Musical Theatre with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Course summary


This innovative and unique BA course is a four-year specialist degree course, with an intensive practical first year at foundation level to consolidate essential performance and audition skills necessary for a comprehensive training to take place in the final three years of study.

Why choose this course?

It is understood that many students have an interest in musical theatre, but are not always secure in the performance skills necessary to communicate an effective sense of character and truth.  The foundation year of the course aims to develop specific individual skills and will concentrate on the actor-singer, and so give a wide variety of opportunities to discover the important elements of the industry.

You may well have a specific skill in one of the three disciplines but are not always aware of the implications of cross fertilisation of disciplines in order to create the effective performer.

As a course taught within a music conservatoire, we are able to offer a unique training in order to support and prepare the important vocal work essential to a long lasting and healthy career in this discipline.

Entry for this course is by audition, but there is an understanding that students accepted on to this four-year course will be able to excel in one of the disciplines sufficiently to persuade the panel that they have the potential to develop as a competent performer.

The object of the first year is to enable you to strengthen your skills effectively, and so be able to manage the demands, emotionally and practically, of the study required in the final three years.

The course will run within the traditional academic year, from 9:00 - 6:00 each day, and will contain:
  • Music - individual vocal tuition, group ensemble, theory of music, acting through song, vocal styles - pop to 'legit'
  • Acting - improvisation, monologue and audition material, character work, acting for the recording industry, text work, spoken voice class and verse speaking

  • Dance - social dance, actor movement, physical theatre, jazz and tap.

This will also include work on fitness training, keeping well, mental preparation, personal preparation for the future, and new writing in musical theatre.

Career and study progression

As a graduate you may have a career in:

  • Acting or Musical Theatre
  • Community Theatre
  • Theatre in Education
  • Applied Theatre and Therapy (following the successful completion of a postgraduate qualification in this area)
  • Teaching (following the successful completion of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education programme)
  • Customer Service industry. 

As a successful graduate, you can go on to study a postgraduate course in a relevant field. The University offers a range of specialist courses at this level. 

More information

Other options available for BA (Hons) Musical Theatre with Foundation Year

  • Full time - September 2018, Ealing site


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee£9,250

Fees for overseas students

Main fee£11,500Find out if you are a home or overseas student.


Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Current scholarships include:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 80 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent) normally in a minimum of two subject areas including Music or a related subject area
  • GCSE English and Maths (grade A*-C) or Level 2 equivalent.

You are welcome to apply even if you don't have any formal qualifications. Your application will be considered on its individual merits taking into account your professional, work and life experiences and also your ability to engage with and benefit from the course. You must also show equivalent competencies in English and Maths.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

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