Performing Arts
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    22 September 2020 to 10 June 2022

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC

Qualifications on offer: HNC / HND Performing Arts - Musical Theatre

Summary of course

The HNC and HND Musical Theatre is aimed at people looking to make performance a career or as a stepping stone to specialist training in Musical Theatre. It develops skills in singing, acting and dance with the opportunity to perform on stage in a variety of musicals and events.

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 preparation for 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:

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Acting for Musical Theatre
  • Classical ballet background and technique
  • Classical ballet development and analysis
  • Commercial dance
  • Dance and health
  • Dance for Musical Theatre
  • Development of Acting Skills
  • Emplyability Skills
  • Historical Context in the performing Arts
  • Jazz dance technique and performance
  • Jazz dance development and analysis
  • Musical Theatre performance
  • Singing techniques adn styles
  • Singing for Musical Theatre
  • Tap dance technique and Performance
  • Tap dance development and analysis
  • Vocal method in context

How is the course assessed?

This is a unit based course and you will be assessed throughout the course work and practical assessment rather than through examination. Practical projects, assignments, presentations 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 a public theatre or event in front of large audiences.

Who is this course for?

The HNC and 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

48 UCAS points equivalent to 2 A Levels at Grade D or above, or a BTEC Level 3 or equivalent with Pass at Extended Diploma/Merit at Diploma. You will also need a GCSE at Grade C[4-5] or above in English and Maths. All qualified applicants will be required to complete an audition. We welcome 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 equivalents 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). Applicants should be 18 or over. We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience.

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

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. 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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