Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

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Course information

The HND in Musical Theatre programme will build on the student’s previous
experience. It will allow the building of singing, dancing and acting experience
as well as develop the necessary skills to enable to stage, direct and perform.

The programme offers students an opportunity to undertake major performance
projects, learn advanced vocal techniques and apply acting skills in
performance, and gain experience with dance/movement contextualized practice. To
progress their skills as performers, facilitators and future musical theatre
professionals, students will lead, manage and create work for the department’s
own EnHaNCeD Undergraduate Performance Company, with the Level 4 students as the
ensemble company, in addition to performing themselves. They will initiate
projects, liaise with external agencies and deliver performance for a public
audience in the College’s own theatre and for local events and festivals.

Students will gain essential academic knowledge of research in theory and
practice methodologies, appropriate for those wishing to complete post graduate
study. Students will also have an opportunity to develop workshop leadership and
teaching skills in a variety of community and schools settings, under the
mentorship of experienced tutors.

Units Covered:

  • Creative Research Project

  • Working in the Performing Arts

  • Dance for Musical Theatre

  • Physical Theatre

  • Singing 2

  • Acting 2

  • Working in Creative Education

Skills and Knowledge Developed: The programme will develop students’ in-depth
understanding of musical theatre and the possibilities within the genre.
Students are challenged in their perceptions of how to create performance and
work towards developing their own directed musical, to be performed at the end
of the programme. Students will also develop skills across a variety of dance
styles and use these to inform their choreographic choices in their musical.
Within acting, students will gain a knowledge of the approaches of different
practitioners and how to apply these to their work across the three disciplines.
Alongside the many practical skills gained, students will develop
self-management, self-promotion and interpersonal skills, while improving their
reflective practice and evaluation skills. There will also be a number of
transferable skills gained over the course of the qualification in areas such as
problem solving, numeracy, IT and communication.

Special Features: Within the programme there are many opportunities for
learners to attain a level of professional practice. Strong links with community
organisations, arts festivals and creative industries will facilitate
industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide a chance for students to
acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and networking
opportunities. Learning is supported through a series of contextual visits,
including London, where students will have the opportunity to visit trade fairs,
participate in workshops and watch shows. There are also opportunities (through
our strong links with other arts organisations) to take part in workshops by
leading practitioners and companies.

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

HND Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)

Please note: this course will only run when there is a sufficient number of applicants.


Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

This course leads to...

This programme produces graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas. Progression is through direct entry into the industry or through further study at degree level.

Direct Entry onto BA Hons Top up Degree in Performing Arts at The City of Liverpool College or equivalent institutions.

Direct entry to Industry through audition and employment. HNC MT students have gone on to study at Level 5 at CoLC, Edge Hill, LIPA, and Urdang.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at 'C' or equivalent plus two A2 or three AS levels (related subjects) or equivalent - e.g. BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Musical Theatre.

BTEC Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts or equivalent level 4 qualification, along with relevant experience.

Applications from mature students will be considered on the basis of experience.

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

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Course ID: 159316

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


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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