Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are £9,000 per year for our undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes (FdA, BA, Top Up, MA & MSc).

What's included?

The amount of money you would be paying for a Backstage education can be very daunting. Don’t worry, we’ve written a handy breakdown of everything you do and don’t get for your fees!

  • Education
    • Compulsory Field trips and visits as part of your course
    • Masterclasses from Industry Professionals
    • Opportunities to connect with our industry partners
    • Opportunities to undertake internships and/or work placements at Production Park and on live events during the holidays
    • Resitting an assessment
    • Learning Resource Centre facilities, including books and study space
    • IT facilities including wifi, specialist software and open access
    • IT labs
    • Organisation, invigilation and marking of exams and coursework
    • Access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, materials and technology
  • Services and student experiences
    • Careers advice
    • A dedicated student support team who will help you with disability support, housing and financial advice
    • On site professional counselling service
    • Admission, registration and timetabling
    • Graduation ceremony ticket
    • Maintenance of buildings and campus areas
    • Access to the work opportunities portal
    • Scheduled Freshers’ Week activities
    • Discounts with local partners
    • Regular events for students
  • What's not included?
    • Accommodation
    • Food, drink and entertainment
    • Travel costs for field trips and visits
    • Repeating a module in a new academic year
    • Hire of graduation gown and guest tickets for your graduation ceremony
    • Freshers’ Week pack
    • Membership of sports clubs and societies
    • Personal Protective Equipment (steel toe capped boots, Hi-Viz jacket, gloves & hard hat are compulsory for practical sessions)
    • Personal tool kit
    • Personal computer & software

Student Loans

Undergraduate Programmes

UK students studying for their first undergraduate degree may be eligible to receive a tuition fee loan, as well as a maintenance loan to cover the cost of living while studying. You only start to pay back the tuition fee and maintenance loan once you have graduated and are earning over £25,000. Please apply for your financial support as soon as possible as it can take several months to process your application. If you have previously received funding to study at HE Level 4 or 5 then you will not be eligible for student finance, but may qualify for a career development loan.

Postgraduate Programmes

You can get funding for postgraduate study through loans, studentships, bursaries and grants - you might also get help from your employer. 

For more information on student finance, please visit Student Finance England.


As part of our commitment to access and widening participation, we offer a range of bursary and additional financial support for prospective students. There is also a hardship fund available to eligible students who experience financial crisis.

To find out more, please contact us on 01977 659880 or email

Need help?

If you have any questions about support at Backstage Academy or would like to find out more, please contact us on 01977 659880 or email

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