BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Performance (in collaboration with West College Scotland)

The BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Performance course at West College Scotland (in collaboration with Queen Margaret University) is aimed at those with an HND in Acting and Performance who are looking to develop and increase their skill base, both as actors and directors, theatre creators and/or teachers.  All our expert teaching staff retain close links with the industry and will provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills and versatility needed to meet the artistic demands placed upon those entering the performing arts industry today.

This two-year full-time course enables those with an appropriate further education qualification to further their studies giving an opportunity to form a theatre company and to enhance and widen their career opportunities by developing a broad range of drama skills while obtaining an honours degree.

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Why study this course?

  • You’ll have the opportunity to form a theatre company and perform in professional venues in Glasgow
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of practical methods and theories
  • Our graduates are working in many different areas of the industry, from actors on international tours, to school teachers and entertainers to those who have set up their own performing arts schools
  • Many industry practitioners including performers, theatre makers and agents carry out professional workshops throughout the year.

About the course

You will be provided with a wide range of performance opportunities underpinned by practical training and critical thinking and analysis. Subjects include Acting and Directing, Key Theatre Practitioners, Shakespeare in Performance, Drama and Theatre in Education, Key Theatre Practices, Drama in Context, Group Performance Project, Applied Theatre and Drama, Creative Entrepreneurship and Honours Study

You will have opportunities to work closely with the industry through a series of specialised workshops.  In the past, students have had the opportunity to work with theatre, film and television companies, artistic and casting directors such as Vox Motus, The Tron Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Fire Exit, Magnetic North.



The course is modular and delivered full-time over two years.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The focus of the course is to shape and enhance your existing skills and knowledge, build your confidence, develop your business skills, develop an additional range of drama skills and prepare you for a successful career in performing arts

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and tutorial groups allowing for more in-depth discussion of the topics being studied. The course includes a large number of practical learning opportunities. These allow you to put the knowledge and experience gained in the classroom into practice in a real-life environment and better prepare you for your future career. In addition to your classes, you will also be required to undertake self-supported learning, making use of online resources and those in the Learning Resource Centre to complete independent research or work on group projects.

Assessment will take place in a variety of ways, including written, oral and practical examinations. There is an emphasis on continuous assessment such as a reflective log, group work and presentations.


  • Acting and Directing
  • Key Theatre Practitioners
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Group Performance Project
  • Key Theatre Practices
  • Drama in Context
  • Drama and Theatre in Education
  • Applied Theatre and Drama
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Honours Study

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021. Please check the website for any updates.



Exchange opportunities


Entry requirements

Direct Entry: HND Acting and Performance or equivalent .Higher English is strongly recommended.

English Language Requirements: IELTS of 6.5 with no element lower than 6.0 

Auditions: There will be an audition that will involve both practical and academic activities to enable a realistic assessment of your suitability for the course.

Mandatory Bridging Course: Students will be required to complete a pre-entry, intensively taught two week bridging course prior to the BA (Hons) programme start date. This course will take place in mid- June, exact dates will be confirmed. This is a significant course designed specifically to enable students to bridge any gaps in learning and prepare them for University study prior to the degree starting.

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Professional registration/ accreditation


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

Teaching Staff: Our staff ensure that they are up to date with the latest knowledge, thinking and developments in performing arts and retain strong links with industry and professional bodies. Some continue to practice professionally and you will also have the opportunity to work with a wide range of industry professionals throughout your course.    

Class Sizes: Due to the highly practical nature of the BA(Hons) Drama, Theatre and Performance course and the emphasis on gaining experience with a wide range of industry practice the class size is kept to around 20 students.

Timetables: The BA(Hons) Drama, Theatre and Performance course at West College Scotland is divided into two semesters, each semester lasts for 15 weeks. Semester one of year one covers Acting and Directing, Key Theatre Practitioners, and Shakespeare in Performance. Semester two of year one covers Key Theatre Practice, Drama in Context and Drama and Theatre in Education. Year two semester one has Applied Theatre and year two semester two has Creative Entrepreneurship. a Group Performance Project and the Honours Project run throughout the second year.

During term time, teaching is usually between 09:00 and 16:00 depending on the required days for that semester. Timetables are available from mid-July (but subject to change). While efforts are made to make the timetables as student friendly as possible, teaching can take place at any time during the teaching week, and may not be consistent on a week-to-week basis.   There is also an expectation for additional class time depending on the project being undertaken and students may be required for extra rehearsals in evenings and occasionally at weekends. Although we try to keep this to a minimum, students will be informed of these additional periods in advance.

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This course prepares you for a career in professional acting and theatre making and is acceptable for entry to teacher training or to other specialist postgraduate level study.


Teaching mainly takes place at West College Scotland, Paisley campus. However, depending on the element of the course being undertaken, teaching, workshops, and performance opportunities may take place off campus, including professional theatre spaces in Glasgow City Centre.

Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate)

Teaching staff may be subject to change.


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Course Overview

2 years full-time
Start Date
August 2021
West College Scotland. Paisley Campus
Study Abroad
Subject Area
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