Drama and Performance BA (Hons)

UCAS code W400
Information line 01463 279190

What is special about this course?

The degree aims to ensure that your study and performance is reflective of the specific challenges and opportunities for creative practitioners in rural Scotland, while also looking outwards towards the international context.

The course has a strong practice-based approach informed by academic theory. You will be encouraged throughout the course to be an independent scholar, artist and performer, while also having the opportunity to form a creative company with your fellow students, a collaboration you will be encouraged to continue after graduation.

You will be trained in a variety of skills in performance-making including acting, devising, technical theatre, writing and cultural planning, equipping you well for a broad range of vocational roles within the cultural sector, as well as further study at postgraduate level.

This degree builds on the HNC Acting and Performance in the first year, providing students with a good grounding for degree level study. To gain entry to the degree you must first complete the HNC Acting and Performance and successfully undertake a further audition and interview.

Special features

  • Delivered by performance industry experts, this degree provides a real opportunity to play an influential role in taking forward performance in Scotland
  • Opportunities for continual shared practice both with your immediate peers and the community
  • You will benefit from field trips to assist you in developing your practice and ensuring it is reflective of your location and cultural context
  • You will have access to performance facilities, both within the university and through collaborative projects at external venues



We offer modern student accommodation in Inverness ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, the HNC Acting and Performance, is 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above, including English OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above, including English, PLUS
  • Four National 4 passes or Standard Grades at grade 3, or above, or equivalent
  • Alternatively, NC Acting and Performance or NC Creative Industries, with at least Intermediate 2, or equivalent, in English
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or professional experience, who are able to demonstrate an appropriate level of academic ability and extensive experience in at least one area of performance, will be considered on an individual basis
  • You will also be required to attend an audition and interview

Advanced entry:

  • Entry to year two, DipHE, is HNC in Acting and Performance (available at Inverness College UHI) or equivalent
  • Entry to year three, BA, is HND in Acting and Performance or equivalent

Access routes

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP):

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)

Year 1 - HNC

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules include:

  • Rural and folk performance
  • Creating a role
  • Performing theatre histories
  • Group practical project
  • Introduction to performance studies

Year 3 - BA

Modules include:

  • Reading performance
  • Applied performance 
  • Group practical project 2
  • Script development and adaptation
  • Directing performance

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Modules include:

  • Creative industries research project
  • (Inter)national theatre
  • The autonomous performer
  • Cultural planning and delivery in the performing arts

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, practical sessions, field trips and online via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time (structured): 6 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    2017-18 2018-19 2017-18 2018-19
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £1,285 £86 (per HN credit) £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £1,820 £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module) £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module) £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module) £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    2017-18 2018-19 2017-18 2018-19
Year 1 HNC £6,510 £6,720 £434 (per HN credit) £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 £9,000 £1,340 (per 20 credit module) £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £9,000 £1,340 (per 20 credit module) £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free* free* £1,340 (per 20 credit module) £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

*4th (Honours) year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.


International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    2017-18 2018-19 2017-18 2018-19
Year 1 HNC £6,510 £6,700 £434 (per HN credit) £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £10,000 £11,100 £1,680 (per 20 credit module) £1,750 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £10,000 £11,100 £1,680 (per 20 credit module) £1,750 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £10,000 £11,100 £1,680 (per 20 credit module) £1,750 (per 20 credit module)

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

To ensure our graduates are well placed to find employment within the cultural sector, this programme has been designed with specific attention to the needs and practice of the areas in which it is to be delivered.

Our graduates are not only trained in performance-making and analysis skills but in a broad range of transferable skills, such as: arts administration skills; cultural planning skills; grant application and archive management skills; technical and IT skills; and group working skills. 

The programme's approach towards technical and administrative independence ensures that our graduates can progress to a range of possible career options, such as:

  • Making or producing performance, both as an individual and as part of a company
  • Directing in small scale productions as community artists
  • Creating original scripts, pitching and identifying appropriate bodies as a springboard for future writing
  • Forming new theatre companies 
  • Working as education and outreach officers connected to theatre companies and cultural organisations, or undertaking teacher training
  • Working in arts administration within the cultural, heritage, education and performance industries
  • Progressing to various postgraduate courses at other institutions

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What our students, graduates and staff say

If you have a dream, this university will give you the tools and ability to go on and achieve it. The theatre and library are great spaces and have excellent resources for creative learning, required for my research. With the help and support of everyone involved at the university, I have become a more confident and skilful person.

Ryan Thow is in his second year of the BA (Hons) Drama and Performance at our Inverness College UHI campus.

The course modules are really diverse and offer a wide range of areas of acting. I also really enjoy that it is such a practical course and the facilities provided give us the freedom that such a practically-driven course needs.

Sophie MacLean, HNC Acting and Performance student, who plans to progress on to the second year of the BA (Hons) Drama and Performance at our Inverness College UHI campus.

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