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Performing Arts HNC

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Performing Arts HNC (Full time)

This exciting course has been carefully tailored to prepare you for work in the professional industry. You will explore a wide range of alternative approaches to acting, as well as the naturalistic and classical acting styles, develop as a well-rounded performer, building a portfolio of experience vital for auditions. At the end of this course, you will leave with professional headshots, a voice-over showreel, an actor’s showreel, an actor’s CV and knowledge of how to acquire an agent.

Throughout the course there are lots of opportunities to see live performances and to work with industry professionals on projects, gaining experience and employment connections.

Our lecturers have trained in a wide range of disciplines, including Performing Arts, Musical Theatre, Professional Acting, Drama and Psychology. They have worked as professional performers for stage and screen and also have experience in costume design, running arts companies and writing and directing plays.

Course information

Entry requirements
  • Applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) English at grade C (grade 4) or above AND
  • A BTEC National Diploma or other relevant Level 3 qualification, preferably in a relevant subject OR
  • A minimum of one A-Level OR
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate OR
  • Appropriate industry experience (please provide details on application)

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32 – 48 points, based on your Level 3 studies. You will be invited to attend an audition that will include two audition speeches or one monologue and one song.

Please note that all students who wish to apply for this course who are non-native English speakers, or have not studied the final two years of school/college in English, must demonstrate capability in English to a standard commensurate to:

  • IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 being awarded on individual sections.
  • PTE Academic score of 42 to 49.
Course content

You will develop your acting skills through various styles, working in our state-of-the-art TV studio and vocal recording studios and exploring practitioners such as Alexander, Feldenkrais, Linklater, Fitzmaurice, Uta Hagen, Grotowski, Katie Mitchell and Frantic Assembly.

Our modular structure allows you to tailor the course to suit your career aspirations by combining musical theatre, dance, singing and acting for camera units alongside the core programme.

Working as a company you will prepare for public performances, both in the classic theatre setting but also in site-specific locations, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Assessment methods

Assessments vary from performances, presentations, essays, workshops and blogs. The course is 80% performance/practical and 20% theory.

Further study and career options

On completion of the HND, you will be prepared for a number of different pathways including auditioning for professional work, further study through a top-up to a BA (Hons) degree, or further courses at drama school.

Additional information

There will be a cost of approximately £400 to cover props, clothing, play scripts, books, printing costs and trips/visits.

For students studying on a full-time basis, you will be required to attend taught sessions at least three days a week, with a minimum of 15 hours of contact time with your lecturers. You will be self-motivated and will have an independent rehearsal schedule and study time built into your individualised weekly schedule.


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Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 16/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fees: £6,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

You could be eligible to take out a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Click on the link below to find out more about the financial support available for our Higher Education courses.

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

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Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.