BA (Hons) Creative Performance

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  • Sandwich Year Option Available
  • International Students Can Apply


UCAS Code:P267
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2019
Department:Department of Performing Arts
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC)
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  • Learn to create and reflect upon contemporary performance practices including physical and visual theatre, creative ensemble work, and the use of multimedia;
  • Work towards professional standards in high quality facilities alongside professional practitioners;
  • Design your programme around a broad spectrum of contemporary performance interests.

If you have an enquiring mind and want to develop your own distinctive voice as a creative and experimental performer, then this innovative Creative Performance degree is for you. Devised for those who wish to push boundaries from the conventional concepts of theatre, the programme captures elements of performance which fall outside the traditional disciplines of acting, dance and song and brings visual, physical and multimedia performance into the limelight. Combining theoretical study with practical creativity to enhance technique, you will have the opportunity to create collaborative ensemble productions in our professional theatre spaces and have access to a range of optional modules including circus arts, aerial performance and technical theatre. You will develop as a reflective and articulate practitioner equipped with skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Ellie Stewart

    BA (Hons) Creative Performance
    I really liked how this degree includes many interesting topics that I hadn’t seen covered at other universities.
  • Olivia Harvey

    BA (Hons) Creative Performance
    Being able to explore these different disciplines is what drew me here and it has been amazing.
  • Crystal Barella

    BA (Hons) Creative Performance
    If I were to design a course containing the things I want to learn then this course would be it – I love it here!
  • Arnold Matapo

    BA (Hons) Creative Performance
    You experience a lot of different types of performance and have the opportunity to learn new skills, which is really important to me.
  • Alice Chilton

    BA (Hons) Creative Performance
    I know that I want to work in the performing arts in some capacity, so being able to try a variety of areas on this course has been amazing.
  • Renaud Verbiest

    BA (Hons) Creative Performance
    You need to be open-minded, to listen to other people’s ideas, but also to engage and participate.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will acquire a foundation knowledge of the varied practices and theories of contemporary multidisciplinary performance. You will develop practical techniques and skills in various areas, including physical theatre, devising, puppets, masks and performance technologies.

In Year 2 you will further develop your knowledge and understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary performance. Compulsory modules examine key practitioners in the evolution of performance studies and the application of practical skills and ideas in full-scale production work. Compulsory modules are complemented with optional opportunities to explore disciplines such as aerial performance, circus arts and site-specific performance.

In Year 3 you will advance your knowledge and understanding of contemporary multidisciplinary performance. Compulsory modules examine current theoretical work in the field of performance studies and the embodiment of practical skills and ideas in a contemporary ensemble production. You will also undertake an independent performance dissertation project. Optional opportunities can enhance your experience in aerial performance, circus arts, or installation and immersive performance.

How will I study?

Through a wide range of formal lectures and seminars, practical workshop classes, production projects, independent ensemble work and personal research, you will acquire critical and creative skills which will be of use in a wide range of future careers. Alongside your study programme, you will maintain personal reflective journals and prepare practice CVs for employment. Throughout your programme you will be supported by dedicated sessions in personal development planning.

Our lecture programme includes workshops, tutorials and seminars, which provide an opportunity to study a range of disciplines and to interrogate ideas in the theory and practice of contemporary performance. Some of our optional modules include opportunities for industry experience.

Through full-scale production modules you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills, and test your knowledge and understanding of live performance in front of audiences in fully-equipped professional theatre spaces.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a mixture of practical and written work, including essays, reflective journals, workshop performances, seminar presentations and full productions. In performance, practical work and theoretical research go hand-in-hand, so you can expect to be tested on both your practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding. You will also be encouraged to reflect critically on your learning in each assessment, and use journals to reflect on your personal development through the three years of study.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

The Creative Performance team works closely together in an acknowledgement of the collaborative nature of performance. Our academics, practitioners and technical staff, together with visiting industry professionals, offer a wide range of expert learning experiences.

A Great Study Environment

BA (Hons) Creative PerformancePerforming Arts students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities. The £7million redeveloped Arts Centre houses the University’s Performing Arts Department in addition to the Rose and Studio Theatres.

The department’s outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully-equipped aerial performance space.

The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement Performing Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.


