Acting HNC/BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

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Limited places are available on some of our courses* with the following tariffs: HNC= 32pts, HND= 40pts, degree= 48pts (*excludes Nursing/Design courses). Contact us to discuss your options:

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The great thing about studying at CU Scarborough is that there are no end-of year exams. You take your exams and coursework throughout the year, which really reduces stress and pressure.

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Course code:

W410 - Degree
W141 - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
1 year - HNC


CU Scarborough


September 2019



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The BA (Hons) Acting degree, in partnership with the world-famous Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, aims to produce proactive professional actors.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT) is a professional producing theatre, was Britain’s first theatre in the round, and has premiered over 80 of the plays of acclaimed playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

In this unique partnership, CU Scarborough students will work with SJT professionals at points throughout the programme - including mentoring, observation of professional rehearsals, and participation onstage in a professionally-directed piece for theatre.

Students completing the course will leave with a full suite of skills, experiences and contacts that will allow them to be fully industry-ready.

Why CU Scarborough

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and most of our courses cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.


Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

Your course in pictures


This course is delivered in partnership with the following bodies.

Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Stephen Joseph Theatre offers a unique, intimate experience in their renowned theatre-in-the-round as well as the more traditional end-on McCarthy theatre and cinema. Home to first-class drama, music, films, comedy and live streaming, the SJT are known for their commitment to new writing, including Alan Ayckbourn’s 80+ world premieres. In this unique partnership, students will work with SJT professionals at points throughout the programme - including mentoring, observation of professional rehearsals, and participation onstage in a professionally-directed piece for theatre.

Course information

The course is dedicated to making acting an accessible and rewarding occupation for all, regardless of background.

Over the three years, you will acquire a secure grounding in the skills needed to replicate human behaviour at a realistic level, insight into research-informed performance versatility, and a familiarity with recorded media.

On graduation, you should have a comprehensive portfolio of experience and knowledge, enabling you to be ‘industry-ready’ at a high level.

Course Specification
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Within the first year, you'll learn in turn to move, speak, plan and then perform. At this stage the course aims to give a practical grounding in physical movement and in the use of an actor’s voice, both drawing upon the work of influential practitioner Rudolf Laban. You will gain a foundational understanding of your personal methods and styles of communication, helping to locate yourself as an expressive human. Students who complete year one are awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Acting.


  • Moving

  • Voice, Speech and Silence

  • Preparing to Act

  • Live Learned Performance


In the second year, the course broadens to include training as a facilitator working in a range of settings, and also expands to include acting for recorded media. Performance project work covers different venues and students will encounter a variety of audiences. At this stage you will develop more sophisticated story-telling skills and will be able to draw on your deepening awareness of communication skills to become more versatile as a performer. The second year will culminate in a performance at the SJT. Students who complete year two are eligible for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Acting.


  • Shapeshifting Acting

  • Acting for Recorded Media

  • The Actor as Facilitator

  • The Actor at Work


In the final year you will explore contemporary contexts of performance, creating work for public presentation and working on a project as a producing theatre company, creating a public performance to test your ability to manage your own learning. You'll create online professional profiles and explore issues related to self-employment. The course will culminate in a London and regional graduation showcase for invited industry professionals. You will be able to synthesise theoretical aspects of acting with practical work, ensuring you can graduate with a command of skills at a professional level while recognising the need to continue developing as an actor throughout your career. Students who complete year three are awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Acting.


  • The Actor-Producer

  • Acting in Emerging Contexts

  • The Professional Stage

  • The Freelance Professional


Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2020. CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
  • In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.
  • Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.

The BA (Hons) Acting degree will offer development of acting skills in parallel with the skills in entrepreneurship required of a self-sufficient professional actor. It aims to produce professionals who have the necessary qualities and skills for employment in the acting industry in its widest sense. Students of the course will be:

  • Able to create effective performances in a range of live and recorded media
  • Confident self-promoters in terms of understanding their own talents and capabilities and communicating these to others both in and outside of audition situations 
  • Flexible in adapting their skills to a range of associated industries e.g. drama facilitation with young people, creating and leading workshops for corporate industry
  • Prepared industry practitioners who have an understanding of how to create, market and produce their own work.  Experienced in the workings of a professional working theatre, with informed knowledge of the producing theatre sector
  • Adept independent business people who understand the many ways they can create and be employed in the acting industry and related fields of work
  • Given the opportunity to develop links with universities in other countries.

The course will be delivered in conjunction with Britain’s prestigious Stephen Joseph Theatre. This collaboration will facilitate high-level networking with industry professionals, and will ensure that the students’ learning and experience is embedded within the context of the real professional theatre industry. The final module of each stage includes a major live performance opportunity. 

This course is available as a full-time three year course. Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work.

We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our online learning platform, Moodle.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication, study skills, research methods, self-promotion, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of our learning model.

Our teaching methods are varied with a number of teaching styles to suit different students, so in addition to lectures, we also teach via online mediums, workshops and group work.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, tutorial tasks and assessments, which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximately):

  • 80% Coursework
  • 10% Presentations
  • 10% Exams

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand your personal methods and styles of communication, and apply them to the process of acting.
  • Effectively market yourself as a professional in a versatile range of contexts including commercial live theatre, recorded media, and educational and community settings. 
  • Understand research-informed performance versatility, and a familiarity with recorded media. 
  • Apply a comprehensive portfolio of experiences and knowledge, enabling you to be industry-ready at a high level.

Full-time students receive 18 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon - 1:30pm-5:30pm

We hold tutorials in small groups every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Contact time with staff is high and group sizes are kept small. We don’t teach in huge lecture theatres filled with hundreds of students.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



September 2019

£7,500 (per year)



September 2019

£7,500 (per year)



September 2019

£11,000 (per year)

Fees & Funding

Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2019/20, each six-week block will comprise one 30-credit module. For student funding purposes, a full-time course is made up of 120 credits’ study in a single academic year i.e. 4 modules/blocks. This makes up one stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree).

Each block will cost £1,875 making the total tuition fee for full-time study £7,500 per year. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library and Learning Services, all your classes and online materials.


Full-time and part-time students resident in the UK or EU can apply to the Student Loans Company for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Scarborough.


For the academic year 2019/20, each six-week block (30 credits) will cost £2,750 making each stage of the course £11,000. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library and Learning Services, all your classes and online materials.

Career prospects

The collaboration with the SJT ensures that employability is embedded from the outset and exposure to creatives and industry professionals will facilitate high-level networking, enhancing professional opportunities and prospects following completion of the degree.

The course provides skills training in the art of acting and the business of acting, in a versatile range of contexts including commercial live theatre, recorded media, and educational and community settings. From a business perspective students will be introduced to business concepts including marketing, budgeting and entrepreneurship, in order to ensure that graduates are able to market themselves as professionals.


The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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