Course Details


The structure of this vocationally unique course is like no other in the UK. Student actors will work from the outset within a professional touring theatre company. You will gain knowledge and experience of not only performance skills, but also experience the development of a fully functioning professional theatre company. This will provide graduating students with the skills, experience and knowledge to be a truly entrepreneurial artist. We produce actors who are fully prepared for the existing and future demands of their profession, and who will have the inner resources to ultimately contribute to the development of their careers.

Essentially working within a theatre company, the course is a modern reparatory apprenticeship. Tutors will strive to be at the cutting edge of current theatrical trends and technical developments and will work closely and in collaboration with related creative artists at the University Campus Barnsley. Theatre is currently embracing multimedia performance, therefore it is crucial that the course stays at the forefront. The course allows you to build in traditional skills that agents or casting directors are looking for. You will also work with other professional theatre companies and may have the opportunity to take your work on tour to Los Angeles U.S.A.

This is a highly practical course designed for students that have real passion for performance and are willing to work at a professional level from the outset. The pace is fast and expectations of what can be achieved are high.

How long is the course?

Two years full-time

What qualification will I achieve?

Foundation degree: Acting for Touring Theatre

What will I study?

Year 1(Level 4)

  • Stagecraft and Approaches to Performance
  • Contemporary Theatre Practice
  • Creative and Devised Experimental Theatre
  • Practitioners and Advanced Acting Styles
  • Theatre Company Realisation

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Theatre Directing
  • Classical Acting Technique and Performance
  • Acting for Screen and Multi Media Performance
  • Professional Practice and Industry Engagement
  • Professional Practice and Performance Realisation

Where will I study?

The course will be based in the Electric Theatre with the support of a team of technical staff that will help you to create exciting and original theatre to take on tour.

What equipment will I need?

You will be encouraged to bring your own electronic device such as a laptop or tablet but this is not essential. You will need practical clothing with the theatre company’s logo on items when on tour. The main thing you need is enthusiasm and a desire to be the best.

How will I be assessed?

All assessments will be based on vocational scenarios and practical projects. You will be assessed as a performer in a variety of circumstances but will also need to collate and record your progress through journals and research projects. There are no end exams on the course.

What can I do next?

At the point of validation of the foundation degree the natural top-up route will be BA (Hons) Performance & Professional Practice at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), and (subject to approval) students passing the FdA at UCB will be automatically offered a place on the top-up route at SHU.

Subject to validation in 2017 there will be a direct progression to a BA (Hons) Acting for Touring Theatre top-up. There are also plans to present a showcase to industry agents and casting directors to help launch graduating students. Students will be encouraged to network and create links with our industry partners. In year 2 there is a module specifically designed to promote industry engagement.

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS:

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year

Student Finance

As a higher education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to:

A Maintenance Loan of up to £6,904 per year will be available to eligible students living with parents or up to £8,200 per year to those living away from home. EU students cannot apply.

Students with children or dependent adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

If you have a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia) you may be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances. For further details go to:

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service works to provide you with the adjustments needed in response to your diagnosis; a range of study strategies will be fully explored with you so that we can offer you a positive experience at UCB whatever your disability or health issue. For more information please see our Disability and Dyslexia information

Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0) 1226 216 165 or email

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