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Course summary

This dynamic one-year HNC Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) course has been designed to provide a professionally focused, industry-based training and preparation for drama school, university or employment as a performer within the theatre, TV and film industries. The course has strong partnerships with local theatres, acting agents, creative organisations and employers in Salford and Greater Manchester such as BBC and ITV, The Lowry, Contact Theatre, The Kings Arms Theatre, Greater Manchester Police, Red Door Management and Lime Productions. Through these partnerships, the teaching team are able to offer highly relevant, realistic and industry-standard training. The objectives of the BTEC Higher Nationals in Performing Arts are as follows: ● To equip students with Performing Arts skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global Performing Arts environment ● To provide education and training for a range of careers in Performing Arts ● To provide insight and understanding into the diversity of roles within the Performing Arts, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels ● To equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values ● To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in Performing Arts, or progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in Performing Arts or a related area ● To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives ● To support students to understand the local, regional and global context of performing arts and, for those students with a global outlook, to aspire to international career pathways ● To provide students with opportunities to address contemporary issues facing the industry, and society at large; recognising the role that performing arts plays in addressing these issues ● To provide opportunities for students to achieve a nationally-recognised professional qualification within their chosen area of specialisation ● To provide opportunities for students to achieve vendor accredited certifications Pearson Levels 4 and 5 Higher Nationals in Performing Arts ● To offer students the chance of career progression in their chosen field, with particular emphasis on achieving management-level positions, professional recognition and beyond ● To allow flexibility of study and to meet local or specialist needs ● To offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations ● To provide students with opportunities to engage in an industry-recognised apprenticeship scheme that aligns with their employer’s needs and their own career aspirations ● To provide students with the context in which to consider professional ethics and their relation to personal, professional and statutory responsibilities within the industry.


In addition to the core units of creative arts professional practice and creative arts research skills you can expect to study six of the optional units such as Naturalistic Acting, Acting for Camera, Classical Acting, Movement for the actor, Dancing for Musical theatre, Singing for Musical theatre, Musical theatre performance and Theatre Directing.

Assessment method

The course is intensive and you will be expected to engage in informed debates about current issues in the performing arts and consider the contexts through which your own art form has evolved. Assessment will be through a range of performance opportunities alongside research projects, online portfolios and presentations.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Pendleton Sixth Form College
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants will be required to audition for this course.

Additional entry requirements


There is a requirement to attend an audition as part of the admissions process.



Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7500 Year 1
England £7500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500 Year 1
Scotland £7500 Year 1
Wales £7500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Musical Theatre at University Centre at Salford City College - UCAS