Leeds Conservatoire
Acting BA (Hons)
Leeds Conservatoire

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The BA Acting programme at Leeds Conservatoire offers rigorous, practical, conservatoire training for a career as a professional actor. Through practical skills training and individualised artistic development, you will acquire the skills to sustain a career as a working artist in theatre, television, film and recorded media - serving the performance industry now and in shaping its future.

Over three years you develop your skills in acting, movement, voice and performance-based research. Training is practical, physical and intensive. You are required to be fearless, as you acquire new skills and challenge those you arrived with. Training includes ensemble skills classes, 1-1 coaching, skills in context, seminars and rehearsals; culminating in a final year season of performance that serves as an industry introduction.

Storytelling is a collaborative artform and collaboration is at the core of all we do at Leeds Conservatoire. Acting students spend their first weeks of training developing an ensemble practice that transforms a cohort into a collaborative theatre company. Throughout training, students are given the opportunity to collaborate with theatres, creative partners and leading artists in the region. We actively encourage cross programme collaboration with artists from other disciplines. Our ambition is for students to establish a creative network in training, originate live performance and take both with them into the profession.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 238 graduates of Acting BA (Hons) at Leeds Conservatoire for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Acting.

Overall student satisfaction
79 /100
238 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Acting

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £18888 £17931 £21753
25-75 percentile range £14919 - £22955 £12598 - £22386 £15916 - £27274

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Acting, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Acting BA (Hons) at Leeds Conservatoire

28% Artistic, literary and media occupations
17% Teaching Professionals
11% Elementary occupations
9% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
4% Administrative occupations
2% Sales occupations
2% Sports and fitness occupations
2% Caring personal services

The course is assessed via practical assessments and performances, coursework, portfolios, technical tests, presentations and written work. Formal assessments tend to take place over a period at the end of each semester or the end of the year. There are a handful of assignments with deadlines halfway through a semester.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies or equivalent (which normally include an A Level or a BTEC Extended Diploma in an Acting-related subject), plus 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include English Language. Combinations of Level 3 qualifications are accepted.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements: Applicants should also have achieved a minimum of three GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above. All applicants will be required to either attend an audition or submit a portfolio of work. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview. Please see https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/audition for up to date details of our audition process. English Language requirements: All applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirement, as set by the conservatoire. For UK applicants this is GCSE English Language at grade C/4. Equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills English Level 2 or National 5 English grade C, will also be accepted. For applicants that require a Student Visa to study in the UK, the standard requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5.

Please visit the international page on our website for further information: https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/courses/international-applicants/
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Tuition Fees Acting BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £17500 year 1
International £17500 year 1

Additional fee information

For details of any additional costs associated with your course, please see https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study/fees-funding/tuition-fees/.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

What students say about studying Acting in the UK?

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About Leeds Conservatoire

Leeds Conservatoire is a school that dedicates itself to providing music-based education at the higher education level, based in the Quarry Hill area of Leeds, England. Students have the choice, if they wish, to combine multiple subjects that the conservatoire offers. The Undergraduate courses that can be found here are considered pathways, which can lead to university, or the right to study some of the Master’s Degree courses that are available.

Where is this programme taught

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