Course Comparison

Course BA (Hons) Directing BA (Hons) Acting
Award Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons) Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons)
Duration 3 years 3 years
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement - -
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Humanities and Performing Arts School of Humanities and Performing Arts
Entry requirements

A level: Normal minimum entry requirements at A level to include a minimum of 2 A levels, General Studies accepted. As a standard, all applicants are required to interview before an offer is made.

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: Candidates are interviewed before an offer is made. Grade DMM.
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application. As a standard, all applicants are required to interview before an offer is made.

Access to Higher Education at level 3: Candidates are interviewed before an offer is made. Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferably performing arts, humanities or combined), with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

United States Grade Point Average: 3.00. As a standard, all applicants are required to interview before an offer is made.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points. If overseas and not studying English within IB, must have IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all other elements.
As a standard, all applicants are required to interview before an offer is made.

GCSE: All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at Grade 4 /C or above.

  • All applicants are required to complete an interview/audition. Please see below the details of the audition process.

Entry is strictly by audition:

For your first audition, you'll give a rehearsed performance of two contrasting theatre monologues for a panel of staff.

You need to show evidence of: 

  • a serious, ongoing commitment to an acting career in the professional theatre
  • trainable vocal, physical and imaginative/emotional skills
  • potential that you'll benefit from the study in acting offered at Plymouth
  • an ability to understand, interpret and embody a dramatic text
  • an ability to participate actively in group or ensemble situations
  • a readiness to take risks in creative work, and an open, receptive and enquiring mind
  • enthusiasm and readiness for hard, rigorous work requiring sustained concentration
  • a sense of language and rhythm, and the potential for identification with the thought process of a dramatic text
  • the ability to portray and inhabit an imagined or fictional situation
  • physical, vocal and imaginative/emotional skills with significant theatrical potential.
Further details:
  • No props or scripts to be used at the audition.
  • Audition will be held in The House theatre, or at Theatre Royal Plymouth.
  • Overseas students who aren’t in the country may be offered a skype interview first.
We aim to audition all applicants and all decisions are based on audition, and so we encourage all individuals to apply whatever their qualifications.

International Baccalaureate:

26 points. If overseas and not studying English within IB, must have IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all other elements.
As a standard, all applicants are required to interview before an offer is made.

English language requirements

You will need fluent written and spoken English (equivalent to IELTS level 6.0 with 5.5 in all elements). Given the nature of the course, you’ll be expected to read, perform and engage with complex texts and debates for which fluency in English is essential.

View detailed English language requirements.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

If you're applying through UCAS you'll receive full details, but if you'd like to know more, please contact admissions.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary