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Pearson BTEC HND in Performing Arts

This two year course is equivalent to the 1st Year of a degree programme. It is a production-based course for students who wish to develop skills in the performing arts. The course is highly practical, but it also demands academic ability.

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Pearson BTEC HND in Performing Arts
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
16 £2500.00 Apply Now

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Course Structure


Modules Include:

  • Popular Entertainment
  • Voice and Speech Development and Practice
  • Naturalistic Acting
  • Devising Performance
  • Lighting Operations for Live Performance
  • Acting for Microphone
  • Site-specific Performance
  • Acting for Camera
  • Development of Acting Skills
  • Creative Arts Workshop Leadership
  • Theatre Directing
  • Alternative Approaches to Acting
  • Innovative Theatre Performance Work
  • Physical Theatre
  • Final Major Performance will dictate final module choice

Additional modules can be attained via the optional dance pathway. 

These may include:

  • Commercial Dance
  • Choreography of Group Performance
  • Dance for Musical Theatre
Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

15 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

22 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, and use of online materials


Entry Requirements


  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs Grade C or above (or Level 2 Essential Skills)

GCSE English

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy  


A minimum of 32 UCAS points including:

  • An A Level  OR
  • Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts

Access Diploma

  • Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with overall average of  58%+

International Requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5; (minimum of 5.5 in reading and writing and 5.0 in listening and speaking)
  • Or equivalent (examples of equivalent qualifications would be GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy - Grade C, ESOL Level 2 or another qualification gained at an institution within the UK).


  • All applicants will undergo an Interview; prepare and perform a 2-3 minute monologue from a published play, and participate within a drama workshop. The outcomes of which, along with the required grades, will determine your successful entry to this programme.

Additional Skills

  • Desirable qualities should include good performance skills and/or performance experience
How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, project based learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?

Progression routes include top ups at University, or employment in the relevant field.  Students can gain entry to the second year, or a top-up final year of a degree programme with appropriate grades in particular subject modules.

The specific vocational content of this course, along with access to a state-of-the-art theatre environment provide an invaluable prerequisite to employment in all aspects of the creative arts industries.  Previous students on this course have gained employment in technical theatre, teaching, and acting roles as well as establishing their own dance businesses. 

How will it make me more employable?
  • Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your technical competence.
  • Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking).
  • Gaining hands on experience through Industry Projects (PBL). 
  • Getting involved in activities such as the SERC Volunteer Programme and SERC Student Companies.  

As well as gaining a recognised qualification you will take part in employability skills workshops and gain skills in teamwork, commitment, IT and problem solving. You will also have the opportunity to become a member of The Glass Umbrella Theatre Company.

Additional Costs
Field trips are not compulsory, however there are occasions when lecturers will recommend productions which the teaching team deem supportive to the students' studies.  The department recognises the importance of providing students with the opportunity to see professional works, both locally and internationally.  Field trips do not have a direct impact on individual academic success.  Costings for field trips are based on the confirmed total number of students wishing to partake.  Estimated costings per programme could be in the region of £350.
Course and Provider regulated by Pearson.
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures.
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.

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