Performing Arts - HNC

Start Date: 20 September 2021
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time
Suitable for: Adults
Location: Centre for Business, Arts and Technology, Camden Road

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Course code: W470 - Institution code: C65

Our Performing Arts HNC provides a professionally-focused, industry-based qualification for moving into work or onto further study.

Benefitting from strong partnerships with local theatres, acting agents and creative organisations within Islington and Camden, this course specialises in providing actor and theatre training that is relevant and current.

You will learn physical and vocal performance skills as well as looking in-depth at a range of acting and performance techniques. Making creative work as part of a company will be an integral part of the programme, as will regular input from external practitioners and experts, giving you a comprehensive understanding of this industry.

You will also take performance work out on tour to different communities and will perform work that is responsive to current local, national and global issues. You will be supported to enhance your individual characteristics and develop your talents so that you are fully prepared to present yourself to the professional industry.

Our teachers are planning for the safest ways to deliver this course from September. We're doing everything we can to ensure you receive a great learning experience with all the support you need to succeed. 

We are planning to deliver this course in a flexible, mixed format – blending online lessons with face-to-face teaching – as and when we feel that, on the basis of Government advice and our own risk assessments, it is safe to do so. We’ll continue to review our plans and keep you updated on changes as your course progresses.

For this course, our plans for a flexible, mixed format mean that:

  • 80% of this course will be delivered face-to-face onsite, with 20% taking place online
  • practical training will take place onsite in our two large performance spaces, in a carefully-controlled, risk-assessed environment to keep you safe (special arrangements will also be made for students in circumstances that don’t allow them to attend onsite)
  • when onsite, students will work in defined 'bubbles', minimising exposure to other groups of students
  • where practical activities may not be possible, for example taking performance work out on tour, alternatives will be provided to ensure you develop the equivalent repertoire of skills 
  • relevant theory sessions will be delivered online - for the first semester at least - led by our expert lecturers 
  • some group work may continue in online form, allowing you to collaborate with your peers, support each other and produce work together using relevant digital platforms
  • tutorials and one-to-ones will be delivered online, providing you with a high level of support and the opportunity to work with your tutor 
  • you will have access to relevant library services and the digital resources and platforms you need to participate successfully in your course
  • direct access to a range of support systems will also be available to help you with any personal difficulties

Please note, the ‘Singing - 1’ module may be subject to change for this academic year – this will be confirmed by October 2020.  


Topics covered can include:

  • Professional Development (Mandatory)
  • Performing Arts Industry (Mandatory)
  • Devising Theatre and Performance
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Voice and Speech Development and Practice
  • Acting - 1
  • Singing - 1 (subject to change for this academic year - to be confirmed by October)
  • Acting to Camera


You will need:

  • A strong GCE A Level profile, including strong performance in a relevant subject, or
  • An appropriate full Level 3 qualification, such as Advanced GNVQ/AVCE, NVQ, National Diplomas, Baccalaureate or Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in five subjects at higher level, passes in Open University courses or a Merit profile for a recognised Access course
  • Supporting passes at GCSE including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above

If you have have significant professional or other qualifications and appropriate work experience you may be considered and are encouraged to apply, as are those wishing to formalise their experience, or update skills, knowledge and understanding. In addition, evidence of personal skills and qualities through your personal statement and references will be considered.

If you have gained previous qualifications outside of the UK, you will need equivalent qualifications to those above. The equivalence of qualifications from outside of the UK will be determined according to NARIC guidance.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide an IELTS exam report with a score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each area) or equivalent English qualification.


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Some modules may contain at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Method of assessment

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the modules that form part of your course. The majority of the courses offered at the college use coursework as the main method of assessment. Further information regarding the methods of assessment for your course can be obtained from the Course Manager.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We normally aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 10 working days of hand-in.


Tuition Fees

£6,000 per year

Additional Costs

In addition to the annual tuition fees, there may be additional costs associated with your programme including:

  • Ad hoc day trips/excursions e.g. visits to employers or exhibitions. Students may incur additional travel costs and on some occasions, entrance fees


The course prepares you for work in the performing arts industry in areas such as musical theatre, theatre, TV and film.

There is also the possibility of advancing onto a university degree programme.

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