Course Details

  • 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.

  • Academic applicants will require:

    • 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.

    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

  • The course is predominantly practical with the typical module broken down into 80% practical and 20% coursework. This may include written evaluations, viva voces, annotated scripts or character studies.

    Year One
    20% Coursework
    80% Practical

    Year Two
    17% Coursework
    83% Practical

    Year Three
    37% Coursework
    63% Practical

  • Upon successful completion of this qualification, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the industry. You may choose to continue onto an MA at a dedicated academy, or you might want to begin your career right away as a session singer, cruise ship performer, independent practitioner, educator or facilitator.

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  • 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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  • Do you have a burning question about this course, or would you like to know more about the qualification you’ll receive and how it will help your career?

    Our course enquiries team is on hand to help you understand any details and answer any questions – whether it’s about applying for the course or finding out about finance. Just get in touch here!

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