Performing Arts (Acting) — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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Course information

This Performing Arts (Acting) HNC is suited to potential students who are
determined to work within the sphere of the dramatic arts, providing them with
opportunities to explore a wide range of different areas where they would like
to progress in drama.

The modules of specialist study, each taught by an experienced industry
practitioner, include:

  • Development of Acting Skills

  • The Performing Arts Industry

  • Acting for Camera

  • Movement

  • Final Major Performance

Extra-Curricular activities/opportunities: There will be many opportunities
to engage in practical and professional work through strong links with the local
creative arts hub, which include links with local theatres, arts organisations,
guest practitioners and working professionals.

Skills and Knowledge Developed: The programme develops a deep understanding
of the relationship between the actor, director, scriptwriter/deviser and the
performance environment, by developing the student’s ability to respond
creatively to the needs of theatrical performance. Students are equipped with
the skills necessary to translate a director’s vision through the development,
look and practical requirements of on-stage characters and performers, thereby
providing back-story and insight into character. The group will function and be
treated as a professional ensemble theatre company and they will learn and
develop skills in creative collaboration, leadership, research and the formation
and implementation of creative concepts. The modules also deliver a theoretical,
historical and cultural basis for the concepts explored, arming graduates with a
fundamental basis and background of a wide range of theatrical and artistic

Students receive a broad spectrum of insights into the permutations of the
modern arts industry and are able to adapt to current and shifting trends.
Students are treated as professionals, by professionals, and regular exposure to
the local theatre culture will assist in developing up-to-date, cutting edge
recognition and understanding of the requirements of the arts industry. This
will, in turn, help graduates demonstrate a high aesthetic, a strong skill set,
a capacity to recognise occasions to exploit opportunities and a strong
theoretical understanding of the principles of the arts industry.

Special Features: Within the scheme, there is opportunity for learners to
attain a level of professional practice. Strong links to the creative industries
and the acting and degree programmes will facilitate industry-related briefs and
real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional
work ethics, time planning skills and working within a creative team. Learning
is supported through a series of contextual visits, including local theatres, a
variety of performances and project-specific research trips, which have
previously included locations ranging from Portmeirion to Poland. Guest speakers
and workshops with professional practitioners/companies are also scheduled into
the programme. Performances may take place in a variety of spaces, including
studios, a college theatre and HD multi-camera TV studio, fully equipped for
professional performance, local theatres and arts facilities, and site-specific

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Performing Arts (Acting) Programme Handbook (19-20)

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting)

This course leads to...

This programme produces graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas, and progression will be through direct entry into the industry or through further study at HND or degree level.

Entry Requirements

• Relevant level 3 qualification, A-level, BTEC or equivalent in an appropriate discipline
• GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent
• National certificate or diploma at Merit standard, or a minimum of two A-levels at grade C or above.

We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. Non-standard entry to courses will be at the discretion of the programme leader.
All applicants are given the opportunity to attend an audition, date of which is dependent on time of application.

Audition requirements for applicants include:

• A prepared contemporary or classical monologue of no more than three minutes in length
• A five minute prepared presentation, demonstrating evidence of research, organisation and practiced delivery
• A formal Interview.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend, we will view your work online. Recordings of performance/presentations are welcome (although attendance at audition is preferred) and in some cases, an interview can be carried out over the phone.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

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Course ID: 157856

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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