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Performing Arts (Acting) HND

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1 Year
Costs (per year)
Institution Code
Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
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With an emphasis on practical and vocational work, students will hone their acting skills through workshop sessions and rehearsals, whilst taking part in major practical projects and public performances.

The most significant features of the course are the performance projects and collaborative productions with other established organisations. These have previously included public performances at Craven Arts House, Skipton Town Hall and others.

The course is industry facing and ensures that its graduates develop a portfolio of skills around their core acting skills so that they can have a sustained and successful career in the performing arts.

Entry Requirements

  • 240 credits from Performing Arts HNC or other Level 4 qualification in a relevant subject area
  • English and Maths GCSE grade 4 (C) or above
  • Interview & Audition

What you will study

  • Creative Research Project
  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry
  • Acting 2
  • Immersive Theatre
  • Auditioning
  • Producing Theatre
  • Performance Project

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 Diploma 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

The HND enables you to progress on to a Top-up degree, join the third year of a full degree or begin your career in the performing arts.


  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Dancer
  • Stand-up Comedian
  • Workshop leader
  • Project Management
  • Bid writer
  • Singer
To apply for a full-time higher education programme, please apply via UCAS.
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