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Musical Theatre HND Top-up (Level 5) — Full-time

Course outline

The Higher National Diploma in Musical Theatre is an exciting course which offers an opportunity to further 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.

Applicants for this course must already have attained (or expect to achieve) the Higher National Certificate in Musical Theatre (or equivalent).

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:

  • Research project
  • Working in the performing arts
  • Acting for musical theatre
  • Dance for musical theatre
  • Vocal techniques and performance
  • Theatre in education

You can view the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.

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How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: MUT2

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 25th September 2023

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C030529 / Q030530


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


1 year

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

HNC Level 4 in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

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 HND in Musical Theatre, 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.