HND in Performing Arts

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What is the programme structure?

Students can follow two different pathways; Acting or Dance and study a variety of units. The three mandatory units are, Creative Arts Professional Practice, Creative Research Skills and Preparation and Process and Production in the Creative Arts. The Acting pathway consists of acting for camera, acting for musical theatre, applied contemporary performance practice, classical acting, musical theatre performance, performing arts workshop leadership, research project, movement for the actor, singing for musical theatre, theatre directing and vocal method in context. The Dance pathway consists of tap dance technique and performance, jazz dance technique and performance, research project, site specific performance, small scale touring in the performing arts, choreography of group performance, choreography for solo performance, classical ballet background and technique, classical ballet development and analysis, commercial dance, contemporary dance technique, contemporary dance techniques and performance, dance and health and dance for camera.

Who is the programme for?

The course has been designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in employment as a professional performer or for progression to a degree course at university.

How long does it take to complete?
2 years full-time (2 days per week).

What qualifications do I need?

UCAS Points Required: 80 points from Level 3 qualifications. For example: A levels; BTEC Extended Diploma; Access to HE Diploma; NVQ3. In addition, GCSE English at Grade 4/5 or C equivalent is desired or be willing to work towards this qualification. Students who do not meet the admissions requirements will be considered for entry if they can demonstrate that they have the relevant vocational experience, motivation and personal qualities appropriate for this course.

What does it include?

Listed below is an example of units typically delivered but the Pearson Edexcel qualifications are modular, which allows a certain degree of flexibility and Mid Cheshire College will tailor the units to the needs and interests of the group.

Dance Pathway

Dance and Health
2 x units in Contemporary Dance
Choreography for solo and group
Commercial Dance
2 x units in Jazz
Dance for Musical Theatre
Dance Criticism and Analysis

Acting Pathway

Development of the actor
Naturalistic Acting
Classical Acting
Theatre Directing
Stage Management
Writing for Performance
Acting for Musical Theatre
Voice and speech development and practice
Historical Context

Please note some of the guided learning hours will be delivered in collaboration with the HND Music students.

Are there any special facilities for the programme?
The College has specialist state of the theatre and dance studio.

Will there be any extra costs involved?

Students may need to purchase specialist footwear. Optional educational visits are charged at cost as and when they arise. Find out about tuition fees and additional course costs

How is the programme assessed?
A range of assessment methods will be used, including presentations, workshops, performances, academic essays and work-based projects. Assessment is on-going and tutor assessed, with formal assessments moderated by the awarding body. There are no exams.

What award will I achieve?
Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts

Examining/Validating Body:
Pearson Edexcel

What can I do next?

Key progression pathways from this industry recognised qualification:

• Direct entry onto the second or third year of a relevant Degree or Honours Degree programme, depending on the match of units studied to the Degree programme in question.

• Auditions for prestigious Dance and Drama Schools.

• Entry into employment in the performing arts industries.

• Career development prospects for those already employed in industry.

Equal Opportunities:

Mid Cheshire College is committed to the implementation of a policy to achieve equality of opportunity for all staff, students and members of the community it serves. In doing so the College will actively work to achieve equality regardless of age, race, skin colour, disability, gender, marital status, sexuality and faith.

Additional Learning Support is available for HE students who declare a disability or a specific learning difficulty, and who have claimed the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA). See link below for details.

How do I get further information?

Contact the college on 01606 74444, visit the website or email

COURSE Details

Code: QHNDL5PER1/F011H
Location: Hartford Campus
Dates: 18/09/2017 to 25/05/2019
Fee: £5995.00
Hours/week: 12.00
Weeks: 30

Apply online

01606 74444

All applicants wishing to apply for a Higher Education course at Mid Cheshire College must apply through UCAS – see the link below for help with the application process. Although the deadline is 15th January, we will consider late applications but advise applying by the end of April.

The only exception to this is for those applying for the employer-sponsored HNC/HND Engineering, who can complete the 19+ Application Form which can be downloaded here.

To find out more about the application process and how to write personal statements, follow the resources below.

Do you have any questions?
If there is anything you would still like to know about this course, please don't hesitate to ask us.

Money matters.
Depending upon your circumstances, you may be able to apply for financial support to help you during your studies. Find out more.