Musical Theatre BA (Hons) - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Musical Theatre
DipHE Musical Theatre
CertHE Musical Theatre

Professional recognition

Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT)
Accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET).

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time URC13002 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits

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

  • Train and develop actors with an appreciation and understanding of creative, aesthetic and communication high order performance skills in a broad range of artistic situations.
  • Provide a theoretical understanding and critical awareness of key theatrical, cultural and social contexts
  • Develop intellectual and practical skills to reinforce and articulate self-reflection and critical awareness
  • Develop critical and independent practitioners imbued with a sense of learning as a lifetime pursuit via a commitment to professional and personal development
  • Provide an integrated approach within an academic and vocational creative training environment in pursuit of developing and sustaining a career within the performance and entertainment industries
  • Introduce and develop the relevant skills and techniques required of the contemporary musical theatre performer within a variety of performance contexts and environments
  • Explore and investigate a variety of key contextual, cultural and performance related issues and practitioners and frame them appropriately within their cultural, social, political and theoretical contexts
  • Acquire and develop the vocal and physical techniques, skills and universal vocabularies inherent within the profession
  • Develop collaborative and independent practitioners through research, critical engagement and reflective analysis
  • Introduce and develop the cognitive and practical skills to enable students to interface with the profession on an artistic, creative and commercial level

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Demonstrate integrated skills in acting, singing and dancing to a professional level. K DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Examine current and historical practitioners their theories and practices. K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Understand and evaluate the history of your profession K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Develop a sophisticated tool kit of performance techniques. K Ord, BA (Hons)
Critically analyse, reflect upon and evaluate yours and other¿s work. C DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Examine research theory and its application C DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Evaluate the relationship between the performer, the narrative, the rehearsal, and performance context. C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Develop a performance, imagination and understanding of style and genre. C DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context. T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Develop a professional profile through selection, preparation and performance material. T Ord, BA (Hons)
Communicate effectively in a physical, verbal or written forum T DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Demonstrate effective collaborative skills within a creative process. T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Develop and demonstrate the effective application of learned practices. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative approaches to work in performance. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Demonstrate a continually developing approach to skills acquisition P DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Establish an understanding of the performing arts profession and the individuals¿ role within it. P DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits and are either semester based or year-long. GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4

Module Selection for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4


Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5

Module Selection for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5


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
Study exchange (Level 5) 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 2023/4 academic year.