Performing Arts
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    24 September 2018 to 11 June 2019
    UCAS Code

Awarding organisation

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.

Key facts:

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
  • Theatre
  • 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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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:

Programme Specification.

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

Entry Requirements for new students

Generally a level 3 qualification is required at a grade equivalent to 48 UCAS points or above. This could be as two or more Alevels at grade D or above, or as a BTEC Extended Diploma (or other similar qualification) at PPP or Diploma (or other similar qualification) at MP> Successful applicants will also be required to have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.

In circumstances where an applicant has not taken these qualifications (for example, for an applicant aged 21 or over) an offer will made based on the application, consideration of relevant experience and, in some cases, an interview.

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.

Course fee information

The course fee is £6,165 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in 2019. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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