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HND Musical Theatre 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

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.

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: MUT2

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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: 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.

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