Performing Arts at Gloucestershire College - UCAS

Course summary

This course is suited to performing arts and theatre studies students and those interested in working within the performing arts industries. The course encompasses both preparing as an actor, performance work and the wider performing arts business. The course aims to be fast moving and offer a curriculum that reflects the professional world. It gives you an opportunity to work as a theatre company, creating original work as well as existing scripts and the option of taking it out to customers and venues. You will also have the opportunity to see live theatre and be given the possible chance to work with other courses in the Arts and media area Possible first year units include:

  • Acting 1
  • Devising
  • Movement
  • Vocal repertoire
  • Voice and speech for actors
  • Crewing
  • Acting for Camera
  • Professional development
  • Performing Arts Industry (Pearson set project)
Gloucestershire College has excellent facilities including access to a large theatre space, dance studio, rehearsal spaces, recording studio and practise rooms. You will get the opportunity to perform at a variety of venues around Gloucestershire if you choose to tour your work. And we have highly-qualified staff with industry experience, many still working within the industry, which enhances the learning experience. Gloucestershire College is one of only 20 colleges in the country with founder status with the National Skills Academy, Creative and Cultural. The academy recognises, develops and improves skills opportunities for those entering the creative and cultural sector and those already employed within it. This status means that students at Gloucestershire College get exciting opportunities to develop your employability skills and links within the industry. This programme is designed to be a two year HND level 5 course which is the equivalent of the first two years of a degree programme. On completion of the first year (at HNC level 4) accreditation can be claimed. What next? What could these qualifications lead to? The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in Performing Arts, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the Performing Arts through:
  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Progressing to university or drama school
The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant Performing Arts-related courses, for example:
  • BSc Hons in Technical Arts
  • BA Hons in Dance Studies
  • BA Hons in Acting
  • BA Hons in Musical Theatre
The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the Performing Arts. e.g: physical theatre performer, vocalist, Actor (stage, camera, radio and multimedia), stage Crew, Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager, Education (workshop leader, facilitator) Some industry information:
  • There are currently over 100,000 people working in the performing arts, of which 34% are employed in onstage occupations, such as acting or dancing
  • There are 5,480 businesses, of which 92% employ fewer than 50 people
  • The performing arts industry contributes £4.6 billion to the UK economy
  • 58% of the workforce is self-employed
  • Men and women are equally likely to have a level 4 or above qualification


Possible modules covered in HNC Performing arts (General) Year 1 • Acting 1 • Devising • Movement • Vocal repertoire • Voice and speech for actors • Crewing • Acting for Camera • Professional development • Performing Arts Industry (Pearson set project)

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

Gloucestershire College welcome any other/combinations of relevant qualifications that are comparable and/or equivalent to the typical course entry requirements. Applicants that do not have recognised qualifications may still meet course entry requirements through alternative methods of assessment at the College’s discretion. All queries regarding course entry criteria including the equivalency of qualifications and exceptional extenuating circumstances should be directed by email to the Admissions Department through [email protected].

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Additional entry requirements


To study Higher Education at Gloucestershire College, normally applicants will be required to have GCSE English and Mathematics grade 4 (C) or above or have comparable/equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2
IELTS (Academic)5.5Across all skills.

The College also accepts a range of international English qualifications and English language tests that demonstrate the required level of English language proficiency. The ability to demonstrate the required level of proficiency in English and Maths, through an appropriate assessment at the College’s discretion may be considered. All course offer decisions are based on an applicant's individual circumstances and the College will approach each application on a case by case basis.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7400 Year 1
Scotland £7400 Year 1
Wales £7400 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7400 Year 1
EU £7400 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Performing Arts at Gloucestershire College - UCAS