Level 4 HNC in Performing Arts

Level 4 HNC in Performing Arts

Level 4 HNC in Performing Arts

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On completion of the HNC, there is the option to progress to a HND

Course information
If you are motivated and dedicated, with a passion for performing arts as well as an ambition to pursue a career in theatre, then this course is for you! Through it you will gain a wide variety of essential skills for working within the theatre industry or to continue your studies onto a HND and degree course in order to develop your skills further.

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts is aimed at combining creative and professional units to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in the performing arts. Those learners who progress to HND in Year 2 of their studies will undertake their Higher National Diploma will be able to specialise in one of four chosen fields: Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance or Technical Arts.

You will be tutored by teachers and practitioners working in the field with experience and knowledge across the industry. In addition, the College maintains strong links with local theatres, offering workshops and performance opportunities in partnership with these organisations. Additionally, guest lecturers from a variety of backgrounds are also invited to give you a valuable insight into real, professional and creative performing arts practice. The course has been developed in order to cover a broad range of skills and develop your understanding of how to create theatre for a contemporary audience.

Units you will study are:

  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Voice and Speech for Actors
  • Movement for Actors
  • Devising Theatre and Performance
  • Stagecraft
  • Professional Development

Where can this take me?

Successful completion of a Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts will provide you with a range of options when it comes to your progression. These include:

  • Applying to University to join in Year 2 of the relevant degree
  • Applying to University to study a full 3 Year degree
  • Applying to another University or College to top up to a full Higher National Diploma

How will we support your progression?

Through a series of initial 1:1 tutorials we will ascertain your preferred destination following your HNC. We will then support and guide you through the application, preparation, interview and funding stages that follow. Our lecturers have a wealth of experience when it comes to ensuring our learns are supporting to progress to the very highest level in their chosen industry.

Five GCSEs at Grade 4 (C in the old grading structure) or above, including English and at least one of the following:

- BTEC Level 3 Diploma (equating to a minimum of 80 UCAS points)
- A Levels including Performing Arts or Dance (min grade C) equating to a minimum of 48 UCAS points.

You will also need to present two strong audition pieces demonstrating performance capabilities.

Course fees: £5,225 per year

Loans & assistance are available from Student Services.

The decisions on applications for HE candidates are made by curriculum staff after interview, audition or portfolio review have taken place.

Course Summary

Length of study:
1 year 


UCAS code:

Study campus:

Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 4

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Career Assessment

Need help choosing the right career path? You’ll be given a series of activities related to a work environment. Your job is to slide the scale to the left or right depending on how much you like or dislike the given activity. You will receive recommendations based on your selections.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

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