Theatre and Performance with Enterprise BA

Year of entry

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UCAS code
Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
3 years full time
Work placement
Study abroad
Typical A-level offer
ABB (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
BBC at A level and a pass in the Access to Leeds module
Full entry requirements

Course overview

Five statues stand in the centre, all depicting the same female, however two of them are broken, only the legs remaining. At either side a group of women stand, facing forward, much like the statues.

Taught by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, in collaboration with Leeds University Business School, this course will develop your knowledge and understanding of theatre, performance, cultural industries and entrepreneurship.

You’ll develop your own creative practice working collaboratively in our specialist studios, in our on-campus professional theatre, stage@leeds, and through using digital technologies. You’ll also work with external partners and community groups and be introduced to a range of devising, creative, organisational and management techniques.

The course will explore the historical and cultural contexts of theatre, innovations in practice, performance design, arts management, cultural theory, performance technologies, composition and devising, and the wider impact of the creative and cultural industries.

At the same time, you’ll study modules in planning, managing innovation in business, development, creativity and social enterprise with the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies at Leeds University Business School.

Our graduates have progressed onto a wide variety of career destinations, including professional theatre and media, teaching, writing, event management, marketing and business as well as further academic study.

The course will allow you to reflect on the impact that performance has on societies and to develop a range of skills so that you can become an advocate of the creative arts and an entrepreneurial global citizen.

Additional highlights

The course offers a unique blend of study across performance, the cultural industries and the Leeds University Business School. It offers opportunities that set it apart from similar programmes both in the UK and internationally. Studying these areas together allows our students to develop:

  • the creativity of the artist
  • the insight of the cultural activist
  • the dynamism of the entrepreneur

These attributes prepare our graduates for a wide variety of employment destinations across the creative and cultural industries and beyond. Opportunities to connect with industry and professional practitioners are embedded within the course and the inclusion of enterprise modules delivered in conjunction with the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies develops specific skills in the areas of creativity, business development and finance.

There's strong appetite amongst the student community for enterprise education opportunities with one in three undergraduates at the University aspiring to run their own business at some point in their careers. Having access to enterprise opportunities is an increasingly important factor for students choosing their choice and the University has seen a growing number of students applying because of its strong enterprise offering.

The course is delivered in a practical environment that will enable you to take advantage of formal industry partnerships, such as those with Opera North and the Leeds Playhouse. It also offers the opportunity to get involved with the running of stage@leeds. Other initiatives, such as the School of Performance and Cultural Industries’ Industry Advisory Panel, make the context in which to study a dynamic and exciting one for students with entrepreneurial aspirations.

Collaboration with the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, part of the prestigious Leeds University Business School, provides a distinctive offer that ensures that students have access to the very best educational experience and support.

You'll study modules from the portfolio offered by the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies. This includes two compulsory modules that have been created especially for ‘with enterprise’ degree courses across the institution where you'll work with students from different disciplines who are also engaged in enterprising activities.

Opportunities to connect with industry and professional practitioners are embedded within the course and every student works in collaboration with external agencies and organisations as an integral part of their studies. A distinctive feature is an engagement with the social impact agenda, where you'll be invited to interrogate and practice the ways in which performance can make a difference to society and to consider themes such as sustainability, ethics, responsibility and inclusivity. The quality and diversity of these partnerships provide rich learning experiences that will enhance your future employability and an understanding of the impact that performance can make both within and beyond the theatre setting.

Modules taught in the School of Performance & Cultural Industries focus on 20th and 21st century practices and core studies. You’ll be introduced to key conceptual frameworks and methods for further theoretical and creative study. These are complemented by an exciting range of options and discovery modules that are rooted in staff specialisms and research activity.

After experiencing a range of different approaches to theatre and performance in the first year of study you'll be able to choose specialist modules to define your own learning journey towards the final year of study. You'll also have the option to broaden your experience and to strengthen global and cultural insights through choosing to study abroad at a partner institution, or to opt for an industry year.

