BA (Hons) Acting

BA Hons Acting: ALRA alumnae (acting BA) performing on stage in a production for the Three Year Professional Acting Degree

Course Leader Aly Spiro
Course Location Wandsworth, London / Wigan, Greater Manchester
Study Level Undergraduate
Study Mode Full Time
Course Length 3 Years
Application £45
Awarding Body St Mary’s University, London
Validated from 2017 to 2022
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The BA (Hons) Acting programme of study is suitable for those determined to become professional actors working in today’s Theatre, Screen and Audio industries. Combining practical actor training with theoretical study and research methodologies, this vocational course aims to equip you to operate effectively in a highly competitive artistic industry.

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In Year 3 you attend a mock audition panel with leading agents and casting directors, work with an influential casting director on your Showcase and have industry lectures, from keeping accounts to finding an agent, and you will also receive casting information.

  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Dates
  • Admissions and Assessment

Module Map

You can find details of all our professional acting courses in our prospectus – available for download here.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits and you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue which is available to students once they are enrolled and in module guides which are also available to current students both digitally and in print.

All modules are compulsory and worth 20 credits with the exception of the final year thesis element. This is entirely practical and includes a digital reflective component which combined are worth 40 credits.

Level 4

(this level must be passed to access level 5 but the marks are not weighted toward the overall degree grading)

Rehearsal 1 & Rehearsal 2

These modules introduce students to the process of rehearsal encouraging the development of basic characterisation skills and developing working relationships with directors and the ensemble.

Acting 1

This module looks at various approaches to the acting process on screen and stage establishing skills in mask, improvisation and play.

Actor Voice 1

The process of freeing the natural voice and engaging the mind and body into fundamental actor voice skills is considered through experiential skills classes.

Actor Movement 1

The process of relaxing and energizing the actor’s physical being is explored through the study of the animal and other related movement systems.

Contextual Studies 1

Fundamental skills in analysis, reflection and knowledge of the acting industry are explored throughout this module.

Level 5

(This contributes to 30% of the degree module unless the overall average of level 6 is considerably higher).

Rehearsal 1 & Rehearsal 2

These modules extend students ability to apply rehearsal skills to complex texts encouraging the development of detailed characterisation skills.

Acting 2

This module looks at various approaches to the acting process on screen and stage establishing advanced skills in audition with a focus on actor wellbeing.

Actor Voice 2

The process of exploring the fundamental skill of vocal production in connection to complex text is developed throughout this module.

Actor Movement 2

Detailed physical characterisation is explored encouraging an autonomous physical process that is linked to the preparation for vocal delivery.

Contextual Studies 2

The business of acting is developed as a complex synthesis of the artistic and commercial practices of the industry. Establishing a clear practice in both areas is encouraged throughout the module.

Level 6

Performance 1: Live

Performances in three public productions will be undertaken in different genres of theatrical style.

Performance 2: Recorded

A detailed scene for camera directed by a professional film maker will be rehearsed and recorded.

Performance 3: Professional Practice 1

A public performance of industry facing showcases, audition panels and industry professional related seminars will be explored.

Performance 4: professional Practice 2

The use of self-tape will be explored and practiced, voice reels will be created and advanced seminars in the business of acting will be undertaken.

Contextual Studies 3

This involves the development of a personal research project focusing on a play, radio play or film script. An accompanying reflective vlog, blog or podcast will be used to support the creation of this piece.

Teaching and Learning


You are taught through a combination of rehearsal, experiential workshop and lectures/seminars enabling you to discuss and develop your understanding of acting in groups of around 14-17 students. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard facilities and access a world class training curriculum throughout your course.

At level 4 and 5 you have around 34 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • 11 hours of rehearsal
  • 21 hours of experiential lessons
  • 30 mins of tutorials

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be learning lines, researching character or reflecting on the different modules learning content through Blogging or Vlogging.

Your independent learning is supported by access to printed texts, DramaOnline, Digital Theatre Plus and the Royal Court’s writing catalogue ALRA also subscribes to the Theatre, Dance and Performance journal.

There are regularly organised trips to nationally celebrated libraries.

At level 6 you engage in 5 day rehearsal processes for live performance and shorter days of calls for film recording. This will require self-discipline and organisation as you build your professional ethos ready for entry to the professional world.

Overall Workload

Level 4:
  • 90 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 1000 hours
  • Independent learning: 200 hours
Level 5:
  • 90 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 1000 hours
  • Independent learning: 200 hours
Level 6:
  • 65 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 600 hours
  • Independent learning: 600 hours

Selection is made by audition. Find out more here

In addition you must be:

      • 18 years old at the start of the course, although we positively welcome older students
      • Have 96 UCAS tariff points (NB – exceptional ability and/or considerable life/work experience can be taken into consideration. If you do not hold 96 points we will expect you to take an intensive preliminary course and follow the Non-Academic Admissions route)
      • If English is not your first language you must be fluent in English (You may be asked for proof of this We need a level 6.5 in the IELTS (International English Language Test System).

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Funding Information for the BA (Hons) Acting and all ALRA courses can be found in Fees & Funding.

