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Foundation Degree

Study Acting with University Centre Leeds

Learn the skills to become a professional working actor in the contemporary industry. Take advantage of our exciting industry links and fantastic theatre and stage facilities to refine your practice of acting.

Blending industry insight from practitioners and specialist skills such as voice work, script writing, and stage combat, you’ll be perfectly positioned to break into the vibrant and creative industry.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Venue: Quarry Hill Campus and Prime Studios
  • Fee: £9,250 full-time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): W410
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: Luminate Education Group
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As you progress through our Acting Foundation Degree programme, you’ll train to a high level of technical ability. You will study multiple aspects of acting including Shakespearean theatre, naturalism, postmodernism, circus, and clowning. You’ll also explore contemporary acting such as virtual reality (VR), computer generated imagery (CGI), television and radio speaking.

Alongside improving your core disciplines of voice, movement, and acting, you’ll improve your creative and transferable skills, becoming an independent thinker and motivated and reflective artist. You’ll become physically and vocally flexible, ready to emerge into the industry.

Our programme is based in the heart of the Cultural Quarter in Leeds, so you’ll be surrounded by local practitioners at organisations such as Leeds Playhouse, Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance, Red Ladder, BBC, and Munro House Arts Centre.


This course is subject to revalidation by Luminate Education Group


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 by clicking on the below button:

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

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

Course Information

You will study a variety of acting styles that will help you progress a career in the professional industry. Our previous modules have included:

Year 1 (Level 4):

  • Actor’s Toolbox 1 (20 credits)
  • Actor’s Toolbox 2 (20 credits)
  • What is Acting? (20 credits)
  • Identity (20 credits)
  • The History of Theatre (A Practical Exploration) (20 credits)
  • Actor Development (20 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Actor’s Toolbox 3 (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Acting (20 credits)
  • Performance (40 credits)
  • Professional Engagement (20 credits)
  • Theatre for Contemporary Audiences (20 credits)

You will be assessed in a variety of modes. This will vary depending on the style of module, The majority of assessments will be practical performances.

Alongside these you will be expected to undertake written work in the form of blogs, workbooks, essays and presentations.


UCAS Tariff Points: 48 UCAS tariff points from two A-levels (or equivalent qualifications), one of which must be in a relevant subject

A Levels: 2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject

BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects

Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade in a relevant subject

T Levels: Acceptable in a relevant subject

GCSE English: English Language grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

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: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be 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)

Interviews / Audition: A successful audition and interview is required.

Job opportunities may include:

  • Professional actor
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Public speaker and facilitator
  • Presenter
  • Freelance artist
  • Teacher (further qualifications required)

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

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

For the latest version of the University Centre Leeds Regulations please click here.



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