Performing Arts (Inclusive) - HNC

Start Date: 22 September 2022
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time
Suitable for: School Leavers, Adults
Location: Centre for Business, Arts and Technology, Camden Road

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Our Performing Arts (Inclusive) HNC provides a professionally-focused, community-embedded qualification, for moving into work or onto further study in areas such as applied theatre. 

This course is delivered in collaboration with Angel Shed Theatre Company, a barrier-breaking inclusive theatre organisation resident in City and Islington College's Centre for Business, Arts and Technology, Camden Road. Benefitting from strong partnerships with internationally renowned theatres and prestigious arts organisations across London, this course specialises in providing both performance and facilitation training that is fully relevant to the contemporary performing arts landscape.

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 gain hands-on work experience in inclusive performing arts practice within and alongside your general programme of study, providing a unique insight into additional career routes within the performing arts industry. You will participate in Angel Shed’s weekly sessions as a practitioner, working with children and young people of all backgrounds and abilities, offering you the opportunity to learn from Angel Shed’s professional team and creatively apply your training in a real working context.

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.


This course consists of 8 units and includes 3 placements with Angel Shed across the year. Of the 8 units, 2 will be core, with 3 specialist units delivered by CANDI, and 3 by Angel Shed. Two placements will be directly linked to, and assessed as part of, the units ‘Devising Theatre and Performance’ and ‘Movement for Actors’. The third placement will be an opportunity for you to specialise in one area of interest (e.g. Music, Key Stage 1 children).

Topics covered can include:

  • Performing Arts Industry (CANDI)
  • Specialist - Acting 1 (CANDI)
  • Specialist - Voice and Speech for Actors ​or Singing 1 (CANDI)
  • Specialist - Devising Theatre and Performance (Angel Shed)
  • Professional Development (CANDI)
  • Specialist - Acting for the Camera (CANDI)
  • Specialist - Movement for Actors (Angel Shed)
  • Specialist - Investigation of Specialism (Angel Shed)


You will need:

  • To be aged 18 or older
  • 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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