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Sharpe Academy is delighted to announce we will be commencing a 3 year BA (Hons) Degree in Musical Theatre in September 2022. The course is a brand new degree based on the successful Sharpe Academy 3 Year Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre & Acting launched in 2019.

The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Degree Course is taught at Sharpe Academy in London and awarded (subject to approval) by
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Become a professional Musical Theatre Performer in a truly remarkable vocational setting. You will develop ‘triple threat’ skills in Singing, Acting and Dance, taught by a team of industry professionals. Our unique and intensive training programme allows you to transform not only into a skilled performer, but into a professional, with the knowledge, confidence and determination to succeed. Whether your aim is to perform in musicals (West End or touring), dance companies, travel the world on cruise ships or use your skills to enter the television, film or creative industries we are here to prepare you.

  • Course Details
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Funding
  • How to Apply
  • Term Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Facilities

Mode of study:
Full-Time / In-Person
Level of Study:
Levels 4-6
Duration of Study: 3 Years
Location: Sharpe Academy, London

Contact Time

You'll be expected to spend most days during the study blocks at the academy and within this time 80-90% will be directed learning activities for example technical classes in Acting, Dance, Singing and knowledge based sessions learning about the body, mind and the industry you are about to enter. In addition to this students will be expected to work independently on projects, solo rehearsal, research and assignments for example preparing for showcases, researching performance techniques, learning monologues or songs, reading plays and watching performances.


Modules focus on core skills including Acting, Singing, and Dance. Additional modules focus on Contextual Studies developing knowledge in the History of Performance, Anatomy, Techniques and Practitioners. Performance and integrated skills are a large part of the course where students work towards full-scale productions including musicals, plays and regular projects for stage and screen.

YEAR ONE - Level 4

You’ll study acting, introducing you to working with cameras, character creation, contemporary scripts for the stage and learning acting techniques from world renowned practitioners. You will discover voice, acting through song, solo and harmony work including vocal techniques to enhance your singing. In Dance you will focus on Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Commercial, Fitness, Contemporary and Choreography.

You will study additional skills such as Stage Combat and Acrobatics. You will develop subject knowledge not only in your core skills, but in the History of Musical Theatre, injury prevention, mind and wellbeing and learn more about the performance industry. All students participate in several public performances throughout the year including a full-scale musical and play.

YEAR TWO - Level 5

You'll develop additional technique and strength in all areas of performance, whilst continuing to develop new advanced skills in the core disciplines. In Acting you will study classical text, accents including RP, standard American and techniques for other areas, you will discover new practitioners and in screen acting develop voiceover, filming and editing skills, whilst honing your technique in front of the camera. In singing you will start to build your personal audition repertoire, hone your music theory skills and be able to demonstrate a good understanding of vocal technique.

In dance you will work towards reaching an intermediate to advanced standard in all dance forms, whilst working more on stamina, flexibility, balance, posture and additional tricks. You will also learn about the mechanics of the body through Anatomy and discover how to approach the industry after graduation. All students participate in several public performances throughout the year including a full-scale musical and play.

YEAR THREE - Level 6

You’ll continue to work on all core disciplines whilst also concentrating your efforts on performance pieces. You will work with industry professionals to create productions, showcases and showreels for both stage and screen. You will organise your professional photographs and work on audition technique skills such as choreography pick up, singing repertoire and CV presentation. You will spend time with Casting Directors and become confident in your presentation to make sure you are industry ready upon graduation.

All Sharpe Academy third year students have regular masterclasses to build up industry contacts and experience choreography from current West End productions. Performances include a Musical, Play, in house concerts and an industry agency showcase.


Entry Requirements - Audition

IN-PERSON AUDITION: All applicants are invited to attend an in-person audition at Sharpe Academy in London. This will involve group classes in:

  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Jazz
  • Ballet

Candidates are also asked to prepare TWO self-tapes and upload them to the audition portal. Details of how to do this will be sent to you once you apply via UCAS.

SELF-TAPE ONE (Song): Please prepare a Musical Theatre song of your choice demonstrating your vocal range. Time limit: 3 Mins
SELF-TAPE TWO (Monologue):
Please prepare a contemporary dramatic monologue written after 1990 using your own accent. Time limit: 3 Mins

How to self-tape: The easiest method to record yourself is to use your mobile phone and have an assistant hold it landscape making sure we can clearly see your head and shoulders. Please stand infront of a plain background/wall and wear plain clothes without logos, stripes or patterns, which can be distracting. Double check the lighting to make sure you can be seen. Try not to record with a window directly behind you as this will cause you to be in silhouette. Please do not record in kitchens or bathrooms as the echo will change the tombre of your voice. The song should be performed directly to camera and the monologue should be performed as if talking to somebody behind the camera without looking directly into the lens. Please use a backing track to perform your song. If you don't have one you will possibly find a suitable one on youtube. Monologues can be found in most libraries and/or book stores in the Drama/Poetry sections. Monologue books can also be purchased online in stores like amazon. Both pieces should be performed off by heart and introduced with the piece title before you start. If you have directed your scene then your assistant can stand further back so we can view you head to toe, but please make sure you don't leave the video area whilst performing. After you have recorded your pieces watch them back to make sure you are happy before sending them onto us.

