Awarding Body: UoN
Qualifications on offer: HND Musical Theatre
Summary of course
The HND Musical Theatre is aimed at people looking to make performance a career. It develops skills in singing, acting and dance with the opportunity to perform on stage in a variety of musical routines.
The course is taught in a highly practical way using workshop style classes in which students work individually and in groups to develop and refine their skills, supported by lecturers and technicians with extensive experience of the theatre. There are at least two public performances each year with the second year focussing on the London stage and the acquisition of agents or progression to top stage schools around the country or the third year of a Musical Theatre degree.
The School of the Arts benefits from cutting-edge facilities which give students access to the studios and equipment necessary to gain the knowledge and skills demanded by a fast-moving and competitive industry.
Our resources include:
- Two large dance studios
- Two large performance studios
- Well-resourced classrooms and IT suites
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
Complusory Units: YEAR 1
- Contextual Studies
- Performance Studies 1 (includes Estil voice craft technique)
- Dance (double module)
- Musical theatre Performance (double module)
- Performance studies 2 (double module)
- Employment in the Entertainment industry
- Community theatre (includes touring)
- Final major Project (double Module)
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:
How is the course assessed?
This is a modular course and you will be assessed throughout the course rather than through examination. Practical projects, assignments and essays will be set for each module. The course will culminate in a final major project in which students take responsibility for the management of a major piece of assessed work showcasing their skills and specialisms. Your final major project performances will normally be staged in public theatres in front of large audiences.
Who is this course for?
The HND Musical Theatre is for students who have reached Level 3 in this discipline either at school, college or stage school. You will be looking to progress further into the performing arts industry, specialising in musical theatre and theatre dance. The course will enable you to develop further competences in solo and group performance and prepare you for auditioning for parts on the professional stage. The successful applicant is likely to have performed in public and will have developed at least basic skills in dance and singing and be ready to move on to the next stage with the help of experienced professionals with a background in the industry.
Progression and Career Opportunities
Career opportunities include:
- Work in theatres across the country and abroad
- Work on cruise ships or holiday resorts
- Teaching performance
Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the What Can I Earn?' section of our website.
Entry Requirements for new students
|Entry and Foundation:||GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*|
|Level 1:||Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above|
|Level 2:||Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above|
|Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent:||Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)|
|Level 3 A Levels:||Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths|
|Level 4/5:||A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points|
|Specific Course Requirements:||Standard Level 4/5 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths; applicants should be aged 18 or over|
*All applicants will be invited in for interview.
Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).
We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications
Those who do not have English as their first language will need to provide NARIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points and will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component(or equivalent).
We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience through Accreditation of Prior Learning.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate a level of interest and/or experience in the subject.
General Info (materials required for the course)
Students will be expected to be able to provide suitable clothing for practical sessions and be prepared to finance visits to shows and theatres during the course.