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Performing Arts Education (Honours), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Plymouth, United Kingdom
The Performing Arts Education (Honours) course offered by Plymouth Marjon University will help you to understand how to bring out the best in people through participation in dance, drama and music, as well as developing your own performance skills.
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Course Overview

You’ll learn how to help them to overcome challenges such as vulnerability or lack of confidence, and you’ll provide memorable experiences in which others can discover what they are really capable of. There is a placement in each year of the course with a minimum of 20 hours experience.

This Perforning Arts Education (Honours) degree offered by Plymouth Marjon University  is wide ranging. You’ll understand the theory and practice of education and how people best learn, considering social and ethical issues as well as the drama and music curriculum and child development. Through placements you’ll perfect your practical teaching skills in order to prepare you for employment. You’ll explore your love of the arts, perhaps discovering career paths you hadn’t previously considered. You will have the chance to perform yourself in years 1 and 2 and to direct children in a performance in year 3.

Why this course at Marjon?

  • Large theatre venue in which to explore both creative and technical skillsets.
  • Long history of creating exceptional teachers, blended with innovative and inspirational performing and acting community
  • Placements (20 hours each year) drawn from our close links with hundreds of schools or performance environments.
  • Explore a wide range of performance disciplines including drama, music and dance.
  • Work with practising teachers on your modules, giving you an insight into the realities of the classroom, and take time to practise for your QTS skills tests.

Perfect if you're curious about:

  • Is talent born or made?
  • How much should you encourage a disengaged child to engage in the performing arts?
  • Which is more important in a school play; high quality or participation from everyone?
  • Why does creativity in children matter? What happens when it is stifled? What happens when it feels forced?
  • How can performing arts help children learn other subjects?
  • How could performing arts help in specific environments such as prisons, rehabilitation centres or special education needs schools?

What might you become?

At the end of the course you are well placed to begin a PGCE or School Direct qualification to become a secondary or primary teacher specialising in drama. Or you could move into roles in the broader education or theatre sectors such as educational management, community theatre groups or informal educational environments such as those around tourism or events. You could also choose to lead children’s and community theatre groups as well as potentially setting up your own performing arts company. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Engaging with Learning
  • Craft & Discipline
  • Singing and Music Theory & Practice 
  • Dance Technique and Improvisation
  • Children’s Literature and Drama in Education
  • The Interdisciplinary Practitioner 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • Entry applicants must have three A-levels at grades CCC or above, BTEC triple grades MMM or above, or Access 23-36 with min 6D and GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
  • Applicants' experience of performing arts should be demonstrated via your personal statement. DBS check required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Plymouth

  • 731 - 1390 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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