Weymouth College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

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Course summary

Higher Nationals in Performing Arts are designed to give students a broad range of skills essential to those who want to seek a career in the performing arts industry and to support their route into employment. Students will study a wide variety of performance disciplines including: Acting, Dance, Singing, and technical theatre options as well as more generic units. By delivering a range of skills the course aims to enhance opportunities for employment in the performing arts industry as well as transferable skills for many other industries. This course is highly practical in nature assessed entirely through coursework and practical activities that mirror industry requirements. Students who successfully complete Year 1 of this course will be eligible for a stand-alone Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts. Successful completion of Year 2 will enable students to receive the Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre). Throughout this course there will be a requirement for students to work in groups culminating in live performance. Students on the course will also have the opportunity to see live professional theatre at the Weymouth College Bay Theatre where they will be able to engage in workshops with visiting professionals. Performing Arts alumni have found success in a number of related pathways, including film, advertising, West End theatre performance, other theatre and technical theatre roles.


Year 1 BTEC Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts The General pathway has been created to support students who are unsure of their chosen specialist area at this stage in their development. Mandatory Core Units: The Performing Arts Industry, Professional Development Optional Units: Jazz Dance, Contemporary Dance, Singing 1, Acting 1, Voice and Speech for Actors, Devising Theatre and Performance, Crewing Year 2 BTEC Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Mandatory Core Units: Creative Research Project (30 credits) (Pearson-set), Working in the Performing Arts Industry Specialist Units: Dance for Musical Theatre, Singing 2, Acting 2 Optional Units: Performance Project, Hair and Makeup Design (* please note Optional units may be subject to change)

Assessment method

This course is predominantly assessed through the completion of assignment projects. Much of the study will require work outside of formal classes, so self-motivation and good time management skills are essential. As a guideline you are advised that a 15-credit unit approximates to a learning time of 150 hours.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applicants will be required to have an IELTS score of 6 achieved within the last two years to apply for this course. International students will be charged an additional £250 admin fee on top of the tuition fee.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Due to Covid19 Audition/Interview will be carried out remotely. Applicants will be contacted with details.


Due to Covid19 Audition/Interview will be carried out remotely. Applicants will be contacted with details.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5750 Year 1
International £5750 Year 1
England £5750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5750 Year 1
Scotland £5750 Year 1
Wales £5750 Year 1
Channel Islands £5750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Additional costs include a £20 College parking permit if applicable. Theatre Season Ticket (approximately £70). Performing Arts Department Hoodie and T Shirt (approximately £30). International students will be charged an additional £250 admin fee on top of the tuition fee. *Note – All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.
Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) at Weymouth College - UCAS