledge, analysis and evaluation expected of an honours graduate. You will also have the opportunity to develop the skills and attributes needed in order to devise original creative works in theatre.

Work on key skills such as movement and voice are integrated throughout the degree with textual analysis, research and actor training techniques such as Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov and Classical Acting.






UCLan’s actor training was a great experience for me. It gave me the discipline I needed as an actor and helped me improve my technique in so many areas. It was a great university to come to and it was fantastic to be able to stay in the North West once I’d graduated.

Gary Hanks


  • Practice-based - with the majority of study being in workshops and the majority of assessment occurring through performance or presentations. We emphasise the importance of performance technique within creative study.
  • Vocational - career relevant study with input from the profession into the design content and delivery of the courses, as well as modules that focus specifically on career planning and preparation; live projects occur throughout all courses.
  • Taught by practitioners - all the course tutors are practising performing artists, all with national and in some cases international reputations; in addition to these permanent staff we have a programme of specialist inputs from visiting practitioners and lecturers.
  • Production-based - much of the work students will engage in is directed towards performance, much of it presented in the public domain.
  • Underpinned by research - all staff are active academic researchers and we have built study of research skills and methodologies into all of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  • Modularised - with clear targets, objectives and assessment criteria and supported by regular tutorial and feedback sessions.
  • Underpinned by a student support system - this includes a number of technical and administration staff, student counsellors, careers staff, as well as ITC and library resources, and a broad range of technical and learning resources specific to the performing arts.


I consider myself very lucky to have trained at UCLan - it was a wonderful experience that I will never ever forget. The course was a fantastic experience; each module introduced me to a unique style of theatre and performance. Every tutor treated me like a professional and did their utmost to help me improve my craft.

Alex Moran


Level 1 prepares students in each of the core disciplines that will be followed throughout the programme, movement, voice and contextual studies. You will develop expressive potential and develop the disciplines of an on-going daily practice and at the same time develop the capacity for receiving and offering constructive criticism. Study at this level takes the form of improvisation, play, active analysis and discussion rather than formal direction. You will develop key study skills and the ability to research background material.

At Level 2, you will develop all of these practices. You will work with contemporary texts, study acting for the camera and acting for radio. You will create work using disciplines derived from a number of body-based practices such as Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, Viewpoints, clown, ensemble acting, along with extended voice practice. The year’s work culminates in a public performance.

As you prepare to go into the industry, your final year also includes acting for the camera, and audition technique. You will practice filmed auditions, devise and perform original work, prepare audition pieces, develop your own website and present public performances. All these skills mean that you will be well equipped for a broad range of performing arts associated careers. The year also includes opportunities to take part in Showcases in Manchester and London.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

All acting students are supported by teachers who are themselves professional practitioners in a range of disciplines and all lecturers have industry experience. The course has links with employers, agents and casting directors in the region.

Arriva North project

Here is the work of UCLan students for David Wilkinson at Arriva North.

Professional Accreditation

This course has been granted Recognition status by Drama UK.

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Performance lies at the heart of the teaching and learning experience. Training techniques include Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov, Classical Acting and Acting for the Camera. Practical work is contextualised by theatre studies and underpinned by the level of knowledge, analysis and evaluation expected of an honours graduate.

Course delivery is modular, with six modules per year. 75% of the programme delivery is practical and based upon workshop sessions. The majority of assessment is practical based and made up from Formative assessment, Summative assessment and Self and peer-assessment. All practical assessment to be accompanied by a supporting document or viva voce. There are no written examinations.


My training at UCLan contributed to one of the best experiences of my life. Under the expertise of my dedicated tutors, the course gave me the raw tools, grounding and knowledge I needed to develop as an actor and person. I was able to enter the industry with the attitude and the professionalism that was necessary. I have not only been given a firm foundation on which to base my career but made friends for life.

Anna Whelan


You will be strongly encouraged to stay in touch with staff during your first years in the industry for professional advice/guidance, audition-coaching, use of facilities and collaboration on creative projects. Most graduates from this course choose a career in acting. Recent graduates have gone on to work at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Volcano Theatre Company, West Yorkshire Playhouse, BBC, ITV and Channel Four. However, the course also prepares you for a range of employment and vocational opportunities including professional theatre, TV, film and radio, community arts, the entertainment and media industry. Additionally, you can progress to further academic study.

All students have the opportunity for an international experience, whether it is an overseas placement, a chance to study abroad or an opportunity for an overseas study visit.

Our graduates have secured a wide variety of in Theatre TV and film these include:

  • Mandip Gill – Phoebe McQueen Regular Character - Hollyoaks.
  • Sophie Allen - Coca-Cola advert broadcast worldwide.
  • Gary Hanks – Emmerdale (5 episodes), Munroe both for ITV, Doctors - BBC, Dinner Ladies National Tour.
  • Caroline Read - Lunch Monkeys (Guest lead), Doctors - BBC.
  • Simon Wegrzyn - Joseph K in The Trial – Black Eyed Theatre Company, Cellini, English National Opera.
  • Alex Moran – Clockwork Orange – Volcano Theatre Co, Warhorse – The National Theatre.
  • Gayle Newbolt – Rapunzel, Tutti Frutti International Tour, The Johnny and Inell Show – CBBC
  • Sarah George – Celine McQueen (Regular Character) - Hollyoaks


You have 24/7 access to the Media Factory housing state-of-the-art industry-standard facilities:

Performances and workshops also take place in St Peter’s Arts Centre, a beautiful converted former Church, at the centre of the Preston campus.

National Student Survey 2015 Results

In the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) Drama courses at UCLan have been ranked 15th out of 89 providers and received 100% ratings from students who completed the survey in the following categories:

  • Staff have made the subject interesting
  • The course has helped me present myself with confidence
  • My communication skills have improved