Course Info

HNC in Performing Arts

Entry Qualifications

See Standard Entry Qualifications.

All Performing Arts courses require an audition, interview and written essay. Where possible, we seek to support you in reaching your goal and so will always discuss your personal experience and options. However, it is expected that you will have at least one of the following: 48-64 UCAS tariff points Level 3 qualification in Performing Arts or a related area GCE Advanced level profile, which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject.


1 Year

Course Content

“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking”.

You will be supported in selecting the perfect study pathway for you, whether it be Acting or Musical Theatre.

Working through project based units to achieve the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Performing Arts

(Qualification credit value: 120 credits) you will explore acting and/or musical theatre styles as diverse as Greek theatre and Sondheim, Shakespeare and Lin-Manuel Miranda; Butterworth and Larson.

Industry experienced staff and visiting professionals will be taking you through a wide range of specialised performance techniques and skills, underpinned by a solid theoretical framework. Units will be selected to best support the skill set of the group and intended destinations, such as Drama School, University or directly into the industry.

The course will take you through the core units: creative arts, professional practice and creative arts research skills, with your project based approach enabling you to study a further six units, exploring many such areas as acting for camera, singing for musical theatre, classical acting, acting for Musical Theatre, Commercial Dance, movement for the actor, dancing for musical theatre, musical theatre performance and theatre directing, Dance for Musical Theatre. It is this degree of artistic range which will challenge you, and the high quality of teaching in very small groups, which will support you – to find your place in the art.


The nature of Performing Arts requires its practitioners and students to work collaboratively, with sensitivity, imagination, dedication and creativity. Such a dynamic course as this will inspire creative debate and often the re-contextualisation of well-known texts with a contemporary setting. You will be supported with the freedom to explore creatively and encouraged to challenge theatrical ‘norms’ as you develop your own personal artistic expression. Much of this will be observed by your tutors and a combination of nurturing and assessment will support your creative development.

Additional assessments will exist in the form of performances which will follow a professional brief, underpinned by research projects, online portfolios and presentations.

Special Features

You will have an opportunity to be involved in our Season of plays and musicals as well as take full advantage of the rich and varied enrichment programme, which includes: Glee Club, Audition Technique, Stage Combat, Dance (Various styles) and Wider Cultural Development.

Course Format

This is a full time programme, you will sit an exam for each of the first 4 units and a Synoptic exam that covers all the units; you must pass all the exams to gain the qualification. You will learn through a variety of methods which will aim to meet the needs of each individual and accommodate different learning styles for example, case studies, assessments, group work, practical work, projects and interactive activities.


On successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto:

University/Drama School full BA Degree courses

The Performing Arts Industry

Other industry options, which frequently include: Workshop leader, Sales & Marketing, Life Coaching and more.