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Performing Arts


Our full-time BTEC HND in Performing Arts is taking the dynamic and groundbreaking work of UpStageRight: Nescot Performing Arts to a higher level. This two-year specialist vocational programme provides you with a diverse range of skills and techniques to prepare you for life and your career. We work both as a Company and within the wider industry to ensure a strong, work-related emphasis and focus to all of your training. The course provides a thorough grounding and education in all the key techniques, concepts and practical skills required in the Performing Arts Industry alongside a qualification that is nationally recognised by employers and agents allowing progression directly into employment or to a top up degree.

Why should I study this?

The skills and techniques that you will learn on this course will prepare you for your first steps in this exciting and vibrant industry. We understand that Performing Arts is a practical subject that is best learnt through a hands-on approach, so we teach practically and physically. You will also spend time on the academic side of the qualification through units such as Creative Arts Research Skills.

What will I study?

The BTEC HND in Performing Arts course is designed to reflect the industry whilst developing the skills you already possess and teaching you new techniques. You will complete a wide range of units that can cover everything including Acting with Masks, Devising Performance and Contemporary Dance Techniques. You will undertake a number of industry-related projects including full scale performances. Projects are undertaken via a mixture of group work and individual tasks and assessment is carried out using a variety of approaches including blogs, presentations, performances, creative journals, research and academic essays. We ensure that the assessment method is best suited to you the individual student.

Who will teach me?

Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff are all industry qualified and experienced practitioners, designers, directors, technicians and theatre professionals. This means that we can bring real and relevant experience to you and your work. We also work with other industry professionals including Performers, Directors and Companies who will support and enrich your studies by providing specialist workshops in elements such as scriptwriting, stage combat, puppetry and classical theatre.

Why choose Nescot

The department has excellent facilities including two full-scale Theatres (Black Box and Proscenium Arch), an Acting Studio, a Dance Studio, as well as good quality teaching rooms with Interactive White Boards and networked computers. We also have an extensive scenic workshop for set building and fully-stocked costume and props stores. We are continuing to develop our industry links with professional practitioners and companies who enrich the teaching at Nescot.

What next?

If you are interested in the course then the next step is to apply. You will be invited in for an audition where you will be asked to perform either a monologue, song or dance of your choice (details will be sent before the interview date). You will also have an interview with members of the team where we will get to know more about you. At this interview we are not necessarily looking for outstanding academic ability as it is much more important to have a genuine passion and commitment for the subject, in addition to a pride in what you do and a desire to succeed.

Students at Nescot are among the most satisfied in the country.


The National Student Survey found 95% of those questioned were satisfied with their course, compared to 85% nationally.

This means Higher Education students at Nescot are the most satisfied in Surrey, and compares to 92% at the University of Cambridge, 91% at the University of Oxford, and 90% at the University of Durham.

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