BA (Hons) in Inclusive Performance - Top Up Year

The Top-Up Year Programme ‘Inclusive Theatre - From Performance to Project' builds on achievements and learning outcomes from previous study at Degree level, allowing students to achieve a full BA (Hons) in Inclusive Performance.

In recent years Chickenshed has developed a strong reputation both nationally and internationally for creating successful issue-based performance work that has had a real and lasting impact. By joining this course you will become part of a team who continue to make a difference to people through theatre.

We believe that Theatre is for everyone and has the power to change lives for the better, whichever issues individuals face in their lives. The BA course actively explores this belief and asks important questions about the role of inclusive theatre. Can it make an impact on an issue and the individuals and groups involved in that issue? How do we know? How can we use theatre to find out?

Course structure

The Top-Up year programme engages students to work independently and proactively through advanced analysis, critical reflection and evaluation of performance and project material both within Chickenshed and through Outreach Projects.

Two 60 Credit Modules form the basis of the BA (Hons):

  • Module One allows students to take a devised Issue based Performance to various target groups in order to create impact and obtain feedback which will help the students to change and adapt the piece.
  • Module Two enables students to plan, deliver and evaluate an inclusive theatre workshop project to an identified target group
  • Module Three you will discuss and learn employability skills to then go on a work placement to use your Inclusive theatre skills in the one of the Organisations in Chickensheds Professional Partnership Network

Understanding the needs of the target group in relation to the wider community and promoting social are at the heart of these workshops. The skills learnt over the course of the year will not only support you in your professional development; they have the potential to leave a lasting impact on the people involved.


As the BA (Hons) is a Top-Up year all applicants must hold the Foundation Degree in Inclusive Performance. It may be possible for students in Community based performance or similar programmes to access the Top Up Year to complete the full BA (Hons) Degree. Cases would be looked at on an individual basis.

Course Fees

Course Fees for the Top-Up Year for academic year 2017/18 were set at £8,500 but we are able to offer a £2,335 bursary to all successful applicants. This is automatically deducted from the total before billing. You should therefore apply to Student Finance England for £6,165 to cover this cost.

Further information about the Tuition Fee system and administration for students beginning their HE study can be found on our Student Finance page.


Applications for 2019/20 are open.

Take a look at our BA (Hons) course overview and Admissions Policy for more detailed information about the course and download an application form to begin your application. Learn more about the BA (Hons) and life as a Chickenshed student at one of our open days.

BA Hons Course Overview



See more information on the BA (Hons) Information Booklet including our Complaints Procedure. A full version of the Complaints Procedure is available upon request.

Take a look at the FAQ section of our course booklet or contact our Education Team directly.



Telephone: 020 8216 2741

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This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by Chickenshed Theatre Company, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University