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Performing Arts: Level 5 HND

Course information

Course Summary

The BTEC HND in Performing Arts course is a practical and vocational training program designed to reflect the contemporary arts industry. The course aims to enable you to develop the most relevant skills and a flexible toolkit that will equip you for a career in the arts. You will complete a wide range of units including: Devising Performance, Acting for Camera, Singing, Movement and Acting for Stage.

Course Code:N5698
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 5
Awarded by:Pearson
Course Length

Two years.

12 hours per week - direct delivery

UCAS Course Code074W
UCAS Abbreviated TitleHND/PA
UCAS Institutional CodeN49
Course Detail

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Nescot’s Epsom School of Theatre Arts combines training in contemporary, physical and musical theatre. It is made up of three companies: Forge Theatre, Nexus Ensemble and (e) Merge. The companies perform with the ethos of creating work which is physically daring, emotionally engaging and visually stunning.

You’ll undertake a number of industry-related projects including full scale performances of a classic text and a contemporary play. The course also includes two fully-funded trips overseas that link and support projects embedded on the program.

Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer. Details of the course timetable will be available at the course induction.

You can download a programme specification here


What you can expect:

  • Based on the principles of a drama school, Forge Theatre and Nexus Ensemble give you the opportunity to experience a professional theatre environment.
  • Specialist workshop opportunities throughout the year including stage combat, script writing, Heels workshops, and Commedia Dell’Arte.
  • All assignments are industry-focused, with an emphasis on performance.
  • Industry-related careers week with talks and workshops from casting agencies, drama schools, equity, performers and producers.
  • Enrich your education with theatre visits, both to watch performances and to have back-stage tours.
  • You will work in state-of-the-art studios and workshops on the main campus.
  • Staff are experienced practitioners who still train and work within the industry.
  • Students practise as a company member and have the opportunity to perform in a number of different shows across the year in a variety of theatres. In the past these have included Lyric Hammersmith, Soho Theatre and G Live in Guildford.

HND Year 1 Units:

  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Professional Development
  • Singing
  • Ensemble Singing
  • Devised Theatre and Performance
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Acting
  • Voice and Speech for the Actor


HND Year 2 Units:

  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry
  • Directing
  • Dance for Actors
  • Performance Project
  • Management Role
  • Acting


Student fees include the following:

  • 1 international trip a year- the trip consists of theatre trips, workshops, culture visits. We have visited Athens in Greece, Reykjavik in Iceland, Inter- railed Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice in Italy, Barcelona.
  • Theater Visits- Range of West End, Fringe and local performances.
  • Networking events with agents, theatre companies, film institutions.
  • Workshops in building and promoting your own business, tax returns.
  • Workshops with companies such as cast from Mamma Mia, Rocket Man, Inbetweeners.
Course Fees

Fees for Academic Year 2021/22

£6,800*

*Exam fee included as well as additional costs (including an additional fee of £1,000 to cover field trips including overseas)

Concession: NO
Government Subsidised: NO
Student Loan Available: YES (Higher education loan may be available)

Fees are for 2021/22 entry and are for UK students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Student fees for this course include the following:

  • 1 international trip a year- the trip consists of theatre trips, workshops, culture visits. We have visited Athens in Greece, Reykjavik in Iceland, Inter- railed Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice in Italy, Barcelona.
  • Theatre Visits- Range of West End, Fringe and local performances.
  • Networking events with agents, theatre companies, film institutions.
  • Workshops in building and promoting your own business, tax returns.
  • Workshops with companies such as cast from Mamma Mia, Rocket Man, Inbetweeners.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:

From A levels:64 UCAS Tariff points

BTEC:64 UCAS Tariff points

Plus: GCSE (9 - 4): minimum of five subject including Mathematics and English Language.

We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience that is equivalent to the typical offer.

Applications from international students with equivalent qualifications are welcome.

A minimum IELTS score of 6 overall, with no element below 5.5, or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Your Next Steps

After completion of the HND Performing Arts course progression either directly into employment within the Industry or to a BA Top Up course at various Universities and Drama Schools would be appropriate.

The BTEC Higher Nationals have been developed with career progression and recognition by professional bodies in mind. Details of exemptions and professional bodies are published on the Pearson website under the qualification title.

Other Information

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Last updated - 18/09/19