Delivered at the Eastern School of Performing Arts, this programme provides you with the skills, knowledge and insight to enable you to make a contribution to the musical theatre industry focusing on your own subject specialism through work-related learning. This course combines studio lessons, professional workshops and lectures that present opportunities for you to develop as a triple threat performer. You will be taught by industry professionals and academic specialists, creating a unique environment to help you personally and professionally meet your future aspirations in all areas of the performing arts.


  • HNC: 1 year
  • HND: 2 year

Contact time (per week): 

  • 3 days

• 80 UCAS tariff points
• A Level 3 Extended Diploma with at least an MMP profile
• 3 A Levels at grade C or above
• An interview and audition
• Mature students who may not have formal qualifications are encouraged to apply for an interview where you will be considered in relation to your experience, enthusiasm and commitment

Year 1

  • The Performing Arts Industry (Core)
  • Professional Development(Core)
  • Jazz Dance 1 (Specialist)
  • Singing 1(Specialist)
  • Acting 1(Specialist)

Year 2

  • Creative Research Project(Core)
  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry(Core)
  • Dance for Musical Theatre(Core)
  • Singing 2(Core)
  • Acting 2(Core)

Other optional units will be available

You will learn through a combination of practical classes and workshops, lectures and preparing for performances. Practical classes will enable you to enhance and develop your performance skills in all areas of the performing arts. Lectures and seminars allow theoretical elements of the course to be taught both in the classroom and in the studio so theory can be put in to practice.

You will be expected to provide a range of evidence of your learning. This will include: practical demonstrations and performances, essays, journals/log books, rehearsal evidence, video evidence, presentations, group projects and e-portfolios.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the qualifications required to ‘top-up’ to a full Bachelor’s Degree at university in just one year. Acceptance on to these courses is at the discretion of the institution offering the top-up.

You will also have the opportunity to apply to theatre and dance colleges for further professional training. The mix of practical and theory modules are designed to not only give you the skills to be a triple threat performer, but are also designed to give you confidence and insight in to the world of performing arts.

You will have access to various study facilities including a practical studio space and professional rehearsal rooms at Eastern School of Performing Arts, and a recently refurbished Library where you’ll have access to books, journals and computers. You will also have study support throughout your course to assist you with your studies.

This course provides fantastic performance opportunities with highlights such as our yearly showcase and full scale productions and performances including, ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Fame’, ‘West Side Story’, and ‘Oklahoma!’. You will be taught by industry professionals and have access to guest workshops, delivered by current performers from the West End and theatres up and down the country.

You will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor and independent study time, with access to extra-curricular performances, dance classes, 1-1 singing and 1-1 acting lessons.

You will be required to advance your performance technique in various regional and local theatres. During your shows you will have access to professionals from the musical theatre industry to guide your professional development such as, Directors, Stage Crew, Lighting and Sound Engineering during our full scale shows to give you an all round unique insight in to the world of the performing arts.

“The HND has been has been a vital part of my journey. It has been essential to help me push myself as a performer and given me everything I need to progress to University or Theatre Schools.” – Monte Tuleveite

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For Admission

Department : Performing Arts
Level : Level 5
Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel. Delivered by ESPA in Stamford.
Starts : 09 September, 2019
NCS UCAS Code: N33
Course Code: HCPERAP
UCAS Code: 1A69
Fees : £6500 per year. Uniform: £50 - £100. Trips and visits: £100

: 01780 484 311