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Drama and Performance

Entry requirements

A level


We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels. Applicants will be invited to a workshop. Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-50.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)


OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma


Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)


Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


112-120 Tariff points.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

T Level


UCAS Tariff


112-120 points.

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course

This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option


Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022




Take the stage and go behind the scenes to discover the process of making theatre on our BA (Hons) Drama and Performance degree course.

You'll study the theory and history of theatre and drama, and explore drama in many forms: performance through plays, production through devising new shows, techniques in voice, movement, criticism and analysis. After your first year, you can tailor the course to your preferences, from choosing modules you’re most interested in, to designing your own path in your final year project.

At Portsmouth, we give you the power to choose how you’ll create a career in drama and performance – whether it be as an actor, designer, technician, teacher, or working in the community. The world is your stage.

**Course highlights**
- Expand your knowledge by learning from our internationally recognised teaching and research staff

- Hone your professional skills by working in industry-leading facilities and with guest practitioners regularly throughout your course

- Enhance your acting, performance and production talents by taking part in workshops, productions, and self-created shows in professional venues outside the University

- Develop future-proof skills for the industry by working with advanced technologies in digital theatre design and production, such as extended reality

- Broaden your abilities by learning about the spectrum of drama: technical theatre, design, production, marketing, teaching, and many other elements

- Nurture skills you can adapt to roles in theatre and other related fields

- 90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

**Careers and opportunities**

The skills and experience you gain on this course will set you up for a career in all areas of the drama and performing arts industry, whether you want to be on stage or backstage.

And because the art of performing is embedded in daily life – from business negotiations to people's behaviour in the workplace to marketing communications – you can also apply the skills you learn in roles in other industries.

Graduate roles and destinations

Previous graduates have secured roles at prestigious theatre companies including the Barbican, Chichester Festival Theatre and Marlowe Theatre and performed at events including the Edinburgh Fringe and Brighton Fringe.

Typical roles graduates go onto after the course include:

- actor

- director

- playwright

- stage/theatre manager

- arts administrator

- producer

- drama teacher (with further training)

- event coordinator

While studying at Portsmouth, graduates have received seed funding to make their own work, taken that work to local venues such as Guildhall Studio and New Theatre Royal, then performed their new productions at Edinburgh.

Ongoing careers support

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience. You can also venture into freelancing, or set up and run your own business with help from the University Startup Team.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.


Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Devised Project
- Making Theatre
- Movement for Performance
- Performance - Criticism and Analysis
- Performance and Society
- Voice and the Actor

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Advanced Scene Study (Drama and Performance)
- Critical Contexts
- Performance Histories
- Political Performance
- Theatre Skills

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Art, Design and Performance Study Exchange
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
- Modern Language (Institution-wide Language Programme)
- Musical Theatre and All That Jazz
- Playwriting and Text for Performance
- Professional Experience
- Puppetry and Object Theatre
- Space, Time and Performance
- Student Enterprise

Placement year (optional)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement between your second and third years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Alternative Theatres
- Applied Theatre for Young Audiences
- Applied Theatre: Workshop Skills
- Forming a Company
- Major Academic Project

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

- practical productions
- dramatic writing
- essays
- video productions
- group presentations
- examinations
- dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 48% by practical exams and 44% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 47% by practical exams and 53% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 37% by practical exams and 63% by coursework

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University of Portsmouth


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