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Performing Arts HNC/HND

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    HNC/ HND Performing Arts

    This course is suited to performing arts and theatre studies students and those interested in working within the performing arts industries. The course encompasses both preparing as an actor, performance work and the wider performing arts business.

    The course aims to be fast moving and offer a curriculum that reflects the professional world. It gives you an opportunity to work as a theatre company, creating original work as well as existing scripts and the option of taking it out to customers and venues. You will also have the opportunity to see live theatre and be given the possible chance to work with other courses in the Arts and media area

    Teachers are well qualified and experienced; they are passionate about their subject and impart their knowledge and understanding with enthusiasm.” (Ofsted, 2016)

    Possible first year units include:

    • Acting 1
    • Devising
    • Movement
    • Vocal repertoire
    • Voice and speech for actors
    • Crewing
    • Acting for Camera
    • Professional development
    • Performing Arts Industry (Pearson set project)


    Gloucestershire College has excellent facilities including access to a large theatre space, dance studio, rehearsal spaces, recording studio and practise rooms. You will get the opportunity to perform at a variety of venues around Gloucestershire if you choose to tour your work. And we have highly-qualified staff with industry experience, many still working within the industry, which enhances the learning experience.

    Gloucestershire College is one of only 20 colleges in the country with founder status with the National Skills Academy, Creative and Cultural. The academy recognises, develops and improves skills opportunities for those entering the creative and cultural sector and those already employed within it. This status means that students at Gloucestershire College get exciting opportunities to develop your employability skills and links within the industry.


    This programme is designed to be a two year HND level 5 course which is the equivalent of the first two years of a degree programme. On completion of the first year (at HNC level 4) accreditation can be claimed.

    What next?

    What could these qualifications lead to? The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in Performing Arts, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage.

    On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the Performing Arts through:

    • Entering employment
    • Continuing existing employment
    • Progressing to university or drama school

    The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant Performing Arts-related courses, for example:

    • BSc Hons in Technical Arts
    • BA Hons in Dance Studies
    • BA Hons in Acting
    • BA Hons in Musical Theatre

    The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the Performing Arts. e.g:

    physical theatre performer, vocalist, Actor (stage, camera, radio and multimedia), stage Crew, Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager, Education (workshop leader, facilitator)


    Some industry information:

    • There are currently over 100,000 people working in the performing arts, of which 34% are employed in onstage occupations, such as acting or dancing
    • There are 5,480 businesses, of which 92% employ fewer than 50 people
    • The performing arts industry contributes £4.6 billion to the UK economy
    • 58% of the workforce is self-employed
    • Men and women are equally likely to have a level 4 or above qualification

    If you need information about a loan for your fees and other related information try The Student Loan Company

    Please be aware we do require you to apply via UCAS

    The UCAS Institution Code for Gloucestershire College is G45.

    The UCAS code for this course is 03KW/04KW.

    Please see Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice available at (subject to agreed amendments).  Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice has been written based on guidance from external bodies that regulate consumer law, customer protection and education standards.  If you have any queries about either Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy or Code of Practice, please contact Gloucestershire College’s Admissions department via telephone 01242 532008 or

    Please note that modules could be subject to change but any such changes, to module delivery, would be in consultation with the students.

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
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