Wilkes Academy is a place of study in Swindon and offer a three-year, full-time vocational course designed to prepare you for the performing arts industry. See below for further details of our offer.

As part of the 3-year course you can also enrol on the following course:

RSL Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts

Entry Requirements

  • Completed application form sent directly to Wilkes Academy

  • A successful audition and interview at Wilkes Academy
  • 4x GCSEs Grade 4 or above

    The following units are covered in the RSL qualification:
  • Performance preparation
  • Planning for a career in the creative and performing arts
  • Applying safe dance practice 
  • Choreography
  • Rhythm & tap
  • Acting through song
  • Musical theatre audition preparation
  • Musical theatre performance

BA Hons in Musical Theatre – validated by Staffordshire University
Full Time
3 Years

Units include:

  • Toolkit for Success
  • Acting for Musical Theatre 
  • Dance and Movement 
  • Performance Studies 
  • Vocal Studies
  • Understanding the Performing Arts Industry 
  • Advanced Practical Skills for Musical Theatre 
  • Advanced Performance Studies
  • Traditional Musical Theatre Production
  • Contemporary Musical Theatre Production
  • Industry Investigation
  • Performance Showcase 
  • Innovative Performance 
  • Your Promotional Portfolio

Click below to read more about our degree course in our brochure:

BA Hons Musical Theatre Brochure

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the course are:-

  • 64 UCAS points
  • A successful audition and interview at Wilkes Academy

Please apply directly to UCAS by clicking here or below. Do NOT use the Wilkes Academy application form, as this is for the diploma and BTEC students only.


We strive to ensure that all of our students leave with a vocational qualification in Musical Theatre and are fully equipped for a career in the most demanding of industries. More emphasis is put on the idea of a ‘triple-threat’ performer than ever before and this is why all three major disciplines are covered in equal measure.

All of our students are provided with the most detailed and extensive of training programs, with their own skills, strengths and needs being considered every step of the way.


Expert tuition in the art of professional musical theatre singing is an essential part of every student’s courseStudents are given the opportunity to have one to one tuition with our expert teaching faculty as well as group work. Our teacher’s look at every area of the singer’s development and practical classes include: the voice and vocal development, harmony, audition technique, sight-reading, acting through song, musical theatre repertoire and performance technique.


Acting is at the heart of everything we do on stage, storytelling is vitally important in all aspects of theatre including singing and dance and therefore we put a strong emphasis on good actor training. Practical classes include: devising and improvisation, classical text study, scene study, sight reading, verse speaking, voice, acting for screen, mask and puppetry, contemporary theatre, physical theatre and clowning, stage combat and extensive audition technique.


Dance is something we take incredibly seriously at the Academy. Every day some of the most highly renowned teachers come to join us from all over the country. The foundation of all dance is ballet and all students have classes in classical ballet with the option to study further for those who have a particular aptitude and skill level. Other practical classes include: pointe work, tap, modern, jazz, commercial, lyrical and contemporary. We also offer all our students the opportunity to complete their ISTD and RAD qualifications in ballet, tap and modern.

Othe subjects we offer include:

  • Gymnastics
  • Make up
  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Television presenting
  • Regular professional workshops
  • Audition technique

The College aims to provide the broadest possible musical theatre and dance training and giving each student invaluable personal attention.

This enables them to graduate with professional confidence secure in the knowledge that they are prepared for whatever the industry demands of them.

The duration of our course are three years and the minimum age of entry is 16.

For more information on how to apply