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Acting HNC Foundation Course (Level 4) - Full-time

Course outline

This course is perfect if you have a talent and passion for acting and the performing arts and want to refine your skills further in preparation for drama school or university.

The course programme has been designed in association with The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and leads to a recognised qualification, the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts. Our association with ALRA has allowed us to focus this course on the entry requirements of the most prestigious drama schools, and to provide substantially more contact time than equivalent qualifications.

You’ll learn and develop further skills in acting, voice, plus devising and producing theatre, through specialist classes and projects during the year. You’ll have the opportunity to experience live theatre both locally and nationally, reviewing performances to get a real taste of current industry trends. Industry experts will share their own professional know-how.

You can expect tutors that have a wealth of industry experience and knowledge, providing the opportunity to explore different texts, periods and genres of theatre, and the opportunity to devise your own pieces. You’ll work with students from other courses to create performance material, giving you the chance to develop effective communication skills and confidence.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: ACT1

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Start: 29th September 2021

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C025111 / Q025112


HNC Foundation Course in Acting.


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of 48 UCAS points. This should be from an NVQ Level 3 vocational qualification in acting (or a related performing arts discipline) or 3/4 A Levels (ideally including a performing arts subject) and/or substantial performing experience.

You’ll be invited to an interview and audition and asked to submit an example of academic writing.


Assessment is continuous, being a combination of case studies, group projects, live briefs, peer review and time-constrained tasks. There are no examinations.


After successfully completing this course, you could progress to the second year of our Foundation Degree in Acting, awarded by Nottingham Trent University, apply to drama school or enter into employment. Recent Nottingham College students have gained places at prestigious institutions such as ALRA, the Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and the Arts Educational Schools.

Additional information

Endorsed by Alra.

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