Terms DatesAutumn Term 2019Spring Term 2020Summer Term 2020
From 23rd September 13rd January 27th April
To 06th December 27th March 17th July
Terms DatesAutumn Term 2019
From 23rd September
To 06th December
Terms DatesSpring Term 2020
From 13rd January
To 27th March
Terms DatesSummer Term 2020
From 27th April
To 17th July

The audition day will help assess which acting course is most suitable for your level of development. We offer you feedback at the end of your day and discuss your options. We also offer you opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the day.

For information on our Admissions Policy click here:
Admissions Policy

ALRA understands that choosing to go to drama school is a big decision. We have put together some useful information to help you through the application process and beyond.

Here is some useful information for applicants:

  • FAQs

  • Next Interview / Audition Dates

  • Audition Guidelines

    Auditions Guidelines

    For information on Free Auditions please see this page.

    • Your Audition
    • Audition Format

    For Acting Courses

    There are new guidelines for 2020 entry, set out below:

    Each applicant is asked to prepare three audition pieces.

    • a contemporary monologue (from a play written post 2000)
    • a piece of poetry OR spoken word OR a second contemporary monologue (this piece should be contrasting from your first and can but does not have to be self-written)
    • a classical monologue (this can be Shakespearean/Jacobean/Elizabethan or an equivalent text that may be from cultures other than western classical text but contain elements of rhythm and poetry

    Please make sure you have read the whole plays your monologues come from and that it works as a stand-alone speech, not requiring input from another character.

    Ensure that you:

    • Prepare and learn your pieces thoroughly
    • Choose pieces that are close to you in age
    • Do not use props or costume
    • Use only your natural accent
    • Wear clothing that's easy to move in (i.e. no tight jeans/skirts etc.)

    ALRA is assessing you on the following qualities and abilities throughout the day: 

    • Truth, focus and concentration
    • Potential to express thought and feeling through text, movement and voice
    • Openness and responsiveness to others, imagination and creativity
    • Ability to take direction

    For further help and advice, please see our FAQ Audition Advice Videos

    ALRA offers various provisions for access to our full-time courses for applicants:

    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at ALRA North & South Campus
    • Workshops & Auditions at Private Outreach  Venues
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at Regional UK Venues
    • Preliminary Online Assessments for International Students
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at International Venues
    • Collaborative Partnerships

    ALRA follows the ‘Auditioning and interviewing for Dance & Drama Code of Practice’ as detailed on the CDMT and EFA websites.

    Audition Days (All Acting Courses)

    Selection is made by audition that takes place over one day. Applicants will be considered based on performance of text, vocal and physical suitability and individual interview.

    The day will consist of two stages.

    Stage 1 all applicants will perform their two contrasting contemporary audition pieces (see Your Audition tab above).

    At this point the panel will consider all applicants and decide who will progress to the next stage.

    Stage 2 applicants will participate in a workshop, perform their classical monologue and finally be invited to interview.

    There are opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the audition process.

    Audition Day Format

    This is a rough format of how a typical audition day runs.*

    Stage 1

    • 9.00 – 9.30: Arrival and Registration
    • 9.30 – 10.15: Warm Up
    • 10.15 – 11.15: Audition Piece One
    • 11.30 – 12.30: Audition Piece Two

    Stage Two (for applicants who progress onto this stage)

    • 1.00 – 2.00: Workshop
    • 2.00 – 3.30: Audition Piece Three
    • 3.30: Interview

    *Please note that the times given may vary, dependant on numbers. 

    Audition Results

    ALRA operates an Equal Opportunities Policy: all candidates will be assessed on their potential to meet the demands of the course and considered entirely on the basis of merit. Those showing the most aptitude at audition will be considered for Dance and Drama Awards.  

    The audition panel for all full-time courses are run by Course Leaders, Lead Tutors and Senior Staff members, final selection is completed by the Principal and Registrar.

    Successful applicants will have demonstrated a significant degree of talent, ability, preparation, aptitude and commitment as well as the ability to make a positive contribution to, and benefit from training with ALRA. 

    Audition results are usually processed and sent out via email as well as available on the Audition Management System within ten working days of the date of audition. ALRA always aspires to inform applicants of the audition result within this timeframe but during busier times results can take longer and we ask for patience and understanding in these circumstances.


    Feedback from Auditionees

    • Thank you for the opportunity, and for providing a thoroughly enjoyable experience... even if I don't get a place I have loved the experience.
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Reasons to study at ALRA
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    ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA’s acting training includes includes specialist instruction in stage, film, TV, audio, comedy, voice and movement and is supported with contextual studies to prepare for work.
  • ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA has built strong relationships within the industry and our showcases and productions are directed and attended by agents, directors, casting directors, writers, producers and our own inspiring Alumni.
  • ALRA’s resident teams are dedicated, talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a passion for teaching. Our students are supported in all aspects of their studies.
  • ALRA’s reputation of securing opportunities for students grows each year and our Alumni are working in the West End, Regional and Touring Theatre Productions, as well as in Film, TV and Comedy both in the UK and beyond.
  • ALRA recruits a comparatively small number of students each year so that everybody has our full attention and feels part of the school from the moment they arrive.
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