Theatre and Performance (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Theatre and Performance (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    WW44; Short form: BA/TFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study alongside peers from related courses, whilst you gain a broad introduction to the subject knowledge and academic study skills required for you to successfully progress onto one of UCLan’s highly regarded undergraduate media degrees. Your course will provide you with various opportunities to try out your newly acquired skills and knowledge, with lots of support and guidance along the way. Excellent research supports our teaching and with our lively and current curriculum you’ll have a positive learning experience. You’ll work hands-on from day one and build an unrivalled skills base, improving your leadership and teamwork skills so you’ll be a highly employable graduate.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Multidisciplinary Project
  • Devised Theatre




  • Research and Contexts
  • Scriptwriting for Production

Year 2

  • PF1000 Devised Theatre Performance 1 (Year Long)
  • RP1001 Theatre in Context (Year Long)
  • PF1001 Performance Technique (Year Long)

Year 3

  • PF2000 Devised Theatre Performance 2 (Year Long)
  • RP2001 Theatre and Performance Research (Year Long)
  • PF2104 Contemporary Performance Skills (Semester 1)
  • RP2002 Professional Practice (Year Long)

Year 4

  • PF3000 Contemporary Theatre Performances (Year Long)
  • RP3101 Performance as Research (Year Long)
  • PF3001 The Advanced Theatre Practitioner (Year Long)
  • PF3002 Student Defined Study
  • PF3008 Professional Practice

Further Information

On the BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance, you’ll be studying in Preston at the heart of this thriving Performing Arts region - in addition to its own venues, the nearby cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Salford and Lancaster have the largest concentration of international theatres outside of the capital. This dynamic course is for highly creative actors and performers that are driven to explore innovative and experimental theatre making and performance.

The course will prepare you for the realistic, creative and physical demands of the degree course and theatre performance industry. Workshop-based sessions introduce you to a wide range of acting, performance and devising skills, complemented by lectures, seminars, screenings and theatre visits. You will be creating original group performance work in small groups, as well as with level two students in their productions. You will also perform in two public and tutor directed ensemble shows.

You will step firmly into the creative frame while developing and consolidating individual performance practice. Alongside continued classes in 'Devising strategies,' practical modules in 'Text and Performance,' 'Visual Theatre' and 'Body and Performance' are designed to encourage you to experiment within and across the mediums. Under your tutor’s guidance, you will also devise, perform and direct small group public productions, as well as performing in the final productions of level three students.

You will identify yourself both artistically and professionally; defining the theatre you make and perform while finding professional contexts for meaningful progression. Study at this level is largely student-directed, consisting of tutorials, presentations, acting and performance workshops and showings of devised work-in-progress; culminating in a major public performance of your final production. The honours route also consists of extended research either in the form of a written dissertation or a documented practice-based research project.

The tutors are supportive in encouraging students to define their individual area of practice and to develop this throughout the course of the degree programme

Zoe Washington

The freedom to create, the process of collaboration and research into contemporary performers allowed me to recognise skills within myself

Jack Leng

Theatre Studio



After graduating in 2015, I worked as a Producer and Communications Assistant for Fierce Festival Birmingham. This amazing opportunity helped me secure both mentors, friends and a life-long network within the International Live Art community. This network led me to working with Ibsen Award winning performance makers Forced Entertainment as a Marketing and Digital Communications Assistant. I am a recipient of a Weston Jerwood Independent Creative Producer bursary with 'Ferment', an artist development programme, part of Bristol Old Vic Theatre and work as a freelance producer for performance artist and Contemporary Other Magazine editor Demi Nandhra. I have also assisted on projects for artists Geraldine Pilgrim and They Are Here, London. I have recently been selected for a programme of International Creative Development in Italy and continue to focus on developing my own artistic practice. I will be performing my first post-graduate work as part of 'For you, For you, For You' festival in Leipzig Germany 2017.


Graduate, Charlotte Berry, is currently working with Fuel Theatre as Local Engagement Specialist for New Theatre In Your Neighbourhood and also started her own theatre company: Tin Can People.

The course has set me on the right path for a career in the arts. The different modules gave me an insight into different career opportunities and I was able to realise where my interests are. I had the opportunity to see so much great work outside of the university - travelling to London, Edinburgh, Birmingham & Manchester. The many opportunities which the course provided led me to working with theatre companies & touring my own work – it’s really important to gain experience while doing your degree!


After touring with a rock band in her late twenties, Lindsay Bennett embarked on the theatre degree at UCLan, where she gained a first class honours. 2014 saw Lindsay write her first solo show 'Mercury Complex' and was subsequently approached and commissioned by Manchester based production company Word of Warning to write and perform a second show 'Exit Smiling' which premiered at Contact Theatre in May 2014. Lindsay graduated from the course in 2014 and has gone on to work in TV & Film:

I've been really busy of late - I have a Manchester based agent and have most recently finished a paranormal thriller feature film called 'Seizure' set for 2016 release alongside some other projects which include work with Directors Tom Shrapnel and Frederic Planchon. I’ve acted in the sci-fi short film 'Charlie and me', a political film ‘Killerbird’ and another short film called 'Goldfish', which is currently in the American festival circuit. I have just written my own short film which should be starting production next month.


3rd Year student has been getting his work out professionally whilst studying & this has really developed his skills as a writer, performer and theatre maker:

Whilst studying as a student on the course, I have applied to professional platforms to showcase my performance work. My solo performance I’ll have a pint was commissioned for Drunken Chorus’ DRUNKEN NIGHTS III with mentorship from artist Andy Smith. Tin Can People, a theatre company consisting of myself and graduate Charlotte Berry, showcases our solo projects as well as a group piece called ‘Remember Me’, which was made as part of a university module in collaboration with another student Chloe Stollery. ‘Remember Me’ has recently appeared at Emergency 2015 in Manchester and at Hatch: Blood, Sweat and Tears in Leicester.


There was strong feeling of community within the program, I always felt I was able to talk to lecturers about any worries I had. Students were always offered one-to-one support when it was needed. Studying on this programme gave me fundamental performance and devising skills which I now utilize whilst I complete an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths University London. I am truly grateful to the programme as it has helped me develop a career within the arts. The programme allowed me to develop an individual theatre practice and helped me expand my ideas conceptually. This course is dynamic, innovative and the lecturers are authentic in their teaching of the arts. If you want to be a theatre maker with lots of tools on your belt, this is the course for you!

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page.


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Staff are prominent figures in a number of national and regional theatre and arts bodies/panels as well as being current performers/directors/academics within their own fields.

Learning Environment and Assessment

All practical classes are delivered in state of the art 'black-box' theatres that are housed in a million-pound development. Lectures occur in high specification suites that also fully support student presentation and seminar activities. 

Assessment of performances, seminars and written work takes place periodically throughout the year. Individual development of performing skills is assessed continuously. There are no written examinations.

The course has given me a range of practical skills which have enabled me to work confidently and successfully within contemporary practice. The underpinning of these practical skills with a solid base of theoretical knowledge has, for me, been the most rewarding aspect of the degree

Jack Coverdale


Successful graduates of this course have progressed to a range of work with small and medium-scale companies in the UK and internationally. The course has an excellent industrial progression record with a high number of graduates finding work as either actors or performers with touring companies or entering the industry as creative artists or directors in their own right. Other students have successfully gone on to work in community arts practice and teaching.


You will have 24/7 access to The Media Factory housing state-of-the-art industry standard facilities. The Media Factory also houses music, video and photography studios that can be utilised by Theatre students.