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Community Theatre - BA (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

UCAS Code: CT01

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

Course Length:
Three years full-time. 
Six years part-time.

Course Overview

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The community theatre practitioner works collaboratively with particular groups and creates participatory work that responds to their circumstances and environment. ​

On the BA (Hons) Community Theatre degree you will become familiar with the application of theatre in a range of social settings. You will work with theatre companies and practitioners who are active in the sector and have the opportunity to apply the skills you develop with a range of groups. You will learn the theories underpinning applied theatre and explore, through practice, the nature of performance and participation in specific communities. 

Related courses:
You may also be interested in studying Drama as part of the BA (Hons) Humanities Joint Honours programme.

Course information on this page relates to 2021 entry.

Course Content

Year One


  • Theatre Practice
  • Applying Theatre
  • Drama Perspectives
  • Performance
  • Theatre Practitioners

The first year of your degree introduces you to concepts of community and identity which will inform your approach to devised performance aimed at specific communities. Alongside this you will study Theatre Practice and Theatre Practitioners exploring theatrical genre, conventions and innovative approaches through theoretical and practical approaches. The position and significance of theatre as a mirror to society will be explored through the study of plays and performance from Ancient Greece through to 21st century practice. You will consider the study of drama through a range of critical perspectives and consider the religious, social and cultural influences on plays and performance approaches.

Year Two


  • Applied Theatre: in Practice
  • Applied Theatre: Becoming a Practitioner
  • Directing and Ensemble Practice
  • Verbatim Theatre and Oral Histories
  • Audiences and Text
  • Employability modules: There are 2 options to choose from - Placement OR Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

In your second year you will explore theatre for and with communities through applied theatre workshops and projects. You will be able to work in a small ensemble developing directing and performance techniques and consider the application of these techniques through an entrepreneurship or placement module.

Year Three


  • Immersive Theatre
  • Radical and Protest Performance
  • Theatre for Change
  • Performance and Place
  • Performance Project

The final year of your degree allows you to tailor your degree by selecting a practical or written Dissertation option. The performance option allows you to consolidate your practical and theoretical skills through the staging of a production and presenting a critical analysis. The final year also explores Radical and Protest Performance and Theatre for Change, Performance and Place and Immersive Theatre.

Learning & Teaching

Sessions will be a mix of practical workshops, fieldwork, supervised rehearsal, individual tutorials and lectures. There are also one-to-one and group sessions with the department technician. This will allow you to benefit from the use of our fully-equipped drama studios in independent rehearsal sessions, as well as during timetabled workshops. 

You will be taught by theatre academics and researchers with industry experience and publications in the relevant fields. You will also have the opportunity to be taught by visiting lecturers and theatre practitioners working professionally in community theatre. 

Every student is assigned a personal tutor when they begin the course and this tutor supports them for the entirety of their degree. There are scheduled tutorial meetings that students attend, but tutors also have dedicated office hours which allows students to access them outside the scheduled meetings. 

The university has well-established student support provision for students who have additional learning needs and also is equipped to deal with any issues that arise during the course of a student’s studies. 

Each 20 credit module has approximately 200 hours of study attached to it. 48 hours of these will be delivered in taught sessions such as lectures, seminars and workshops usually scheduled as two hours per week. 

The course benefits from a fully equipped drama studio, rehearsal space and a set construction workshop.


Assessments in Drama are a mix of practical examinations (on and off campus), presentations and coursework.

Practical Exam: This is a rehearsal process and performance or workshop where you will apply practices and techniques explored during a module. 

Presentation: Here you will present your knowledge and analysis of a topic to your tutor and peers. 

Coursework: This can be a traditional essay, a report, a review or a reflective analysis of your practical exam process. 

All assessment is supported by milestone feedback points. These include interim rehearsal show-backs for peer and tutor reflection, as well engagement in self-assessment .

Employability & Careers

On completion of the course there are various options available to you. You may wish to continue your academic study or pursue a career.

Academic routes include:
• Apply for post-graduate study in acting, directing and community theatre
• Secondary PGCE Drama Course
• Primary PGCE Course 

Career options include:
• Associate posts with established theatre/arts companies (e.g. Education officer, marketing and administration)
• Setting up of own community arts projects
• Graduate entry positions in a range of industries

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

 Applicants should have 104 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

Typical offers may include:

  • 104 points from at least 2 A levels to include an A level grade C; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM

  • 104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 104 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades D. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination.

  • 102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma     


If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff. 

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website. 

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview. 

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL. 

Mature students
A mature applicant is anyone over the ago of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact Dr Christina Thatcher:

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