Leicester College

Performing Arts Leicester College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd


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Course summary

TEF Gold

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This dynamic one-year course has been designed to provide a professionally focused, industry-based training and preparation for those with interests in acting, movement, dance and vocal training. Whether your interests are in musical theatre, classical theatre, contemporary theatre or physical theatre this course provides opportunities to strengthen your skills for all genres of performance.

You will learn physical and vocal performance skills as well as looking in-depth at a range of acting and performance techniques. Devising, rehearsing, making and performing work is at the centre of the programme with essential professional development skills which support the practical experience.

As a performing arts department, we have excellent links with a number of supporting organisations and theatres including Curve Theatre, Leicester. You will be taught by our faculty staff in dance, acting and musical theatre as well as receiving a vibrant range of master classes and workshops by visiting practitioners.

The HNC will be delivered in part within the College’s professional city centre performance venue, the Sue Townsend Theatre, a fully equipped 250 seat theatre.
The course will provide: a curriculum of classes in acting, singing and movement in a range of genres, preparation for further study and the performing arts workplace, a fully equipped professional performance space at The Sue Townsend Theatre and college dance studios where the course is delivered and academic support and resources at TEF Gold standard.

Course details


The Higher National Certificate (HNC) will be delivered through professional projects, skills-based classes, creative workshops and rehearsals. The HNC (General Pathway) will remain purposefully broad to ensure maximum employability for those students with interests in acting, singing, dance and movement. Students will gain a wide range of performing arts knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.

In addition to the core units of the performing arts industry and professional development, you can expect to study units such as acting 1, devising theatre and performance, singing 1, Jazz Dance, voice and speech for actors, movement.

Assessment method

The work is assessed in a variety of ways. Practical assessments take the form of studio/theatre-based performance. In addition to practical work, students are assessed via presentations and written coursework.

How to apply

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 W410
Institution code L36
Campus name Abbey Park Campus
Campus code 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applicants from non-European Union / EEA nationals should contact the International Office directly (internationaloffice@leicestercollege.ac.uk) to discuss your application options on the basis of your likely visa status. International applications will be considered on an individual case by case basis. More information for international applicants is available at: https://leicestercollege.ac.uk/study/international/

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and can evidence relevant experience. You are also expected hold GCSE English at grade 4/C or equivalent.
A level DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP

Additional entry requirements



English language requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,165 Year 1
International £9,950 Year 1
England £6,165 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,165 Year 1
Scotland £6,165 Year 1
Wales £6,165 Year 1

Additional fee information

Approximate additional costs will include: Practical kit: £50 Key Texts: £50 Trips / Performances: £50 – £100

Provider information

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Leicester College
Freemen's Park Campus
Aylestone Road

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0116 224 2240

Fax: 0116 224 2041