3.1 How our programmes work

Final awards are based upon credit accumulation in alignment with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) now forms part of the Quality Assurance Agency’s Quality Code for Higher Education. Over the three years of full-time study, students are expected to complete and pass a total of 360 credits. Each year equates to one level of the FHEQ – in the case of undergraduate awards these are levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively. Each level comprises 120 credits and learning becomes increasing challenging as the student gain more expertise and progresses through each level.

All the College’s programmes are modular. A programme’s framework is based on multiples of 20 credits (although some programmes include short 10 credit modules). At Level 6, all programmes also include double weighted 40-credit modules.

The document that expresses the overarching programme structure, aims, learning outcomes and assessment strategy is the Programme Specification. This is supported by specifications for each module that similarly detail the module’s aims, intended learning outcomes (which map back to the programme learning outcomes) and how those learning outcomes are assessed.

All the programme module specifications for each programme can be found on the College’s Document Resource and Information System (DoRIS), part of the College’s VLE. (Also see below)

In order to place you teaching in context it is important that you read the Programme Specification and the module specification for any modules you are teaching on as part of your preparation.

The links below will take you directly to the appropriate programmes area of DoRIS. Here you will find programme and module specifications as well as general information relating to the programmes such as External Examiners’ and annual monitoring reports.

BA (Honours) Programmes


Actor Musicianship

American theatre Arts

European theatre Arts

Creative Lighting Control

Costume Production

Lighting Design

Performance Sound

Scenic Arts

Stage Management

Theatre Design

On-line Programmes

Opera Studies

Theatre Studies

Taught Postgraduate Programmes

PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Theatre and Performance

MA Ensemble Theatre

MA Theatre for Young Audiences

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education publishes subject benchmark statements for each discipline taught at degree level. The degree subjects at Rose Bruford adhere to the benchmark statements for:

  • Dance, Drama & the Performing Arts (2015);
  • Art and design/History of art, architecture and design (2016);
  • Music (2008);
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