Vocal Studies and Performance at The Arden School of Theatre offers a comprehensive programme that explores multiple sectors of vocal performance, aiming to prepare students for the professional performance industry.

The aim of the programme is to train and support professional vocalists in multi-genre performance including both musical theatre and pop music vocals with the scope to explore any genre the students would like to specialise in. The course is fast-paced and heavily practical, encouraging students to explore their individual artistic interests in order to develop as practitioners. The course is ideal for those with a passion for singing and a desire for a career in the performance industry.

The Arden School of Theatre utilises its working links with the professional community to provide the most up to date knowledge of vocal techniques and professional requirements. The programme explores a number of modules which engage students in performance technique and skills. The modules are designed to explore the voice as an instrument and understand the theory behind how we control it.

Each year of the programme has a unique focus in providing students with the techniques and knowledge of the voice. The first year will focus on the technical side of the voice which will then be applied to given challenges that you could face in the industry in the second year. The final year focuses on professional development and the modules are designed to give you the skills needed to market yourself as a professional vocalist

Nicholls Campus
Full Time
3 years
September 2021
Awarding Partner:
Sheffield Hallam University
The teaching staff on this course all have industry experience in their field. Tutors education experience ranges from staff who have PhD Applications, Master qualifications and high level industry experience, including West End and international careers.

• 96 UCAS tariff points

• Full level 3 qualification.
Academic requirements:
• Up to 3 levels which are equivalent to 96 UCAS points.
• A BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Merit.
• BTEC Level 3 National Certificate/Extended Certificate with Distinction, Distinction in a performing arts related subject area, or an equivalent level 3 qualification with appropriate content.
We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.
Minimum UCAS tariff points required: 96. UCEN Manchester invites students who meet the criteria to audition, which will then determine entry to the programme. UCEN Manchester particularly welcomes students with grade 5 Music Theory and grade 8 Singing, this will aid in the application.
For overseas applicants or for those for whom English is a second language, a proficiency in English, both written and spoken, is essential. The college requires such students to demonstrate an IELTS score of 6.0. Entry to this pathway at levels 5 and 6 can only happen in exceptional circumstances, and given its intensive vocal training, this programme is not a standard top-up route for foundation degree graduates.
All applicants who meet the above criteria will be invited to audition. The audition will comprise of a vocal warm up, an individual song presentation of two contrasting genres and an interview. Each of the above components is assessed against criteria.
Non-Academic Criteria:
Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.
Applicants are required to attend an audition to showcase skills in singing. This will be in both musical theatre and popular music.
There will be a formal audition and then interview on the day of audition
Applicants will need to prepare two songs that contrast in genre both with piano accompaniment

Year 1: Acting Through Song (20 credits)

Year 1: Contextualising Performance (20 credits)

Year 1: Ensemble Singing (20 credits)

Year 1: General Musicianship (20 credits)

Year 1: Skills for the vocalist (20 credits)

Year 1: Solo Singing (20 credits)
Level 4
20% Coursework
80% Practical

Level 5
17% Coursework
83% Practical

Level 6
37% Coursewok
63% Practical
We intend graduates of this programme to progress to jobs in the music industry, which could range from: session singers, cruise ship performers, independent practitioners, educators and facilitators, as well as progressing onto further study.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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Required and essential items for programme and cost.

Clothing approx. £120 (dependant of current kit) – Basic dancewear will be required for one module of the course. Applicants may be the need to purchase character shoes for performances included in this price.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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