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Performing Arts (Acting) HNC

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1 Year
Costs (per year)
Institution Code
Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
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If you are dreaming of performing in the West End, or on tour, you will join thousands working in the performing arts industry in the UK. Jobs as actors are available across a wide range of settings including tv, film, regional theatres, theme parks, cruise ships, corporate sectors as well as in schools.

Our HNC in Performing Arts (Acting) will equip you with the skills to become a freelance performance practitioner with a focus on triple-threat performing skills. Projects will include taking shows on tour and delivering workshops at venues across Yorkshire. Develop your professional practice and improve your movement, acting and singing skills while learning about creative arts research, workshop leadership and how to create exciting immersive performances.

The nationally recognised HNC Performing Arts is aimed at those with experience and/or genuine interest in acting and performance. It will allow you to develop your skills in movement, acting, voice and stagecraft. Taking part in performances in our versatile performing arts studio as well as in the community, you will work co-operatively in teams experiencing opportunities for leadership and take part in innovative and creative approaches in workshops, classes, rehearsal and performance.

The HNC is a nationally recognised qualification in its own right and is the first year of an HND course. Progression to the HND will be offered providing there are a sufficient number of students.

Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS tariff points
  • Interview
  • English and Maths GCSE grade 4 (C) or above
  • Students without the necessary qualifications but with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply for an interview

What you will study

  • Professional Development
  • Acting 1
  • Voice and Speech for Actors
  • Acting for Camera
  • Movement
  • Devising Theatre and Performance
  • Crewing

You will receive feedback on your formal assessments within four working weeks of the submission date.  Your overall grade for the course and your Higher National Certificate classification is based on the grades obtained for all the units studied. More information can be found here: Student Information > Regulations

How you will study...

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and practical activities that help to embed learning and appeal to a variety of learning styles. Your learning will be supported by Microsoft Teams, an on-line electronic resource platform managed by your module tutors, by the excellent Learning Hub at the Aireville Campus in addition to the College’s Study Support Centre. Average class sizes for HE courses are usually between 6 and 15 students.

You will need to undertake significant independent study outside of taught sessions. You will spend the equivalent of 7 hours per week in College, attending informative lectures, workshops and tutorials. Alongside this, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours of independent study each week, such as reading journal articles and books, undertaking research from academic and technical texts and preparing for assessments.

What's Next?

Further Study

  • Successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts provides the opportunity for a wide range of other academic programmes including progression to the Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts and any other art-related Honours Degree programmes


This qualification may provide links to the industry-related and employer-supported apprenticeship schemes that can provide further opportunities for enhanced employability.

To apply for a full-time higher education programme, please apply via UCAS.
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