Qualification: BA (Hons)
Course Length: 1 year

Programme overview

Delivered by online learning, our BA Theatre course will enable you to study towards a degree in just one academic year. This course 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.

Delivered by the renowned Guildford School of Acting, our BA Theatre course offers a range of modules that will integrate your professional experience with theory in a broad set of topics that include contemporary performer training, political theatre, musical theatre, theories of performance, play writing, theatre design, choreography and musical theatre creation.

We will guide you to actively engage with relevant concepts, exploring the rich heritage of theatre from a critical, experiential and practical perspective.

Programme structure

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, performer training and musical theatre.

Compulsory modules:

Module title Status Semester
MUSICAL THEATRE Compulsory Year-long
POLITICAL THEATRE Compulsory Year-long
FINAL PROJECT Compulsory 2


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.

2019 entry requirements


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.

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.

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

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element

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.


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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.


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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.

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.