Musical Theatre - BA (Hons) [Top-Up]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Performance and Production Arts

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W393


This course has been designed for those wishing to advance their professional practice in musical theatre. The course caters to those who wish to gain an honours degree having already studied a Foundation Degree (or equivalent) or have extensive experience within the industry. The course is predominately vocational and students receive equal amounts of dance, acting and singing technique which is linked with the current market and industry standards.

The programme also delivers academic studies such as research and dissemination, which will enable students to use their theoretical knowledge of musical theatre and develop their own area of study/practice. You will build your acting/dance and singing skills and understand what repertoire you suit for auditions or other employment routes. You will also be taught a range of audition techniques to help you in your future career paths.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

Musical theatre is a multi-disciplinary art form and within this course you will be given a ‘real world’ experience by becoming a member of The Company. The highly disciplined environment of The Company is designed to promote ‘work-readiness’. As well as being a performer, all Company members will have an off-stage role (to encourage transferable and other employability skills), leading acting, singing or dance rehearsals, becoming a coach to support skills development in acting, singing or dancing, working alongside technical support, contributing to the creativity of a production and working alongside staff and students. You will gain hands-on experience of what it takes to work in any field of musical theatre.

Who the course is for

Foundation degree graduates from Newcastle College or other institutions. Professionals who are seeking to complete their academic study or industry representatives who would like to upskill by gaining recognition of their skills via our RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) route.

The course caters to those who wish to perform, teach, and work in Musical Theatre in any aspect. The course is a unique blend of vocational training and academic study. Students receive equal amounts of dance, acting and singing technique. This is to link with the current market and industry standards.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will be awarded a BA (Hons) Musical Theatre from NCG.

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

Industry Portfolio,
Professional Study,
Research and Dissemination,
Technical Study,
Work Placement

Learning Methods

Modules will enable you to develop your techniques in acting, singing, dancing, presentations, essay writing, communication and research skills. You will participate in practical and academic lectures and seminars to promote your knowledge of the industry. 

Assessment Methods

Assessment is conducted through reports, portfolios, presentations and dissertation.

Progression Opportunities

You could choose to continue your studies by progressing to a Masters degree or other postgraduate qualifications such as a PGCE.

Career Opportunities

The programme is a regionally focused option for the students. The course introduces a diverse range of job opportunities such as auditioning for London MA programmes, performing abroad, gigging, teaching, holiday park work, freelance artists and working as a creative team member.

Entry Requirements

A relevant Foundation Degree or the Level 5 equivalent (HND, Diploma in Higher Education).
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.

Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.

Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.