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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

PAR1101Introducing Performance (20 credits)

Introducing Performance outlines the essential theoretical and practical contexts and debates that underpin the field of performance studies. You will examine the multiple uses and definitions of the term ‘performance’, develop a lexicon of performance studies terms and concepts, reflect on the historical evolution of the study of performance, and assess the value and status of performance today.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PAR1103Introducing Visual Theatres (20 credits)

Introducing Visual Theatres concerns itself with the study of the practice and theory of the animation of objects associated with traditional forms of visual theatre. As well as exploring the skills and techniques associated with the use of objects in contemporary visual performance, the module offers an introductory theoretical examination of, and practical engagement with, objects in performance. The module addresses fundamental questions such as what is visual theatre, how did it originate and develop, and what are its performance potentials.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

PAR1105Devising Performance: Imagining, Improvising, Creating (20 credits)

Devising Performance: Imagining, Improvising, Creating provides a performance laboratory environment in which you can begin to experience the creation of small-scale devised projects. The practical work is informed both by the research into, and study of, a range of strategies and methodologies employed by practitioners creating original work from a variety of sources. You will explore both traditional and innovative approaches to improvisation, devising, composition, rehearsal and presentation of performance.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

PFA1102Physical Theatres: The Body Speaks (20 credits)

Physical Theatres: The Body Speaks provides an overview of the areas of debate concerning the appropriation of the term ‘physical theatre’ and its subsequent definitions. The module will introduce a range of associated physical theatre forms within contemporary practice and place these forms into an historical context. It addresses, at an introductory level, both the practices and the developing theoretical perspectives related to the creation of physical theatre performance.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

PFA1104Introduction to Multimedia Performance (20 credits)

Introduction to Multimedia Performance outlines and examines key terms and concepts in the field of multimedia and intermedial performance, providing a historical context, as well as rudimentary application of aspects of theoretical perspectives via practical workshop activity. The module will consider the foregrounded use of technologies within performance, explore a range of critical commentaries and case histories of the role of technology in live and virtual performance, and analyse the historical role that technology has played and continues to play in the cultural creation and communication of meaning in contemporary multimedia performance.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

PFA1106Performance Skills Workshops 1 (20 credits)

Performance Skills Workshop 1 provides a structure for the practice and study of the techniques of performance. The module entails a series of workshops delivered by specialist staff in a range of skills such as mask performance, clown and physical comedy, balance and equilibristics, acrobatics, contact improvisation, voice and singing, and digital technology in performance. The module will equip you with basic technical ability in the creation of theatrical work and help you to begin to identify the skills that contribute to the creative processes and the making of theatrical performance.

Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

TEC1100Introduction to Technical Theatre (20 credits)

Introduction to Technical Theatre provides you with an overview of the technical equipment used in the areas of theatre lighting and sound. The module will enable you to work practically with equipment in a range of theatre production contexts. You will be introduced to the idea of the role of the theatre technician as a theatre artist supporting performance, while the foundations of safe working practices within the performing arts industry will also be covered.

Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either PFA1106 Performance Skills Workshop 1 or TEC1100 Introduction to Technical Theatre.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

PAR2101Approaches to Performance (20 credits)

Approaches to Performance involves a deeper exploration of the various disciplinary approaches and major theoretical movements that have influenced and informed the evolving practice and study of performance since the 1960s. The module will develop your critical skills through applying distinct theoretical concepts to examples of postmodern and contemporary performance. The module will also break down the simple notion that theory is something to be ‘applied’ to practice, seeing it rather in historical context as continually interconnected and often inseparable from practice. Additionally, you will reflect on how art movements have articulated social concerns and discourses, dwelling on questions of efficacy, responsibility and ethics.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

PAR2104Performance Production (20 credits)

Performance Production focuses on the practical exploration and critical interrogation of the evolution of multidisciplinary performance and the associated design, making and performance skills required to construct it. Projects might explore historical, theoretical and socio-cultural dimensions of multidisciplinary performance from any time in the nineteenth or twentieth centuries, requiring you to critically engage with these themes in relation to your own creative and practical experiences in the context of a performance production.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

PFA2102Physical Theatres: Practitioners (20 credits)

Physical Theatres: Practitioners explores a range of practices associated with the term physical theatre, with particular attention to a number of influential practitioners. The practitioners will be studied through practical workshops exploring some of their methods and discussing the philosophies upon which their methodologies are based. This will enable you to develop and apply your critical ability to the exploration of your own chosen research related to modern practitioners. The module particularly emphasises the integration of theory and practice and the development of practice as research.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

PFA2103Multimedia Performance 2 (20 credits)

Multimedia Performance 2 is an examination and analysis of critical concepts and practical emanations of multimedia and intermedial performance. The module is designed to build a detailed knowledge and understanding of the role technology has played in the cultural creation and communication of meaning in contemporary multimedia and virtual or online performance. Particular focus will be given to the interaction and intersection of presence and absence, as well as live-ness and mediated performance. You will also look at the interaction and intersection between the human and technology in intermedial performance.

Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

You will select two of the following modules:

CIR2103Contemporary Circus (20 credits)

Contemporary Circus provides a broad-based introduction to the diverse contemporary field of circus, allowing you to develop a basic level of circus skills in the context of a thorough historical and social exploration of the significance of contemporary circus. The module focuses in particular on the current state of the field of circus arts and the multiple forms and guises in which circus appears in contemporary culture. This will include developing your awareness of the breadth of potential employment opportunities within the growing field of clowning, in addition to furthering your understanding of the routes and means by which those employment opportunities could be attained.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

CIR2104Aerial Dance: Breaking Ground (20 credits)

Aerial Dance: Breaking Ground introduces you to the core skills (physical, technical and creative) in aerial performance and familiarises you with the evolution of contemporary aerial performance. You will also be taught the correct use of basic aerial equipment and different types of harness and discover their uses in performance. The module has a particular focus on the physical training and skill acquisition necessary to perform bungee-assisted dance, with some time dedicated to learning about the specialised equipment involved. You will also receive a comprehensive outline of the evolution of aerial dance and undertake independent research into contemporary practices in aerial performance.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

CIR2105Aerial Circus Performance (20 credits)

Aerial Circus Performance introduces you to the practical, creative and safe acquisition of aerial skills in the context of contemporary circus. Due to the severe technical demands of aerial circus performance, this module will be heavily weighted towards physical skill development. A training regime will run alongside skills tuition in order to increase personal strength levels to help execute the techniques you will learn. A range of traditional circus equipment will be used to encourage the transference of skills between different but related apparatus. Alongside the development of skills, you will also learn to interpret and analyse aerial circus performance in relation to the history of circus and its evolution in the twentieth century.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

DES2103Scenography (20 credits)

Scenography focuses on the emergence and nature of scenography and its manifestation within contemporary theatre and design. You will analyse and discuss the impact of key practitioners and practices, as well as associated methods and techniques, in theatre design and scenography. Gaining knowledge and understanding of twentieth century practitioners, such as Appia, Svoboda, Neher and Schlemmerr, lays the necessary historical ground for confronting and understanding contemporary theatre scenography. You will also apply a range of intermediate design, construction and making skills in the creation of practical design work.

PFA2101Site-Specific Performance (20 credits)

Site-Specific Performance enables you to engage with the practice and theory of site specific performance. In this context, site specific is used as a generic term relating to work that arises from and responds to its immediate environment and surroundings outside of the traditional theatre context. The various forms and categories of response to site will be addressed and can be expected to include dance, performance, multimedia installation, art installation, and scenography. You will participate in workshops concerning devising for, and performing in, various spaces. The module culminates in practical site-specific work and the submission of a viva providing evidence of the influences and objectives of the performance, as well as the significance of your research.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

TEC2100Developing Technical Theatre Skills (20 credits)

Developing Technical Theatre Skills enhances your skills, knowledge, understanding in the uses and functions of technical equipment in the areas of theatre lighting and sound. The module will enable you to develop your technical skills working practically with equipment in a range of theatre production contexts. The module also seeks to enhance your perception of the role of the theatre technician as a theatre artist supporting performance creatively, as well as furthering your understanding of safe working practices within the performing arts industry.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

PAR3101Researching Performance (20 credits)

Researching Performance cultivates an awareness of theoretical, methodological, and artistic debates that may provide the framework for conducting an independent research project. The module is structured around key methodological questions and concerns that need to be considered when formulating a research project, with particular reference to research into contemporary performance practices, from live art to dance theatre in the late 20th and early 21st century. You will consider what constitutes research, look at how to design a research project and how to write a research paper, and explore current trends in performance research. The module also introduces practice-as-research and practice-based research.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PAR3103Ensemble Production Project (20 credits)

