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Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) HNC/HND

Course overview


What Does The Programme Include

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.

Entry Requirements

• 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

How The Course Will Be Assessed

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.

Fees, Finance & Funding

£6,500 per year. Uniform: £50 — £100. Trips and visits: £100

Potential Future Career

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.

Course Content

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 and discussed at interview.

Work-based Learning

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.


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.



The tutors are great and give you all the support and skills you need to become a well-rounded performer. I’m now studying at LIPA (The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).

Zara Whitwell



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