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Course summary

The Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting) is a vocational course which explores traditional and conventional techniques of acting and how they can be applied to contemporary and current practice, with questions, discussions and criticisms of whether these techniques are still relevant and needed in today’s theatre industry. The course promotes digital education to explore how practitioners can use technology to assist their skills, both in a practical and a business mindset. The course involves experiential learning and using practice as research. It encourages an openness to learn and explore and a willingness to play! Performances may take place in a variety of spaces, including studios, a theatre and HD multi-camera TV studio, fully equipped for professional performance, local theatres and arts facilities, and site-specific locations.


Modules studied: • The Performing Arts Industry • Professional Development • Investigation of Specialism • Acting 1 • Acting for Camera • Voice and Speech for Actors • Movement for Actors • Devising Theatre and Performance

Assessment method

The programme is assessed mainly through practical performance and assessment; continuous assessment across rehearsal and development and evaluative interviews to assess personal development and contribution. The submission of written essays, evaluations, logbooks and presentations is also a part of the HNC; learning research, academic skill and writing skill to ensure that students are equipped for higher level learning. Students will gain formative feedback verbally for both written work and practical assessment. Peer and self-assessment is an essential element of personal development which enhances the learning experience and allows space for personal evaluation.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

It is expected that all applicants will hold relevant Level 2 maths and English qualifications equivalent to GCSE grade C/4 or above. Mature students: The University Centre welcomes applications from mature students who have relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. Mature students (over 21) without formal qualifications may be accepted subject to satisfactory literacy and numeracy tests, work experience (if applicable) and a strong personal statement. Recognition of Prior Learning: Applicants may meet entry requirements through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which awards academic credits through recognition of prior learning via work and other life experiences. Recognition of Prior Learning is either certificated (RPCL) through formal assessment, or Experiential (RPEL) via skills and knowledge developed through work and voluntary activities. Students should refer to the RPL Policy on the University Centre website:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6700 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6700 Year 1
Scotland £6700 Year 1
Wales £6700 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Performing Arts (Acting) at City of Liverpool College University Centre - UCAS