Academic Requirements

If successful at audition a conditional offer will be made. As a guide, a typical offer at undergraduate level asks for 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. An exception and lower academic offer may be made in certain cases where a very high performance standard in Singing, Acting and Dance is demonstrated in the audition.



ent to our panel. At the end of the day a second round stage involves an interview with a senior member of the team.

If successful at audition a conditional offer will be made. As a guide a typical offer at undergraduate level asks for 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

An exception and lower academic offer may be made in certain cases where a very high performance standard in Singing, Acting and Dance is demonstrated in the audition.

FEES & FUNDING - BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Tuition Fees 2022-2023: £9,250.00

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. Please note tuition fees may raise in the second and third year of study, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Additional Costs can include:

  • Uniform, Dancewear & Dance Shoes - £300.00-£600.00
  • Theatre Tickets - £50-£150 per academic year (Regular theatre visits are organised)
  • Vocational Examinations (Optional) - Approx £100.00 for each Intermediate/Advanced Examination (Options available in Ballet, Tap & Modern)
  • Physiotherapy & Sports Massage - Appointments range from £20.00-£40.00 per session
  • Accommodation & Living Costs - These costs vary depending on your requirements. Please see our accommodation page for our student house information.
  • Spotlight Casting Directory Membership - £110.00 in your Third year of Study
  • Professional Photographs - approx £250.00 in your Third year of Study.


Student loans are available from the UK Government to eligible UK nationals, who qualify as 'Home Fee Status' students, to cover the cost of university tuition fees (tuition fee loans) and to help with living expenses (maintenance loans).

Please Note: Student loans are not available for the 1 Year Post Graduate Diploma or 3 Year Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting.

STUDENT LOANS - BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Home Fee status students undertaking the BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre may be eligible to apply for two main elements of financial support from the Government:

  • A Tuition Fee Loan (and/or grant in some regions) which is paid direct to the University on a student's behalf, to cover the cost of the tuition fees; and
  • A Maintenance Loan (and/or grant in some regions) which is paid in three instalments throughout the academic year, to help with your living expenses. If you wish to borrow more than the minimum amount of maintenance loan, you will need to have an assessment of your household income.

UK Government loans are administered by regional funding bodies – each of which has their own rules and offer different types and amounts of funding to students.

Eligible students will receive funding from their regional funding body, based on their ordinary country of residence (not where they are planning to study). For detailed information about funding from each body, please follow the links below:

To be eligible for UK Government funding, students will need to meet a range of criteria that includes nationality, residency and previous study. Please note that if you have ever studied in Higher Education before – even if it was not in the UK or you do not have a degree – your entitlement to funding may be affected.

You must apply for funding each academic year and are strongly advised to do so as soon as the application cycle opens, usually around February / March, for the academic year starting the following September.




Applications for our Degree course are completed through UCAS.

  • View our course on UCAS – CLICK HERE

  • Register with UCAS – Register

  • To add Sharpe Academy to your UCAS application, please enter the following details:

Course Name: BA (Hons) Musical Theatre
Course Code: W314
Institution Code: F33
Campus Name: Sharpe Academy
Campus Code: I




If you have already completed your UCAS application, but would like to add Sharpe Academy to your audition list please sign up as a new user and complete the application form below:






Induction Days (First Year Students): Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th September 2022
During our induction days students will be assessed to be placed into the correct level classes for Ballet, Tap and Modern

STUDY BLOCKS 2022-2023


12th September to 20th January

Winter Break
12th December to 1st January

23rd January to 26th May

Spring Break
3rd April to 16th April

5th June - 9th July

Students must be available during this time to participate in our annual production shows.

Moving away from home can be both exciting and scary at the same time. We want our students to feel safe, secure and have a real home to relax in when not at college. Our student houses are designed to the highest standards. Houses are within easy travel of College and all include a shared Lounge, Bathroom, Garden and fully equipped Kitchen.

Houses are licenced HMO properties and all include:

Fire Doors Integrated Fire Alarm Gas Safety Certificate
Tv Licence Internet - Wifi All bills included
Garden Shared Living Area 24/7 Support & Assistance

Individual Bedrooms all include:

- Bed (Single, Small Double, Double and King Available)
- En Suite available in some houses or shared facilities
- Chest of Drawers
- Wardrobe
- Bedside Table with Lamp
- Mini Fridge
- Television


Weekly Cost (40 Week Contract)

Agreement (Full Cost)

Small Double with Shared Facilities £170.00 per week £6,800.00
Large Double with Shared Facilities £185.00 per week £7,400.00
King with Shared Facilities £195.00 per week £7,800.00
Single with Ensuite £205.00 per week £8,200.00
Small Double with Ensuite £215.00 per week £8,600.00

Please Note: Students may be entitled to an additional accommodation bursary or student funding maintenance loan to help towards accommodation costs. 

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Sharpe Academy is based in HARROW ARTS CENTRE, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Greater London, HA5 4EA

On-site Facilities include:

Professional Dance Studios Theory Rooms Rehearsal Spaces
Outdoor Recreational Spaces 500 Seat Professional Theatre Recording Studio & Editing Suite
Student Hub with fridges, Microwaves, TV Parking 2 Minutes walk from Hatch End Train Station (Direct line to London Euston)


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