The Arden School of Theatre

Vocal Studies and Performance

BA (Hons)
Leaflet Code: CR60043FT


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

  • City Campus Manchester
  • Full Time
  • 3 years
  • September 2024

Awarding Partner:

Sheffield Hallam University

Phil Moody – Course Leader, Lecturer in Studio Recording

Andrew Stephenson – Lecturer in Vocal Biology and Repertoire

Rob Owen – Lecturer in Music Theory

Gavin Bailey – Solo Singing Teacher

Graham Lappin - Ensemble Singing

Sam Chambers – Solo Singing Teacher

Pippa Goss – Solo Singing Teacher

Julia Maiden – Acting Teacher

Robert Purvis - Musical Director

• 96 UCAS tariff points

• Full level 3 qualification.

• We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.

• If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

In order to assess your potential as a performer all applicants at The Arden are required to audition. Each course has its own unique way of auditioning in order to ensure we see your full potential at audition. For a more detailed overview of our audition processes on our programmes please click here. <a href=''>Click Here</a>

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Year 1: Contextualising Performance (20 credits)

Year 1: Developing Character Through Song (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 Techniques (20 credits)

Level 4
20% Coursework
80% Practical

Level 5
17% Coursework
83% Practical

Level 6
37% Coursewok
63% Practical

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. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.