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BA (Hons) Acting (Musical Theatre) Course Overview BA (Hons) Acting (Musical Theatre)  Course Overview

Our intensive and practical course aims to create highly skilled actors who are accomplished singers and dancers. These multifaceted performers will be equipped to work in classic and contemporary Musical Theatre.

The course is underpinned by our experience of providing world-class actor training. It means you will also be equipped to take advantage of film, TV, radio and digital opportunities. Through practical classes, workshops and performances you develop your technical skills in all three core areas of acting, dance and singing and learn how to adapt these advanced techniques for different performance styles and genres. You also develop self-employment, enterprise and interpersonal skills. As part of a specialist performing arts institute, you collaborate with other students on performances and productions, replicating professional environments.

By your final year you are working at a professional level on public performances, collaborating with industry directors, choreographers and musical directors. You also take part in an industry showcase and curate a portfolio that includes showreel, voicereel and digital material.

Accreditated By:

Accredited by Federation of Drama Schools Accredited by CDMT

What You Will


  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

How You Will


  • Technical Skills Classes
    Technical Skills Classes
  • Performances
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Independent study
    Independent study
  • Group work
    Group work
  • Masterclasses

How You Will Be


Your assessment takes place during practical classes and rehearsals, performances and your reflective tasks. Overall, assessment is based on applications of technique in performance situations, either in front of an audience or in workshops.

The coursework element is focussed on your future career, your working environment and critical life skills. In your third year you undertake an optional practical or written research project. Again, career focussed and chosen by you.

Practical/written work ratio

80% practical work / 20% written course work

What Our

Graduates Do

This is a new course and we expect our graduates will be fully equipped to gain sustained work in musical theatre, whether in the West End, touring or international musicals. Some of our graduates may also set up their own independent theatre companies. Our graduates will also have a strong skill set in acting to enable them to pursue acting work in film, TV and radio productions.




UCAS tariff points required from level 3 qualifications

For example:

  • Two A Levels at grade C or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: MPP
  • BTEC Diploma: MM
  • T level: P (D or E)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass including 64 points from Higher Level subjects

You also need 5 GCSEs grade 4/C or above including English and Maths or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): if you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.


IELTS or above

You need to meet our English language requirement - a minimum of IELTS 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). We also accept other English language examination equivalents. You can find out more about English Language requirements here 

You also need academic qualifications at the same level as UK applicants. You can find out more about qualifications from specific countries here

Mature applicants (aged 21+). If you do not hold the academic qualifications but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply.  

Educational qualifications are important but limited in what they can tell us about you.

Your natural ability, your fit with what and how we teach, your growth and your potential are also key factors in our admission process. We can’t evaluate these solely on your educational achievements, so no matter which course you are applying for, we look for the following attributes on your application and at the interview stage.




Knowledge, Ability and Experience

We’d like you to have some performance experience in musical theatre, ideally combined with acting in another genre to ensure that your performance is underpinned by wider acting skills. We’d expect you to have a strong singing voice and a solid grounding in at least two styles of dance related to musical theatre.



We’re keen to hear about how much musical theatre work you are doing outside your school qualifications. Tell us about any extra-curricular performance(s) at your school or college, with a youth theatre or amateur dramatic group or perhaps at a professional level. We understand that distance or cost may have stopped you from gaining formal experience, so we also like to read what you have done to connect to musical theatre (for example: reading or seeing other people perform).


Ability To Work Effectively with Others

While you’re with us (and in your professional work) you’ll work with a range of people – students, teachers and industry professionals, so it’s essential that you can work well with others. We’d like to see that you can take direction and feedback well, listen to others and offer support and constructive feedback.


Broad Interest and Engagement

We look for evidence that you are curious about the world around you and want to engage with all aspects of the course you’re applying for and the wide range of opportunities we offer.



We’d like to know why you’re applying to us and how you think the course you’re applying for will help you to grow and achieve your career aspirations. We’d like to see that you understand your strengths and weaknesses and how we can support you.


A Spirit of Enterprise

We want you to be able to work on your own initiative and see that you’re interested in creating your own opportunities. You may have been involved in creative projects which weren’t part of your regular school/college curriculum, or if you haven’t had the chance to do this, you might have ideas and ambitions which you can tell us about.

  • "When I met LIPA students, I was struck by their commitment to continual improvement to develop their craft. "

    Woody Harrelson
    Actor, writer, director, producer

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Course Changes

For information on possible changes to course information, see our course changes information page.

View the programme specification on the LJMU course catalogue here