(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Acting and Physical Theatre
University of Essex
University of Essex
East 15 Acting School
Dance, Drama and Performance
Applicants will need to submit a video audition and, if successful, complete a recall audition/workshop. Applicants should also have, or expect to have:
A-levels: CDD, or the equivalent in UCAS tariff points, to include 2 full A Levels
T-levels: Pass with C in core
IB: 25 points or three Higher Level certificates with 433.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programme Courses (formerly certificates) at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for.
We can also consider combinations with BTECs or other qualifications in the Career-related programme – the acceptability of BTECs and other qualifications depends on the subject studied, advice on acceptability can be provided. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code
If you do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then we will assess your English language proficiency/ability at your interview or audition.
If your first language is not English and you are an international student that requires a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then you will need IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.
Please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English course that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
Rules of assessment
Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.
External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment.
External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course.
They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards.
External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.
To equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a professional career performing and/or making physical theatre, i.e. theatre that is not primarily text-based.
To enable students to acquire a broad-based understanding of performance arts such as theatre, dance and circus.
To enable students to acquire skills across a range of fields and to equip them to use different performance vocabularies appropriately and creatively in their own work.
To enable students to discern and develop individual specialist skills to a professional standard.
To encourage students to adopt an investigative approach and to develop autonomous research and study skills to assist their continuing professional development.
To prepare students for professional work by embedding their learning in a knowledge and understanding of existing professional practice.
To develop students' ability to make effective contributions to team and group-based activity.
Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods
On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:
A: Knowledge and understanding
A1: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of character and situation in physical theatre performance
A2: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of narrative processes in a range of performance forms
A3: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories and principles of a range of physical theatre forms
A4: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of conceptual, historical or material contexts of physical theatre
A5: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology of voice and movement
A1-A5 Studio-based practical classes, workshops, one-to-one tutorials, collaborative and group practical projects, staff/student discussions of practice, written and oral feedback on assignments and project work, lectures and seminars.
A1-A5 Continuous assessment of class work.
A1-A4 rehearsals and performances, presentations, written assignments.
B: Intellectual and cognitive skills
B1: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology of voice and movement
B2: Students will be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
B3: Students will be able to apply objective critical analysis to own and others performance
B4: Students will be able to create performances using a range of physical theatre techniques
B5: Students will be able to use appropriate critical vocabulary or subject specific terminology
B6: Students will be able to apply appropriate research to performance preparation or written work
B1-B4 Studio-based practical classes, workshops, one-to-one tutorials, rehearsal, performance, masterclasses, lectures and seminars.
B1 to B6 Continuous assessment of class work, rehearsals and performance.
B2 to B3 and B5 to B6 written assignments and presentations
C: Practical skills
C1: Students will be able to demonstrate ability to select and use specific skills appropriate for physical performance
C2: Students will be able to demonstrate ability to apply a range of practical skills to performance
C3: Students will be able to demonstrate ability to work effectively individually and as a member of an ensemble
C4: Students will be able to demonstrate ability to communicate relevant information effectively in oral, written or visual form
C5: Students will able to demonstrate ability to identify and select appropriate safe working practices
B1 to B4 Studio-based practical classes, B1 to B4 Studio-based practical classes, workshops, one-to-one tutorials, rehearsal, performance, masterclasses, lectures and seminars.
D: Key skills
D1: Students will be able to communicate complex ideas or arguments confidently and effectively in oral, written or visual form.
D2: Ability to apply relevant IT resources to research, present or communicate original work
D4: Students will able to demonstrate ability to identify and select appropriate safe working practices
D5: Students will be able to demonstrate ability to work effectively individually and as a member of an ensemble
D6: Students will be able to apply objective critical analysis to own and others performance
D1 to D6 Group and collaborative practical projects, workshops and tutorials, staff/student feedback discussions, written assignments, portfolios, street theatre project, final production.
D1, D4 to D6 Continuous assessment of contributions in class, project and production work.
D1 to D4, D6 Essays and written assignments D1 to D6 Final production and associated written portfolio.