Course Type / Attendance

Full Time, Higher Education

Subject Area

Performing Arts

Start Date

January and September

Course Length

2 Years




Adult, Higher Education



Course Level


Award to be received

HND Performing Arts (Performance)

Regulatory Body


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Who is this course for?

This HND develops skills and knowledge that are relevant for acting, performing, theatre/event production, and theatre in education. Practical experience and performances are core elements of the course.

This course is for people who are considering a vocation within the drama industry and who wish to gain a deeper insight into theatre.

What do you need to apply for the course?

A minimum of 48 UCAS points to apply for the course.

It is essential you have a level 2 in English and also desirable that you have at least a level 2 qualification maths.

Academic qualifications     :

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Dance
  • Other related level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate received from an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience.
  • Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.


All candidates will be interviewed and required to undertake an audition.

What are the key things you'll learn?

The units covered include:

Year 1

  • Creative Arts Professional Practice (Mandatory)
  • Creative Arts Research Skills (Mandatory)
  • Innovative Theatre Performance Work
  • Physical Theatre Performance
  • Site Specific Performance
  • Development of Acting Skills
  • Devising Performance
  • Naturalistic Acting

Year 2

  • Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts
  • Historical Context in the Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts Workshop Leadership
  • Small Scale Touring in the Performing Arts
  • Applied Contemporary Practice
  • Theatre Directing
  • Alternative Approaches to Acting
  • Movement for the Actor


How you will learn

The course is split into practical 60% and theory 40%, allowing those who wish to be performers to gain the practical experience and those who wish to take another route in the industry to be equipped with the skills and academic knowledge needed. All practical work is underpinned with academic work.

Teaching methods include creative projects, skills training, lectures, seminars, workshops and e-learning.

Assessment methods include evaluations of performances and skills, as well as coursework, essays and projects.

Where could this course take you?

At the end of the course, you could immediately apply for roles that involve performing, teaching, arts administration or community arts.

If you choose to continue your studies at the end of the course, there is a natural progression to the BA (Hons) degree.  This would ‘top-up’ your qualification to an honours degree, with one year of additional study at a University.

What costs will you incur?

2017 Tuition fee: £5,999 per year

Other course costs:

Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three installments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists however the College Learning Centre have an excellent range of all books suggested within your units studied.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.

Students will be expected to fund field trips and master classes throughout their time on the course, some of these will be mandatory and some optional. The cost of these experiences will vary from £3- £600 (£600 if the student would like to participate in the New York Trip).

Mandatory trip costs will not exceed approximately £200 per year.