West Thames College

Performing Arts - HND West Thames College Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

This two-year production-based course is designed to train you to become an actor and a performer. There is a strong element of practical work and the college maintains excellent links with local and national theatres, creating opportunities for you to experience the reality of performance.

Course details


The course is structured around three areas of study:

Performance work: in our studio theatre
Knowledge: independent and group research in the history of contemporary theatre, how theatre companies work, copyright and health and safety
Skills: including acting technique, movement for actors, voice, singing and dance, and basic stage design.

You will study:
Acting for camera
Alternative approaches to acting
Creative arts professional practice
Creative arts research skills
Dance for musical theatre
Devising for performance
Employability skills
Movement for the actor
Naturalistic acting
Physical theatre
Singing for musical theatre
Theatre in education
Applied contemporary performance practice
Classical acting
Innovative theatre performance
Jazz techniques and performance
Outreach drama
Peforming arts workshop leadership
Preparation, process and production
Singing techniques and styles

Assessment method

The course is continually assessed through vocationally based assignments, finishing with a major project and assessed show.

Regulation of standards:

Internal Verification of assignment briefs and assessment standards
External moderation of samples of work by external examiner
Public performance, inside the college and at external venues, to show standards of work

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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 034W
Institution code W65
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level E
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP

GCSE English and maths at grace C (5) or above or functional skills English and maths at Level 2 are required. Relevant skills or work experience will be considered.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5,000 Year 1
International £8,000 Year 1
England £5,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,000 Year 1
Scotland £5,000 Year 1
Wales £5,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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

Provider information

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West Thames College
London Road

Clearing contact details

Clearing Hotline

Course contact details

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Admissions Officer

020 8326 2000

Fax: 020 8326 2001