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HNC Musical Theatre (Level 4) — Full-time

Course outline

This exciting course offers an opportunity to develop and enhance your practical skills to progress into the competitive world of musical theatre.

The course provides the chance to develop as an original artist in singing, dancing, and acting through song, in order to achieve a wide-ranging knowledge of the performing arts industry and give your future career a head start.

Students will explore the three main areas of singing, dance and acting, as well as the contextual development of musical theatre, both here in the UK and globally.

Modules may include:

  • The performing arts industry
  • Professional development
  • Acting for musical theatre
  • Dance for musical theatre
  • Vocal techniques and performance
  • Musical theatre performance
  • Research skills

Performing arts facilities

  • Our performing arts courses boast some of the best facilities of any performing arts degree provider in the country.
  • Our 200 capacity theatre built in 2019 is our showpiece but it’s the sprung floor dance studios, rehearsal rooms and intimate performance spaces that enhance our offer to our performing arts students.

Our show season attracts audiences from across the city and beyond and our rolling programme of visits and performance workshops from some of the industry’s most prominent and talented artists means our students get lots of hands-on training and a unique insight into the varying career pathways in performing arts.

Nottingham College is proud to have been awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Bronze Award for high quality student experience and outcomes. You can read more about this on the Office for Students website.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: MUT1
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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

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: C030505 / Q030506


Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

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

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

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

You'll need a keen interest in acting and the performing arts in general

You will be invited to an interview and audition (an audition fee of £30.00 applies, which is payable directly to Expressions Performing Arts Academy).

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are 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
  • E-portfolios

After successfully completing the HNC, you could progress to the HND in Musical Theatre. After this you could top-up to a BA (Hons) Performing Arts, or a similar course (subject to entry requirements) or enter into employment.

Previous 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 course is run at the Expressions Academy of Performing Arts in Mansfield.

You can visit the Expressions Academy of Performing Arts website here.

About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

Learn more about the TEF