Ensemble Production Project immerses you in producing creative work that investigates and interrogates approaches to theatre and performance making in the contemporary era. You will examine the work of key performance practitioners in the contemporary field of performing arts and make ensemble productions that respond to the aesthetic directions being taken in contemporary performance practice, or which are inspired by a contemporary production ethos.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

PAR3104Dissertation (20 credits)

Dissertation provides the opportunity for you to undertake an independent investigation of an identified area of interest within relevant fields of current practice. You will identify areas of inquiry according to your own interests and strengths, and negotiate the parameters for independent study with your appointed supervisor. You will apply your research to the creation of a dissertation, which may take the form of a performance, creative, applied or written project.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

PFA3102Interdisciplinary Ensembles (20 credits)

Interdisciplinary Ensembles examines interdisciplinary performance practice from the 1960s to the present, with particular focus on ideas and strategies regarding contemporary ensemble practice. The module is designed to be an inspiring examination of the work of some of the key ensembles in the field of contemporary interdisciplinary performance, enabling you to interrogate some of their aims, principles and styles of performance.  You will investigate the aims, principles and styles of performance of these ensembles and apply this insight to form a distinctive, imaginative vision of contemporary ensemble practice.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

You will select two of the following modules:

CIR3103Circus and Silent Movies (20 credits)

Circus and Silent Movies enables you to research specific topics relating to physical comedy and clowning. You will analyse an aspect of physical comedy practice and demonstrate considerable depth of knowledge and understanding of its past and present forms. You will subsequently apply this research and relevant performance methodologies to the devising of a group or individual physical comedy performance. In doing so, the aim is to extend basic clowning skills and encourage you to develop your own imaginative and creative visions within the field of comic performance.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

CIR3104Independent Aerial Projects (20 credits)

Independent Aerial Projects is a module that enables you to develop your personal vision of aerial performance and explore this creatively in the context of contemporary practice. A written proposal/outline for a project will be required, detailing the main aims, creative ideas and type of apparatus that you wish to focus on. You will be guided and assisted through the creative process with technical and artistic support. On completion of the project, you will be invited to discuss and share aspects of your research and explain the critical perspectives adopted.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

DES3102The Independent Designer (20 credits)

The Independent Designer enables you to apply the results of independent research to an extensive design production project. The module will place you in the centre of contemporary theatre design processes and practice as you deliver this large-scale theatre design project to the professional standards of the industry. You will compile, research and develop the performance design, with appropriate support and guidance, and will be responsible for scheduling design meetings with directors and design tutors, as well as arranging production meetings with technical staff. The module will enable you to clearly articulate your visual ideas, produce industry-standard technical and costume drawings, and evaluate the artistry, craft and technique of the theatre designer and the designer’s role in contemporary scenographic practice and the making of contemporary performance.

PFA3103Installation and Immersive Performance (20 credits)

Installation and Immersive Performance explores and interrogates contemporary, innovative and avant-garde practice in areas such as video art, installation art, performance art and immersive performance. The module will develop an advanced knowledge and critical perspective on specific areas of your choice within the subject area and provides you with the opportunity to create live art work manipulating your own creative relationship between ‘body’, visual technologies, critical-scenographies and live performance. The aim is to challenge the conventional definitions and boundaries of current understanding of what constitutes performance.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

PFA3104Drag Kings and Drag Queens (20 credits)

Drag Kings and Drag Queens analyses the relationships between performance, gender, sexualities and identity and studies the ways in which performance might be deployed in the service of specific political and cultural agendas. Through a consideration of the performativity of drag performance, the module will consider a variety of topics which may include, but are not limited to, drag performance, costume, lipsyncing and the use of humour. The module is also underpinned by wider theories and histories of sexuality, performativity, gay and lesbian theatre, trans-identities, drag, HIV/AIDS, and activism. Additionally, you will consider the ways in which performance intersects with other identity-forming discourses such as gender, ethnicity and class.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

PFA3107Contemporary Popular Performance (20 credits)

