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Why GSA?

This one year on-line learning conversion programme provides professionally experienced and/or trained graduates from Trinity College London, Conservatoires UK, CDET and Federation of Drama School validated courses the opportunity to gain an academic qualification from a leading Drama school within a top ten university. Students will actively engage with relevant concepts and explore the rich heritage of theatre from a critical, experiential and practical perspective.

Programme overview

This is primarily a one-year course, available for a two-year registration, and is equivalent to Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6) of full-time study. This course is through online distance learning.

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. 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.

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.

Programme structure

2018 entry requirements

Year 1 


In the first year 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.

Core modules include the study of theories of performance, political theatre, actor training and musical theatre.

Compulsory modules:

Disclaimer: Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

What qualifications do you need?

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 qualification.

The course is suitable for Federation of Drama School and CDET 3-year graduates or those holding a Trinity College London Level 5 or higher Professional Diploma as well as experienced industry practitioners and professionals.

Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or international equivalent)

English language requirements

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course options

Qualification BA (Hons)
Course Length 1 year
Professional Training  Y

Graduate prospects

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 apply, 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.

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

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.


Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it. Find out more about bursaries and scholarships.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.


How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.