The teaching team offers a wide variety of disciplinary specialisms from across the fields of performance and the cultural industries. These include: performer training, applied performance, movement and physical theatre, arts management, performance design, arts and cultural education, enterprise and cultural policy, history and dramaturgy, musical theatre and immersive performance, writing and textual analysis, devising and directing, interactive and digital performance.

The School has a wide range of external links with leading arts and cultural organisations including:

  • national and international touring theatre companies, DV8 Physical Theatre, Red Ladder and Blah Blah Blah
  • Leeds Playhouse (with which the University has a formal partnership)
  • award winning national opera company Opera North (with which the University has a formal partnership)
  • Leeds based companies including; Slung Low, Invisible Flock, Riptide, Manic Chord, Phoenix Dance Theatre, City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds Grand Theatre
  • TV film and digital companies and organisations: Channel 4, BBC, Limehouse Productions, Human VR, Live Cinema UK, Megaverse, XR Stories
  • independent artists and producers, Fuel Theatre, Louise Ann Wilson Company, I.O.U.
  • regional and city-based events including; Compass Festival, Leeds Light Night, Transform Festival, Yorkshire Festival, Leeds2023, Kendal Mountain Festival, Furnace Festival

The School’s relationship with the University’s public licensed professional theatre provides opportunities for you to become involved in its activities both, through the curriculum, as volunteers or as a member of one of the many Student Union performance societies. These opportunities provide a unique experience of working in a professional theatre environment within a university context.

Suitably qualified students can study abroad or opt for an industry year, thereby broadening your University of Leeds experience and strengthening global and cultural insights.

The School hosts the National Centre for Cultural Value, which works alongside cultural practitioners and organisations, academics, funders and policymakers to build a shared understanding of the differences that arts, culture, heritage and screen make to people’s lives and to society. The centre advocates for cultural policy and practice to be based on rigorous research and evaluation of what works and what needs to change.

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Specialist facilities

The School of Performance and Cultural Industries is based in stage@leeds, a purpose-built, landmark building located at the heart of the campus. We have three publicly licensed theatres. Stage One, our largest indoor space seats up to 180 and is equipped with the latest technologies. It hosts a wide range of work by students and visiting professional theatre companies. Our smaller theatre ‘The Alec Clegg Studio’ provides a technically advanced performance research facility. We also have a flexible licensed outdoor theatre space.

The stage@leeds building also contains a dance studio, dressing rooms, meeting rooms, box office, foyer and bar. Other facilities in the School include rehearsal rooms, two fully equipped black-box studios, costume construction and wardrobe stores, scenic workshop, fully equipped A/V suites for video editing and sound recording. Specialist equipment also includes: media servers, digital projectors and screens, VR headsets, binaural audio recorders, microphones and 360-degree video cameras and a range of specialist software. You'll be supported in using these facilities by our experienced technical team.

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Course details

Year 1

You'll be provided with the knowledge and understanding of fundamental theories and approaches in theatre and performance, as well as exploring them through different modes of practice. You’ll also choose from modules on different aspects of business and social enterprise and explore further aspects of the cultural and creative industries.

Year 2

You’ll continue developing your creative practice and theoretical understandings across a wide variety of creative industries and enterprise contexts. You'll create performances and workshops for an external organisation and learn to apply different research methods and think about the political, historical, technological, social and cultural contexts of performance practices. Compulsory study of enterprise includes modules focused on entrepreneurship theory and practice and organisational planning.

Year 3

You’ll have developed independence in both your practice and research, producing research-based independent projects. With support from your tutor, you’ll negotiate and undertake a major enterprise project. You’ll also undertake a smaller project based either in written research or performance practice.

Other modules will allow you to explore and focus on important issues relating to the contemporary arts and cultural sector and enterprise, consultancy and business development strategies. Throughout the course you’ll take optional modules to gain a wide range of experiences. These will develop your specialist skills, from directing and performance design, to arts marketing and digital cultures.

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

Most courses consist of compulsory and optional modules. There may be some optional modules omitted below. This is because they are currently being refreshed to make sure students have the best possible experience. Before you enter each year, full details of all modules for that year will be provided.

