Theatre BA (Hons) - 2018/9

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BA (Hons) Theatre

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Theatre

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Distance Learning URC13006 120 credits and 60 ECTS credits

JACs code


QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Dance, Drama and Performance

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Guildford School of Acting

Programme Leader


Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • GSA recognises that a professional training is both rigorous and demanding and this programme seeks to enable its students to build on their experiential understanding of theatre and drama, adding to it a level of critical awareness and analytical ability which will enrich their practice and extend their potential, both as interpreters and creators. Drawing on the spirit and ethos of GSA's full-time training, which is committed to the relevant integration of practice and research, students are provided with the opportunity to make use of and enhance their appreciation of work they have undertaken in training and/or practice as well as providing stimuli to provoke thought, understanding and ability in other areas of theatrical endeavour.
  • To build on its students' practice-based training and/or professional experience
  • To enable geographically diverse cohorts of students to build on their professional training, with minimal disruption to their ability to sustain family and/or career responsibilities
  • To enable trained and experienced theatre practitioners to expand their qualification-base by providing a workable and relevant route to graduate status
  • To enhance the rigour and extensive skill-base of that professional training by enabling students to acquire a similarly rigorous critical understanding
  • To produce students who are in a position to contribute more creatively and intelligently to their chosen field as a result of a developed contextual, analytical and critical awareness and an ability to apply that awareness to a variety of texts or situations
  • To produce students who are able to comply with professional standards of presentation relevant to their selected area of work
  • To provide a significant contribution to GSA's strategy for life-long learning
  • To enable students to widen their career prospects beyond the field of entertainment by enabling post graduate education and employment opportunities

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Knowledge and understanding of key developments in modern theatre K
Knowledge and understanding of a range of theatrical texts K
Knowledge and understanding of theories of acting and styles of performance K
Knowledge and understanding of a range of theatrical conventions K
Knowledge of historical and contemporary contexts of production and reception of performance K
Knowledge and understanding of key practitioners, practices and theories K
Knowledge and understanding of the processes by which performance is created, realised and managed, such as actor training techniques and production arts K
A knowledge and understanding of the impact of past traditions upon contemporary practices K
Informed, critical ability to identify the practical demands of dramatic text C
Ability to interpret dramatic text securely C
Place text within its theatrical historical context C
Adopt appropriate strategies for the investigation of context and meaning C
Order and interrogate analysis of dramatic text C
Develop awareness of own learning needs and preferences C
Apply a range of critical methods to theatrical representation and express the results cogently, both in writing and presentation C
Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of appropriate performance vocabularies, techniques, structures and working methods C
Identify and engage in appropriate independent research demonstrating an understanding and awareness of relevant interdisciplinary elements and a variety of creative and cultural contexts C
Work co-operatively, balancing the need to listen constructively with the ability to take appropriate initiative T
Hear, understand and act on criticism T
Communicate clearly in writing T
Apply high levels of personal discipline and time-management T
Retrieve and process information T
Maintain high levels of commitment and focus T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Distance Learning

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over one year, consisting of 120 credits at FHEQ level 6. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
Parts of this programme may be studied outside of the standard University structure and may be subject to professional body requirements.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.