Performing Arts - HNC (Subject to Validation)

Course Code: VP1HE55

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2021University Centre1 Year / £8,750Apply
04/01/2022University Centre18 MonthsApply

Course Overview

Want a career in the fast-paced, high-octane world of theatre, music and dance?

This programme will give you the skills, knowledge and understanding to set your sights on the world of performing arts.

Students will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of concepts of Performing Arts, whilst developing a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies.

This course is in the process of being finalised but you can still apply. The majority of courses subject to validation are approved, but if this course is significantly amended or will not go ahead we will support you in finding an alternative.

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 qualification in a subject relating to performing arts, or
  • Significant experience in performing arts, to be demonstrated by audition.

Qualification Obtained

BTEC HIgher National Certificate in Performing Arts

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

The Performing Arts IndustryVP4MD04815Mandatory
Professional DevelopmentVP4MD04915Mandatory
Acting 1VP4MD05015Mandatory
Investigation of SpecialismVP4MD05115Mandatory
Jazz Dance 1VP4MD05215Optional
Ballet 1VP4MD05315Optional
Singing 1VP4MD05415Optional
Vocal RepertoireVP4MD05515Optional (most common)
Movement for ActorsVP4MD05615Optional (most common)
Devising Theatre for PerformanceVP4MD05715Mandatory
Voice and Speech for ActorsVP4MD05815Optional (most common)

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions