Performing Arts
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    24 September 2018 to 11 June 2020
    UCAS Code

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: UoN

Qualifications on offer: HND Theatre Practice

Summary of course

This programme offers a unique opportunity to study theatre practice at higher education level, with an emphasis on practical and vocational work. Students take part in major practical projects and public performances. During the programme students have experience of setting up, running and touring a self-contained theatre company. Students enjoy access to productions locally at Northampton's nationally recognised regional theatre, Royal & Derngate.

The theoretical elements of the course support the practical study and underpin the extensive amount of practical experience. Having successfully completed the HND Theatre, students have the opportunity to transfer into Stage 3 of the single honours Drama degree at the University of Northampton. This is a special feature of the course, a pathway that allows a more practical and vocational approach, with close tutorial support, enabling students to achieve both an HND and degree qualification within three stages.

The most significant features of the course are the performance projects and productions. Currently the HND students take part in a minimum of six major projects in total. These have recently included a community theatre tour to local schools, public performances at the Royal Theatre (Jack the Ripper, The Goodbye Girl), performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal & Derngate, professional film experience with Sky TV Production and Gamcare performances as part of the Northampton Arts Festival and performances at the Castle Theatre, Wellingborough (countywide Dance showcase).

The second stage of the HND centres around the setting up and running of a self-contained theatre company (Out of the Blue) which tours theatre venues and community halls throughout the county. The course aims to give the students a rich and varied approach to theatre and professional practice. Students are taught by experienced and qualified staff, professional actors and practitioners and enjoy a variety of visiting workshops and visits to the theatre.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Acting & Performance development
  • Arts management & Employability
  • Contextual studies in theatre
  • Theatre in the community
  • Theatre process and production
  • Voice, speech and movement
  • Theatre Research Process
  • Acting as a Profession
  • Physical Theatre
  • Writing & Directing for Performance
  • Small Scale Touring Theatre

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

The coursework for HND Theatre Practice is continuous assessment with no examinations. Assessed performances are integral to the programme and there are a number of assessments through public performance during the two years of the course. Written work will also be assessed and students will deverlop academic research skills as part of their studies.

Who is this course for?

This course is for people who wish to work in the theatre, primarily as a performer but also in various back-stage roles and theatre industry employment. Successful completion of the HND Theatre Practice will allow entry to the third year of the Drama degree at the University of Northampton or to progress into related employment.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression routes include:

  • University top up
  • Employment
  • post gradute study

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

Level Entry Requirements
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.

Course fee information

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

We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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