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Drama, Theatre and Acting

BA (Hons)

This course is subject to validation

Key facts

Start dates

September 2022



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years

UCAS Tariff Points



Explore the most provocative issues we face today - and prepare for a career in creative arts.

This course will get you ready for your career. You'll develop hands-on skills in theatre production and performance - learning in a working theatre environment. You'll build sought after transferable skills - like communication and collaboration.  And you'll build convincing work experience, with a semester-long placement in the creative arts industry.

You'll also examine dramatic theory - through the lens of political and social issues. You'll explore issues like:

  • LGBT rights 
  • race 
  • mental health
  • social unrest and more. 

You'll emerge with valuable insight into the theatre arts industry, along with the practical skills and confidence to start your career.



How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

For more information about how we are supporting applicants impacted by Covid-19, please see our information for applicants page.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

You’ll learn through a blend of acting, directing, performance, discussion, reading and writing. You’ll learn in a working theatre, developing performance and production skills that are directly relevant to a career in theatre arts. 

You’ll also examine theatrical movements and conventions - considering elements like:

  • dramatic form
  • practical staging
  • key historical events
  • political issues

In your first year, you’ll explore acting and performance, including physical theatre. You’ll study dramatic works and theatre practitioners. And you’ll be able to learn about technical theatre as well. 

In your second year, you’ll start shaping your degree around your interests. You might explore directing or devising, or build specialist technical theatre skills. You’ll explore modern British theatre, as well as Renaissance tragedies and comedies. And you’ll take up a work placement in the creative industries or related sectors. 

In your final year, you’ll specialise. You’ll carry out an advanced performance project. And you’ll be able to research an area of theatre you’re passionate about.


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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Acting and Performance

Texts and Performance

Approaches to Performance

Optional modules

Physical Theatre

Technical Theatre

Introduction to Creative Writing

Year 2

Compulsory modules

British Theatre 1950 to the Present

Professional Skills Work Placement

Renaissance Tragedy and Comedy

Optional modules

Technical Theatre Project

Perspectives in Directing

Modern British Theatre in Performance

Devising Theatre

Intermediate Creative Writing

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Advanced Performance Project

Optional modules

Drama Dissertation

Research Topics I

Research Topics II

Advanced Creative Writing

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Your learning will take place in the classroom, our on-campus Drama Studio and in a working theatre. Some of your on-stage and technical modules will take place at The Old Fire Station, an arts centre in the heart of Oxford. In this environment, you’ll get to grips with the workings of a real theatre - developing crucial knowledge and experience. 

The Old Fire Station works in partnership with Crisis, together aiming to end homelessness in Oxford. And you’ll have opportunities to get involved with the theatre’s work.

Back on campus, you’ll explore dramatic works and theory in a seminar environment. Classes are small and supportive - and you’ll get to know your course mates and tutors well.



Assessment methods used on this course

You’ll be assessed through a mix of written and practical assignments - including 

  • essays
  • performance projects
  • technical skills work
  • presentations

Your assessments will help you build the strong communication and collaboration skills that employers expect. Your coursework will also strengthen your critical thinking skills - helping you to thoughtfully stage scripts and confidently create original shows.


Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

This course will prepare you for a career in theatre either on or off-stage. You’ll graduate with confident performance skills. You'll have strong capabilities in theatre production - like operating light and sound, and working in different performance spaces. You’ll have an understanding of arts administration. And you’ll have experience working alongside professional theatre technicians.

You’ll also develop highly transferable skills that are sought by employers. You'll be an expert communicator, strong collaborator and you'll be able to solve problems. This means you’ll be well-prepared to step into persuasive industries - like PR, marketing and digital media. 

And your compulsory work placement will build up your CV. You’ll graduate with relevant creative arts experience - in competitive fields like publishing, media, heritage and arts education.


Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.