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BA (Hons) (Top-up)

Study Acting at University Centre Leeds

This is an exciting and dynamic 1 year course in professional acting training. Classes and performances are delivered and directed by industry practitioners and our local creative partners. It is an intense, full-time acting course for those wanting to become working actors in a range of disciplines and enhance their skills by producing their own work.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Venue: Quarry Hill Campus and Prime Studios
  • Fee: £9,250 full-time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): W411
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: The Open University
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The BA (Hons) Acting (Top-up) course has been created to provide you with the knowledge and skills to work within the acting industry or progress to further study on an MA programme.

The Top-Up will deliver technical training in acting techniques and processes to advance your skill set. You will hone your chosen specialism, such as singing, puppetry, stage combat and scriptwriting, and will continuously develop these skills in line with your aspirational career trajectory.

Additionally, you will work towards professional briefs to develop your technical and transferable skills, consider your own identity as a performer and prepare for professional work within the acting industry.

Throughout the programme, you will apply your knowledge and skills to real-world concepts, while drawing on relevant theories and concepts. There will also be opportunities for you to critically reflect on your practical and workplace experiences in a creative context.

This course emphasises independent learning and the development of critical thinking skills. In turn, you will become increasingly knowledgeable and reflective on your academic development and current practices in the acting industry.

This course is validated by The Open University 

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How To Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

Then you can make a direct application via the following link:

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email admissions@ucleeds.ac.uk

Course Information

Our modules focus on skills development and may include:

  • Actor Specialism (20 credits) – Hone your chosen specialism in one discipline such as singing, puppetry, stage combat and scriptwriting, This Module completes in establishing your professional Spotlight page

  • Dissertation/Professional Performance (40 credits) – Take your performance skills to a professional level by working with Industry Directors on 4 projects all performed to public audiences throughout the year. The dissertation is mostly practical with a logbook reflection as the academic component.

  • Community Practice (20 credits) – Develop your skills in writing, delivering, and evaluating performance based workshop for a target group of your choice.
  • The Radical Actor (20 credits) – Bolster your appreciation of the power of live and recorded art to incite social change

  • Personal Project (20 credits) – Develop potential project ideas you can further develop after graduation

  • Tailor your practice to enable your skill development and career trajectory for your chosen specialism
  • Receive extensive support for your health and wellbeing, including mental health self care techniques for self-employment and industry critique
  • Develop dynamic relationships with local and national industry agencies, giving you a head start in your first year of work
  • Build essential workplace skills
  • Engage with local practitioners and companies to develop networking strategies and professional relations
  • Get personal introductions to industry professionals and potential future employers
  • Enjoy a full-time practical timetable that allows you to be ‘fit for work’ and ready for the pressures of working in the industry
  • Build close relationships with other students across our HE Creative Arts provisions, enabling future collaborative projects
  • Take advantage of work experience opportunities in TV/film, radio, animation and theatre
  • Emerge as a bespoke performer with a strong sense of self and own identity, with confidence in your performance skills and creativity

Assessments will be carried out through:

  • Practical performed assessments
  • Workshop learning
  • Student and tutor-led sessions
  • Personal and professional action planning, with a focus on tutor and peer-led reflective feedback

Mabgate Campus – featuring large rehearsal and workshop spaces, photography studios, Mac suites, make-up studios, a TV studio and studio spaces


Foundation Degree: Pass on the second year of a foundation degree in a relevant subject.

HND: Pass grade in a relevant subject.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants:We welcome applications from candidates who may not precisely match the academic criteria, but can demonstrate experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category will be auditioned to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

RPL Claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

Interview / Audition: All external applicants are required to audition and meet the Audition Criteria to ensure the student has the requisite practical skills for the programme.

  • Further study such as a Masters degree or PGCE
  • Professional Actor
  • Practitioner

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

Acting-OU-BA-Coursehandbook-22-23For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of The Open University regulations please click here.

  • Materials for specific projects
  • Trips or excursions including work experience opportunities
  • DBS checks for working with children and or vulnerable adults
  • Kits required as part of the course

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