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HNC in Performing Arts

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Course NameStart DateEnd DateCampusTotal Fees 
L4 HNC in Performing Arts13/09/202226/05/2023Bishopsfield Road (Fareham College)£5,000.00Available for applications

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Information about this Course

Study Type
Higher Education

Course Area
Performing Arts

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above, including English and at least one of the following:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma (UAL, BTEC or equivalent) equating to a minimum of 72 UCAS points
  • A Levels including Performing Arts or Dance (min grade C) equating to a minimum of 48 UCAS points.

You will also need to present two strong audition pieces demonstrating performance capabilities. 

Non-traditional entry with alternative qualifications or experience, for example mature students, with relevant experience may also be considered.

Course Information

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts is aimed at developing a range of performance skills (acting, voice, musical theatre singing and movement). The course combines a solid grounding in a variety of techniques and performance styles with a clear emphasis on theoretical understanding of performance arts.

This full time course is delivered by experienced professionals in addition, the College maintains links with local theatres and performance companies, offering workshops and opportunities with these organisations. We invite guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds providing valuable insights into professional and creative performing arts practice. 

The course will offer training in a broad range of skills and develop your understanding of how to create theatre for an audience.

Areas you will study include:

  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Singing
  • Acting
  • Choreography
  • Voice and Speech for Actors
  • Musical Theatre History in Practice.
  • Professional Development


Successful completion of a Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts will provide you with a range of options when it comes to your progression.

These include:

  • Applying to University to join in Year 2 of the relevant degree
  • Applying to University to study a full 3 year degree
  • Applying to Drama School to study a full 3 year degree

Through a series of initial 1:1 tutorials, we will support you in identifying your preferred destination following your HNC. We will then support and guide you through the application, audition and interview process. Our lecturers are experienced and invested in supporting students as they continue on their chosen pathway and want to help you achieve your potential.