HND Performing Arts (Performance) South Essex College of Further and Higher Education


Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

The nature of the Performing Arts industry is extremely competitive and the opportunities for career diverse. The HND in Performing Arts (Acting Pathway) has been designed to provide a vocational based programme equipping you with the required skills to succeed in the range of career paths available. Our programme provides diverse and challenging learning experiences, whose aim is to extend and consolidate your expertise as a total performance maker. You will in part refine your live performance skills (vocal & physical) alongside developing greater understanding and command of specific techniques in multi disciplines including, directing, devising, producing, adaptation & stage craft. The selection of units enables you to nurture your creativity, developing your own voice as future innovators within the art form. The overriding focus of the programme is based on acknowledging the importance of versatility & diversity to allow for longevity, ensuring that you can become an all-round live performance maker & practitioner, skilled for successful careers in the ever-evolving Performing Arts industry.

  • Qualification

    Higher National Diploma - HND

  • Study mode


  • Location

    University Centre Southend

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


Year 1 Full Time (LEVEL 4) Units – Actors Pathway:

Unit 1 – Performing Arts Industry;
Unit 2 – Professional Development;
Unit 13 - Acting 1;
Unit 10 – Investigation of Specialism;
Unit 12 – Singing 1;
Unit 18 – Voice & Speech for Actors;
Unit 19 – Movement for Actors;
Unit 20 – Devising Theatre Performance.

Year 2 Full Time (LEVEL 5) Units – Actors Pathway:
Unit 30 – Creative Research Project;
Unit 31 – Working in the Performing Arts Industry;
Unit 42 – Acting 2;
Unit 40 – Physical Theatre;
Unit 44 – Auditioning;
Unit 52 – Performance Project;
Unit 68 - Directing.

Assessment method

Coursework is assessed in a range of different ways in order to accommodate a variety of learning styles and aptitudes including workshops, rehearsals, performances, presentations, viva voce, written essays and research folders.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework:

Year 1- HNC
100% coursework: 75% Practical with a written element 25%

Year 2-HND
100% coursework: 75% Studio based with a written element 25%

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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 code H882
Institution code S43
Campus name University Centre Southend
Campus code S

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
Access to HE Diploma M: 15 credits 15 credits at Merit or above
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language GCSE at grade C (4) or above, OR a Level 2 equivalent such as functional skills

Additional entry requirements


Required to participate in dance workshop/audition


Required to participate in dance workshop/audition

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 - minimum 5.5 across all components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7,000 Year 1
EU £7,000 Year 1
England £7,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,000 Year 1
Scotland £7,000 Year 1
Wales £7,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.