BA (Hons) Performing Arts (with Foundation Year)

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 4 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 48-72
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
*Subject to validation
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Course Highlights


regular public performances of dramas and devised theatre productions


applied drama productions for real clients


for working in the performance industry and develop networking skills

Why choose this course?

Our Performing Arts degree equips you with core skills for a life in performance - be it on stage, in applied theatre, working within the community, television and radio, choreography and dance or drama teaching. It will open up career options much further beyond as well.

You will:

  • be introduced to a diverse range of themes and activities from the disciplines of History, English Literature, Creative Writing, Theatre and Media during the foundation year
  • develop public speaking skills and managerial and organisational skills
  • take part in our annual real-time training exercise
  • develop your skills in reading for the stage, text in performance, directing and advanced performance process
  • be supported to nurture the creative aspirations and realise your potential as an employable practitioner in the Creative Industries
  • study content across all levels that will also provide graduates with an up to date CV with references, contacts within the industry, an action plan for their own career path, and material for a show reel and voice reel.
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Take part in our annual real-time training exercise

A high-profile Crime Scene Day learning simulation is held each year, with students from a range of courses acting out, witnessing, investigating and reporting on a high-profile crime on campus

Key course features

  • Regular links with professional theatre organisations including Clwyd Theatr Cymru, National Theatre of Wales, BBC Wales and S4C as well as workshops and masterclasses delivered by companies such as Volcano Theatre Company, Fran Wen Theatre, Arad Goch Theatre company, Welsh National Opera and the National Dance Company of Wales.
  • Unique experiences in devising applied drama productions for clients such as Wrexham Youth Services, local schools (both primary and secondary), community groups and public sector organisations such as the NHS and North Wales Fire Service.
  • Regular public performances of both text based dramas and devised theatre productions.
  • You will learn vocal, movement and physical theatre skills with the opportunity to choreograph for departmental productions and your own work, as well as learning directing for theatre skills, giving you an opportunity to channel your own creativity through leading others.
  • Prepare for working in the performance industry by building your CV and profile, meeting agents and developing effective networking skills. Media-based projects will improve your employability prospects by increasing your skills and helping you to meet the broad range of demands in the Creative Industries.
  • You will be taught by a dedicated teaching team with professional backgrounds in theatre, television and performance.

What you will study


The Foundation Year in Humanities will introduce students to a diverse range of themes and activities from the disciplines of History, English Literature, Creative Writing, Theatre and Media.


  • Introduction to Humanities (Part 1)
  • Introduction to Humanities (Part 2)
  • Media Culture
  • Personal Project
  • The skills you need
  • Contextual Studies 


Level 4 will focus on skills such as acting for the stage, acting for screen, community drama, movement and choreography as well as introducing you to performance in theory and the skill set of professional practice.


  • Introduction to Drama
  • Movement Studies
  • Drama in the Community
  • TV Performance
  • Acting Practice
  • Personal Development Planning


Level 5 modules will focus on skills such as enhancing your television performance skills as well as an introduction to radio performance, applied theatre, physical theatre, directing for theatre, clowning and live performances. 


  • Applied Theatre
  • Physical Theatre
  • Television Performance and Production
  • Radio Performance and Production
  • Contemporary Theatre in Practice


Level 6 will focus on showcasing your performance work, launching your professional practice, and a practice as research project.


  • Professional Practices and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Live Performance
  • Practice as Research


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

Typical UCAS Offer: 48-72 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent. Appropriate AS-level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account. You will also be asked to attend an informal audition and interview in order meet the tutors and for you to be shown around the studio space.

Teaching & Assessment

All assessments on the Performing Arts degree are through 100% coursework. Students are given a diverse collection of written and practical tasks such as essays, oral presentations, portfolios, reflective journals, blogs, structured interviews and vivas, director’s concepts, practical showcases in various aspects of performance and the media as well as full productions to live audiences.

You will learn through practical assignments, live performances and small scale projects for the community such as theatre for young people and applied theatre productions.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching methods include workshop-based modules, lectures by practitioners, student-led seminars and guided research. Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject specific and key skills. Independent learning is promoted through the feedback given to students, which takes several forms including small group and one-to-one discussions.

All students are allocated a personal tutor and are offered regular tutorials as and when the tutor is available. As staff we allocate three hours a week for office hours where students can make an appointment to see us about their assignments and for academic tutorials.

The programme will also offer 33% of the curriculum through the Welsh language, these credits will enable any Welsh language applicants to try for an incentive scholarship through the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.



Career prospects

Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Once you successfully complete the BA (Hons) degree programme, your practical skills in Theatre, Television and Performance will qualify you to work in a variety of roles within this industry.

This course will also prepare you for employment in education as we provide a strong academic backbone to the studies. You’ll be advised and helped with creative industry employment opportunities, building your CV profile, headshots and entrepreneurial skills.

Our graduates have a good record of employment, and have gone on to work in a range of industry related roles. Potential careers for our graduates include:

  • Performer for stage and screen
  • Script writer
  • Devisor
  • Director
  • Stage manager
  • Teacher
  • Choreographer
  • Workshop facilitator
  • Work in applied theatre
  • Setting up own companies
  • Voice over artist
  • Presenting for radio
  • Presenting for television
  • Study further for post-graduate degree

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding pages. 


Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.



If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

Subject to validation

Courses shown as “subject to validation” are new courses which are in development and the details of these courses are in the process of being finalised through the approval cycle, known as the ‘validation’ process. As soon as the programmes are validated the details of the course will be confirmed. The majority of new courses that are still ‘subject to validation’ are approved by the validation process; however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead as planned, or be significantly amended, you will be informed by the university and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Wrexham Glyndwr University or at another provider.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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