For more information and a list of typical modules available on this course, please read Theatre and Performance with Enterprise BA in the course catalogue.

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Studying Theatre and Performance 20
Studio Practices 20
Performance Matters 20
Performance Project: From Text to Performance 20

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Introduction to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 10
Understanding Social Enterprises 10
Starting Your Own Business 10
Managing Festivals and Events 20
Exploring the Performing Arts 20
Stage Management 20

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
New Enterprise Planning 20
Creative Practices 20
Reflection and research 20
Performance Project 2: Collaborative Project 20

Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice 10
Leading and Managing Small Businesses 10
Managing Innovation in Business 10
Opera North: Opera in Practice 20
Theatre Directing 20
Arts Marketing 20
Interactive and Immersive Performance 20
Towards the Future: Skills in Context 20
Digital Performance Practices and the Body 20

Year 3 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Enterprise Project 40
Performance Futures 20

Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Enterprise Consultancy 20
Critical Perspective in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 20

Learning and teaching

Your tutors will have a wide range of performance, research and scholarship expertise that informs their teaching. We use a wide range of innovative learning an teaching methods to help you develop your creative skills and expand your knowledge.

This includes: studio practice and workshops in practice-based modules, lectures, seminars and self-directed experimentation, tutorials and group learning. Collaboration is a vital skill in the creative arts and the course fosters an inclusive and active approach to learning with reflective learning instilled as a key skill from the beginning of your studies.

Independent study is an important part of the degree, since this is where you develop your critical and research skills. This could be in a library, in a specialist studio, or working with specific digital technologies for example, depending on each module.

Learning is supported through Minerva, our virtual learning environment and through our expert technical staff and your Academic Personal Tutor. The University library is one of the very best in the country and offers full training to help you make the most of our excellent resources.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


We use a range of assessment methods, depending on the type of modules studied and the learning outcomes that are specified. This includes a mixture of live, digital and online performances, presentations, essays, reports and portfolios with reflective writing, depending on the theoretical and practical elements of each module. Each mode of assessment underpins specific transferable skills and relates to likely future modes of work and career needs.

Assessments will often require you to synthesise evidence from a variety of sources (eg lectures, seminars, own research, practical experimentation and wider reading) and to apply the knowledge gained in new contexts. For presentations and performances, you'll be required to work collaboratively with peers within a small group, often responding to a brief to produce work for a specific audience.

In creative work, we encourage experimentation and risk-taking and expect you to be able to reflect critically on your own development of skills. Assessments are designed to be fair, meaningful and inclusive, often relating directly to professional and industry practice and with a significant amount of choice and flexibility built in. In the final year of study, you'll be able to negotiate elements of how you will study, what you will create and produce and how you wish to be assessed.

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

We would normally expect at least one essay/discursive subject within the range of A-level subjects taken.

If you’re taking an EPQ qualification, we may make an alternative offer one A-level grade below that of our standard offer with a grade A in the EPQ.

GCSE: usually 5 at 4-9, including English at grade 4 or above.

Other course specific tests:

We interview all eligible applicants for this programme.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

The Diploma must be in a relevant subject with 60 credits overall, with at least 45 credits at level 3 to include 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit


At BTEC Level 3 or equivalent, DDM with relevant subject and content balance. BTEC qualifications in combination with others will also be considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

M1, M1, M2 or D3, M2, M3.

Pre-U qualifications will also be accepted in combination with other qualifications such as A-levels.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall including 6 at Higher Level in a relevant subject area, and 16 points overall from Higher Level subjects.

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

  • BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers
  • B in an Advanced Higher and AAABB in Highers
  • AABBBB in Highers

Welsh Baccalaureate

We can consider the Individual Project Element of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate, and offer BBB + Distinction in the Independent Project (instead of ABB).

Other Qualifications

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma: Distinction.

European Baccalaureate: 75%.

We consider alternative profiles and experience as long as you can demonstrate that you’re suitable for the programme. We welcome applications from mature students and entry requirements can be flexible in these cases.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is a contextual admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and contextual admissions.

Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year

This course is designed for students whose backgrounds mean they are less likely to attend university (also known as widening participation backgrounds) and who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry to a degree.

The course will give you the opportunity to be taught by academic staff and provides intensive support to enable your development of academic skills and knowledge. On successful completion of your foundation year, you will progress to your chosen degree course. Find out more about the Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.


UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £26,000 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will be £9,250 for students starting in 2024/25.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only, as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2025/26
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2025/26 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. When the fee is available we will update individual course pages.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2024/25 and 2025/26
Tuition fees for international students for 2024/25 are available on individual course pages. Fees for students starting in 2025/26 will be available from September 2024.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

You'll be expected to maintain an awareness of contemporary creative practice in theatre and performance. Accordingly, there is an expectation that you will attend live performances and screenings as part of your commitment to engaging with professional practice. You should allocate an amount of your own funds (approximately £25) to attend live performances one or more times during each semester.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

Read our guidance about applying.

Next steps

We select applicants on the basis of your UCAS application and are looking for a strong personal statement and suitable grades.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

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Career opportunities

A degree in Theatre and Performance with Enterprise equips you with valuable subject knowledge, cultural awareness and an understanding of the performance and cultural industries. It also gives you transferable skills that are particularly attractive to employers. These include leadership, working collaboratively as part of a creative team, presentational and organisational skills, people and resources management, critical analysis, negotiation and conflict resolution, and digital creativity.

As well as your understanding of performance and the theories behind it, you’ll develop strong research and analytical skills. You’ll be a confident communicator, who can present and defend your point of view clearly, either verbally or in writing. You’ll be able to collaborate with others or work independently and you’ll understand how your experiences on the course and in co-curricular activities can translate to future employment opportunities.

The cultural and creative industries offer a wide range of opportunities for our graduates who have gone onto pursue a wide variety of careers in many different sectors. These include: writing, performing, directing, production, teaching, events management, digital technologies, arts administration, marketing, media, cultural policy, PR, community arts work and outreach, education and drama therapy.

However, you’ll also acquire the skills for professional roles outside of the sector such as human resources, health care, social work, finance, law and business. Many of our graduates progress to postgraduate study and research in related disciplines, including our own wide range of MA degrees, that include: Applied Theatre and Intervention, Performance Design, Writing for Performance and Digital Media, Audiences, Engagement & Participation, Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

Recent graduate job titles include: theatre director (RSC, West-End, Broadway, Regional, Touring), museum interpreter, performer (film, television, theatre), arts administrator, producer, marketing assistant, postgraduate researcher, drama therapist, theatre company director, arts festival assistant producer, teacher, university lecturer, festival co-ordinator, arts outreach worker, recruitment officer, designer, casting agent, disability awareness trainer, corporate relations manager, marketing leadership development graduate, freelance artist and theatre-maker.

Careers support

The School has a strong commitment to enhancing student employability. We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one and several modules have a focus on developing specific skills towards future employment opportunities. That’s just one of the reasons University of Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

As part of your studies, you'll also have access to many opportunities to help with your career prospects including a range of industry talks, networking events and placement opportunities. You can also develop transferable skills through supporting your fellow students as a Peer Mentor or acting as a student course or school representative and contributing to the school community through engagement in the student-staff partnership forum.

Your own Academic Personal Tutor in tandem with Leeds for Life and My Career offers a unique approach to helping you make the most of University life by supporting your academic and personal development and offering a wide range of co-curricular activities and opportunities. We benefit from close support from the specialist employability team within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures and the Careers Centre, which host regular events focused on working in the arts and the creative and cultural industries. You’ll receive a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

In your second year of study, you’ll have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. We have over 300 University partnerships worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, South Africa and Latin America. 

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you’ll have the option to choose to undertake a placement module during your second year of study, and to apply to take a placement year with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas. In recent years students have worked with theatre and events companies, broadcasters, arts organisations and major international companies such as L’Oréal and Paramount Pictures.

Student profile: Cyrill Apelo

The courses’ academic and practical diversity, mixed with the idea of Leeds being my home for the next three years was exciting to me.
Find out more about Cyrill Apelo's time at Leeds