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HNC Performing Arts (General) (Level 4) — Full-time

Course outline

This exciting new Level 4 course offers the opportunity to develop and enhance your practical stageskills to get into the competitive world of the performing arts.

The course provides the chance to develop as an original artist in singing, dancing, and acting, achieving a wide-ranging knowledge of the performing arts industry and give your future career a dynamic head start. The General HNC provides a solid grounding in performing arts, which students can build on when progressing to higher level study options.

Students will explore the three main areas of singing, dance and acting, as well as the contextual development of performing arts in the UK and globally. From a list of optional units, students can select one of two pathways - Dance or Musical Theatre - enabling them to specialise when progressing to the Level 5 Higher National Diploma courses.

Please Note: For progressing students from this course - the new HND in Performing Arts (Dance) will be launched in September 2025. This is in addition to the existing HND in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre).

Modules include:

  • Unit 1 - The Performing Arts Industry (Mandatory)
  • Unit 2 - Professional Development (Mandatory)
  • Unit 3 - Jazz Dance 1 (Mandatory)
  • Unit 4 - Ballet 1
  • Unit 5 - Contemporary Dance 1
  • Unit 6 - Commercial Dance
  • Unit 9 - Choreography 1
  • Unit 12 - Singing 1 (Mandatory)
  • Unit 13 - Acting 1 (Mandatory)
  • Unit 14 - Musical Theatre History in Practice
  • Unit 16 - Vocal Repertoire

You can view the fantastic works of our Media, Photography & Performance students on our showcase website run by our media faculty team.

View showcase

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS. Alternatively, if you are interested in applying directly to us, you can choose our fast track application option below.

Fast track application
  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: PAG1
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Location Date Fees / reductions
Expressions Academy of Performing Arts
3 Newgate Lane
NG18 2LB

Start: Monday 23rd September 2024

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C051026 / Q051027


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of 48 UCAS points from study at Level 3:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • T levels

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We expect applicants to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy. We accept GCSE passes in English Language and maths at Grades 9 to 4 (previously A* to C).

Applicants who meet the minimum advertised entry requirements will be invited to attend an audition and informal interview at EPA Mansfield.

Mature applicants not meeting the standard entry criteria but with relevant industry or life experience are very welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is continuous, providing a range of evidence of your learning. This will include: practical demonstrations and live performances, essays, journals/log books, rehearsal evidence, video evidence, presentations, group projects and e portfolios.


After successfully completing the HNC, you could progress on to the Level 5 HNDs in Dance or Musical Theatre. After this you could top-up to our BA (Hons) Performing Arts, awarded by Nottingham Trent University or a similar course at another provider (subject to entry requirements) or enter into employment.

Previous Academy graduates have gone on to work in theatres in the West End, UK and abroad; film and TV, cruise ships, holiday venues, community arts projects or into choreography/teaching.

Additional information

This award is currently subject to validation.

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