Theatre BA (Hons) – 2018 entry
Why choose this course
As part of the Guildford School of Acting, you will be inspired by passionate academics and benefit from GSA’s long-established reputation as a world-class theatre school.
The unique opportunity to complete your BA (Hons) degree in a year through online distance learning means that you can pursue your passion for theatre whilst fitting your learning around your home and work life.
Whether you are refocusing your career, want to undertake a Masters degree, or are seeking to further your own personal interest and development, our distance learning Theatre programme will open doors to a variety of exciting careers and further study.
What you will study
Delivered via online distance learning, our Theatre programme will enable you to study towards a degree in just one academic year. This programme is primarily a one-year programme, available for a two-year registration, and is equivalent to Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6) of full-time study.
Teaching and learning materials are provided electronically via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, supported by three weekend seminars held during September, February and April. These include core module presentations and lectures from members of GSA staff, as well as an induction into the Library and seminars on research strategies, academic writing, style and referencing.
Delivered by the renowned Guildford School of Acting (GSA), our Theatre programme offers a range of modules that will integrate your professional experience with theory in a broad set of topics from early Greek musicals to contemporary political theatre. We will guide you to actively engage with relevant concepts, exploring the rich heritage of theatre from a critical, experiential and practical perspective.
You’ll be invited to optional seminars to meet peers and tutors and develop your connections in the fast-paced industry of theatre, adding to your existing network.
Study and assessment comprises core modules and a choice of final project for submission, including essays or a choice of creative assignments working on playwriting, choreography, theatre design or a musical theatre scenario.
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|BA (Hons)||12 months|
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Students undertake this course for a variety of reasons. You may be refocusing your career and require a formal qualification to do so, or you may wish to pursue further study at Masters level and require a BA (Hons) qualification to do so, or you may be seeking to further your own personal interest and development through academic study.
Many past graduates have progressed to further study, either at PGCE, MA or PhD level, or have gone on to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS Assessment Only) and other subject specialist teaching qualifications.
Graduates of this programme can be found worldwide working in leading drama schools, universities, schools, theatres and production companies, as well as performing in the West End and on screen.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
The programme is primarily a one-year distance learning course, available for a two-year registration should the need arise, equivalent to Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6) of full-time study.
Teaching and learning materials are delivered electronically via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, supported by three weekend seminars (held during September, February and April).
The three weekend seminars are solely for students on the Conversion programme and include core module presentations and lectures from members of GSA staff, as well as an induction into the library and seminars on research strategies, academic writing, style and referencing.
In addition to the three weekend seminars, you will have contact with GSA staff through email, seminars, lectures, vodcasts, podcasts and as tutors, as well as full access to the University of Surrey Library’s services.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
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All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.
Study and assessment comprises core modules and a choice of final project for submission, including essays or, if preferred, a choice of creative assignments working on playwriting, choreography, theatre design or a musical theatre scenario.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Student Personal Learning and Study Hub
SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.
The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
Prospective candidates are required to have successfully completed a three-year National Diploma at an accredited drama school or have significant industry experience and equivalent qualifications.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
Offers are made on the basis of the completed application form and audition/interview is not normally required.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
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|BA (Hons)||12 months||£9,250||£17,500||Not applicable|
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
Professional Training placement fees
Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.
A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.
Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.
"My greatest achievements this year were moments where I stepped right out my comfort zone, for example - moving away from home and learning to live independently."
"I would definitely recommend a Professional Training placement. It’s incredible. It totally changed me as a person and it also got me a job offer."