Gateshead College

Degree level: Undergraduate

Professional Performance Practice - Acting

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Course summary

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Do you aspire to run your own Music label, Dance or Theatre company or have a great idea for a Music or Performing Arts business or project? Do you want to keep developing your vocational skill? Instrumentalist, composer, dancer, actor, producer, technician? Do you want to work in the Music, Production and Performing Arts industry but don’t know where you fit in? HND Professional Performance Practice is a programme designed with our industry partners to develop not just your craft at the next level, but also to give you the opportunities and experience of applying your skills in a professional environment ultimately with a view to setting up your own enterprise. There is a perception that sustainable employment in the Music, Production and Performing Arts sector is based solely on chance and happenstance – this is not necessarily the case! There are many small to medium sized enterprises thriving, not only in the region but nationally, due to vision, drive and expertise, such as record labels, dance or theatre companies, production or live sound/lighting companies. We have spent time consulting with our industry partners to develop a programme that allows you to build on the skills you have, provides an opportunity for you to gain experience applying them in the real world and gives you the understanding to develop and launch your own business. TV & Film Academy - We are developing our TV and Film Academy to make the best use of our industry spec resources so that you can work within integrated creative teams to fulfil your brief – this could include dancers, musicians, actors, composers/arrangers, production arts specialists, technical theatre practitioners, media technicians. Progression - This programme has a dual progression opportunity – onto a level 6 programme with one of our partnered institutions or straight out into the industry. You will complete a HNC in year 1 and top this up to a HND in the second year of study. Please note: Whilst every effort is made to run advertised programmes, this programme will run subject to learner recruitment numbers. For full terms and conditions, and information on our complaints procedure, please visit

Course details


Qualification Structure - 3 broad areas for development *Practice Your vocational craft, developing your personal practical skills at the next level, through workshops, masterclasses, independent and group work. There are 5 specialisms to choose from: • Acting • Dance • Music Performance • Studio Technology • Live Events/Production Arts *Performance Whatever your specialist vocational area you will need to develop a CV through credible industry application of your skill. You will work on internal and external projects, producing work for potential employers from schools to the live commissions of industry partners. *Professional Do you aspire to run your own label or maybe a dance/theatre company? We will enhance your entrepreneurial spirit and channel it into developing your own business model. You will develop the knowhow to set up and sustain your own enterprise, from applying for funding to completing your tax return. Don’t consider your second year as your last year of education, think of it as your first year in the industry!

Assessment method

This is a vocational qualification so you will learn by doing – experience is key! Key activities – To include: *Practice - Developing your vocational skills at level 4/5 through workshops, masterclasses and practical seminars. *Performance - You may be involved with designing workshops, projects or fulfilling commissions – as many creatives will teach at some point in their career this will inevitably include some educational practice. You will learn to develop and deliver sessions, workshops and work as a facilitator. This is about how you use your vocational skills to successfully complete projects, live briefs or commissions. You will produce a Major Project or your own design within your vocational field; this project may use some of the learners from lower levels to be your ‘staff’, talent or performers. *Professional - You will develop an understanding of managing finances including bidding for funding and managing budgets. Creating a business plan is a necessary skill that you will develop in relation to projects and enterprise as well Health and Safety management. You will learn how to deliver a successful pitch to your desired audience – your Major Project could depend on it! The success of your business is dependent on your mastery of marketing including website creation and using social media to promote your business.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codePPP4
Institution code G09
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points Relevant Level 3 qualification, plus GCSE maths and English grade A*-C (9-4 in new grades).

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


You will need some vocational ability in your chosen area.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5995* Year 1
Northern Ireland £5995* Year 1
Scotland £5995* Year 1
Wales £5995* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

£40 for a DBS check
Professional Performance Practice - Acting at Gateshead College - UCAS