Performing Arts (Acting) - Higher National Certificate

The HNC in Performing Arts (Acting) provides you with industry based training that will enable you to work as a professional performer/actor within the Theatre Industry.

The programme will encourage you to gain a variety of skills and a vast base of theatrical techniques to prepare you for the next step in your career. You will explore and develop an understanding of how to correctly market yourself as an artist and how to set up your own theatre company. Your company will then embark on small scale touring projects and work in a self-motivated environment.

You will be given the opportunity to work alongside other professional companies at the Miskin Theatre and also organise your own outside placements/workshops. Your theatre company will also be given the opportunity to advertise your talents to drama schools and potential agents with the intension of successfully progressing to a BA Hons Degree.

Through regular guidance from industry professionals you will gain the ability to critically evaluate, develop and progress your knowledge and skills within the performing arts industry. You will be offered all the tools necessary to embark on a successful career.

Aims of programme

To enable you to develop practical skills in a variety of theatrical techniques and styles.
• To provide you with an understanding of how the industry works so you can market yourself successfully as an actor/performer.
• To enable you to create and establish a working theatre company based inside the Miskin Theatre.
• To give you an understanding and the experience of how to set up a small scale touring company and successfully tour your work.
• To offer you opportunities to work within the theatre industry, applying the knowledge learnt within the programme, and demonstrating an ability to analyse and evaluate your work-based performance.
• To give you essential leadership skills in theatre directing and teaching a variety of different ages.
• To enable you to develop necessary professional reflective skills through a variety of stimulating and varied learning environments. These skills can then be built upon throughout your professional life.
• To enhance self-reflection, critical thinking skills and independent learning, so you can develop creative autonomy and become a self-sufficient artist.
• To develop personal, employable, critical and transferable skills to work effectively across a variety of theatre industry settings.
To provide a suitable academic platform for progression to honours level study or further professional development.

Programme contents

Acting For Camera 15
Alternative Approaches To Acting 15
Applied Contemporary Performance 15
Classical Acting 15
Creative Arts Professional Practice 15
Creative Arts Research Skills 20
Devising Performance 15
Marketing in Creative Arts 15
Performing Arts Workshop Leadership 15
Personal And Professional Development 15
Physical Theatre Performance 15
Preparation, Process And Production In The Creative Arts 20
Small Scale Touring In The Performing Arts 15
Theatre Directing 15
Theatre In Education 15
Writing For Performance 15
Work-Based Experience 15
Movement For The Actor 15
Site Specific Performance 15

Awarding body

Pearson (Edexcel)

Entry requirements

Students under 21:

48 UCAS points

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

. BTEC/National Diploma
. International Baccalaureate
. Advanced & Progression Diplomas
. Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Maths with a minimum of grade C/4 or recognised equivalent are required.

Students over 21:

If you do not have the above UCAS for GCSE requirements but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed & still considered.

In addition to the above students will be expected to deliver a succesful monologue within an audition environment

Progression / Careers

Acting School
Working in the industry
Progression to teaching/education degrees



Modes of assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used that include practical observation, company discussion and debate, situational problem solving, presentations and personal diary/logbook entries. Video and computer based analysis will be encouraged.

Additional information

Graduate Testimonials

‘My dream for this year in my training was to gain a place at Drama School. I have achieved that so thank you for helping me to fulfil my dream’
Affton Smith- Acting Graduate 2013

This year has been exciting and has opened my eyes. It has broadened my knowledge not only as an actor but as a director too. It has made me realise the possibilities for my future and that I am capable, creative and expressive’
The PPP provided me with a supportive creative environment which has helped to build my confidence; I have learnt leadership skills and how to voice my opinions
Jasmine Bayrum- Acting Graduate 2013

I’ve gained many strengths as an actor, Ubu was the first show where I have had to play multiple characters in a professional setting.
Thjis training has developed my skills set to enable me to create clearly defined characters and present them to a paying public audience.
Our company came together and took control of the piece and performed a great show.
Michael May- Acting Graduate 2013 on the graduation performance of UBU

We have shown how we have progressed throughout the year by performing a very physical, mentally and vocally challenging piece and doing it justice. We expanded our horizons by looking at a variety of workshop leaders, practitioners and artistic techniques and methodologies.
A performance to remember
Phil Edmonds- Acting Graduate 2013 on the graduation performance of UBU

This year has enabled me to gain new experiences and build upon and expand my skills set
Harriet Harris- Dance Graduate 2013


This information may be subject to change without prior notice.

Timetables are normally available one week before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.