Contemporary Popular Performance explores and examines the variety of contemporary forms of performance that speak to notions of ‘popular culture’. This might mean, for example, that they specifically address audiences from a broad range of class, gender and racial backgrounds, that they intentionally engage with settings and environments beyond the conventional places of performance, or that they use forms and tackle content that are seen as more democratic, accessible, everyday, oppositional, critical, or political. The aim is to analyse the meaning and significance of ‘popular performance’ in contemporary cultures, examine the history, development and current status of ‘popular performance’, enabling you to understand the ways in which it can speak to, but also challenge, the meaning of the idea of ‘popular entertainment’ today.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

TEC3100Advanced Technical Theatre Skills (20 credits)

Advanced Technical Theatre Skills equips you with the advanced skills, knowledge and understanding required to creatively exploit the theatrical possibilities of technical equipment in the areas of theatre lighting and sound. The module enables you to enhance your practical skills, working independently with equipment in a range of theatre production contexts. It also seeks to enhance your experience of the role of the theatre technician as a theatre artist realising performance creatively and equips you with an advanced understanding of safe working practices in the performing arts industry.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

In addition to the optional module choices listed above, it may be possible to apply to take an alternative 20 credit module in Year 2 and/or an alternative 20 credit module in Year 3 from outside the programme curriculum. Some restrictions on this elective module choice may apply.


Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Performing Arts, Drama or Theatre Studies. Other subjects will be considered if you have demonstrable interest or experience in performing arts.

Relevant experience will be taken into account and all offers are made on the basis of an audition workshop.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

You will be qualified to seek a career in the theatre, research, media, teaching (further training required), community or social work, professional companies, theatre administration, community arts and postgraduate study. Some of our graduates have set up their own independent performance companies in fringe and community arts.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study;
  • Elective Modules – you may be able to apply to substitute one optional module in Year 2 and/or one optional module in Year 3 with alternative elective modules from outside the programme curriculum.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

For information about departmental initiatives to enhance your employability, visit the Department of Performing Arts website at


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum (subject to final Government approval). Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £12,000 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module (subject to final Government approval). 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible full-time UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at

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Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

12th March 2018 - Change of Modules

DES2103 Scenography (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2. CIR2102 Clown (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 2.

DES3102 The Independent Designer (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3. PFA3106 Autobiographical Performance (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 3.

12th April 2017 - Elective Module Choice

You may be able to apply to substitute one 20 credit optional module in Year 2 and/or one 20 credit optional module in Year 3 with alternative elective modules from outside the programme curriculum. Some restrictions on elective module choice may apply.

11th April 2017 - Withdrawal of Modules

DAN2107 Dance Theatre Performance (20 credits), DAN2108 Movement for the Singing Actor (20 credits), DES2101 Visual Dramaturgy (20 credits), DES2104 Costume for Performance (20 credits), DES2105 The Body in Costume (20 credits), DES2107 Introduction to Prosthetic Makeup (20 credits), DRA2105 Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development (20 credits), DRA2107 The Art and Craft of the Playwright (20 credits), DRA2108 The Art of the Actor and Rise of the Director (20 credits), DRA2109 English Renaissance Tragedy: The Theatre of Sweet Violence and Wild Justice (20 credits), DRA2110 The Dramatic Art of Comedy: Making Purposeful Laughter in the Theatre (20 credits), MUS2105 Popular Musicals (20 credits), PFA2104 Light and Projection In Performance (20 credits), PFA2105 Nineteenth Century Popular Performance (20 credits), PFA2106 Performance Skills Workshops 2 (20 credits) and PFA2107 Multimedia Shakespeare (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 2.

CIR3102 Applied Circus (20 credits), DAN3104 Jazz Dance (20 credits), DES3101 The Scenographic Space (20 credits), DES3103 Scenographic Costumes (20 credits), DES3104 Advanced Prosthetic Makeup and Special Effects (20 credits), DES3105 Practice as Research in Costume (20 credits), DRA3103 Acting and Directing Reconsidered (20 credits), DRA3104 Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics (20 credits), DRA3105 Theatre of War: Ideological Conflict and Political Commitment in Drama (20 credits), DRA3106 Postcolonial Theatres (20 credits), DRA3107 On The Road: Enabling Better Worlds (20 credits), DRA3108 Event Planning and Management (20 credits), MUS3103 American Musicals (20 credits), PAR3106 Arts and Enterprise (20 credits) and PFA3108 Dancing Anarchy (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.