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Performing Arts — BA (Hons) Top-Up

Music and Performing Arts

Course ID: 172719

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • 1 year, full time course.
  • Build your own personal portfolio to showcase your achievements and skills.
  • This course is validated by The Open University.
  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in Education, Production Management, Producing, Directing, and other creative industries.
  • Study in our inclusive, friendly and respectful learning environment.
  • Access support and guidance from our highly experienced and passionate teaching team.

What to expect from the course

The one-year, full-time BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Top-up) dance or Acting Pathway is suited to students who have studied at Level 5 (e.g. HND or Foundation Degree) and wish to achieve a full degree qualification.
The course offers students a unique opportunity to study in a small group and explores the core elements of theatre and dance. The course allows students to immerse themselves in all aspects of training, exploring cutting edge performances and practitioners and enabling them to find their niche in the creative arts. Building upon their skills and knowledge, students are challenged to create something radically different using their own artistic vision, to become a bold and autonomous practitioner.
This programme produces graduates skilled in a range or specialist areas. Progression may be direct entry into the Performing Arts profession (Actor or Dance performer), working as a freelance artists in a variety of settings (such as Director, Choreographer, Workshop Facilitator) or through further study at postgraduate level, including teacher training at the University Centre.

The BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Top-up) is subject to re-validation by The Open University.

This programme is delivered through in-person teaching and encourages the students to explore their development as a performing Artist.

How will I be taught?
Utilising state of the art studio facilities, including a theatre, rehearsal rooms, HD TV studio and Motion Capture Suite you will be taught by subject specialists in a variety of ways:
Tutor led lectures and seminars
Self-directed and independent learning with tutorial support, particularly for the Final Major Project module.

How will I be assessed?
The programme is assessed through project or performance based practical assessments, the submission of written essays, critical evaluations and logs/blogs, and a final project or the submission of a dissertation. Formative feedback will support student progression in both written work and practical outcomes. Self and/or peer assessment in convener/critique situations.

Who is the course intended for?
The BA (Hons) Top-up programme is suited to students who have studied at HNC/HND level and now wish to complete their studies or to those who have been out of education for some time but have industry experience. The course is designed to unleash your individual inner artist.

Additional Costs
Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.


BA Honours Degree in Performing Arts

Why study with us?

Why study with us?

We have an experienced faculty - all holding their own weight as educators, researchers and creative practitioners. We are proud of our high success rates, interesting methods of delivery and assessment and engaging workshop-style sessions. Our faculty have strong links to the creative industry and connect our students and courses with those links, providing opportunities for performance, development and learning as much as we can.

The delivery and assessment methods are contemporary, industry related and provide work-based scenarios close to that which you may experience in the industry. These fundamentals of industry knowledge and level of preparation provide an excellent foundation to your future as a creative practitioner.

Our engaging and facilitative sessions create autonomous, thinking performers and creatives; we encourage you to think about how you can enjoy the learning experience. What sparks your interest? What aspect of performing makes you most passionate? What aspect of the industry makes you intrigued? By asking you these questions, we can help you answer and present them in the research, work and academic writing that you are assessed on. This approach also allows you to build on your potential to succeed both in the industry and in education.

We have a variety of spaces in The Arts Centre; a theatre, rehearsal studios, music studios, HD television studio and new this year, a Video Motion Capture suite, all of which you have the opportunity to utilise.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

This programme will produce graduates skilled in a range or specialist areas. Progression will be direct entry into the Performing Arts profession (Acting or Dance ), working as a freelance artists in a variety of settings (such as a Director, Choreographer, Workshop Facilitator) or through further study at postgraduate level, including teacher training.

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Entry Requirements

College generic entry requirements apply to all HE programmes. For this particular programme, the following will apply:

• Relevant level 3 qualification, A-level, BTEC or equivalent in an appropriate discipline
• GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent
• Certificate or Extended diploma at Merit standard, or a minimum of two A-levels at grade C or above
• Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject area

We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. Non-standard entry to courses will be at the discretion of the programme leader.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for24/25 is 8400.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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