What will I learn?

This high level qualification is the equivalent of the first one/two years of a degree and is ideal for students who have completed Level 3 qualifications in Performing Arts and wish to prepare for employment in industry or progression onto university.

Level 4 (1 year) – Higher National Certificate

Level 5 (2 years) – Higher National Diploma

What will I learn?

The skills that are developed on this course and the training you will receive enable students to become professional performers, and theatrical practitioners. Students will work to run a theatre company, find funding and create work in a variety of genres for a wide variety of clients.

Year One
The first year of the course leads to a BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (equivalent to 1st year of a university degree).

Year Two
The second year course leads to a BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (equivalent to 2nd year of a university degree).

Units covered

  • Performing Arts Workshop Leadership
  • Research Project
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Classical Acting
  • Acting for Musical Theatre
  • Applied Contemporary Performance Practice
  • Acting for Camera

    How do I apply?

    You can apply to study via the UCAS website under Sparsholt College here! For more information, contact Performing Arts Curriculum Leader Gary Rake on 01264 360027 or at Gary.Rake@andover.ac.uk

    As part of your studies you will also be expected to not only visit numerous examples of the art form but to take your work on tour.

    How will I be assessed?

    Students will be assessed through production and performance assessment, written reflection, written assignments, coursework, presentations and computer related project work. The majority of emphasis will be on practical application of the assessment criteria, providing realistic scenarios and making maximum use of work-related practical experience.

    Where will it lead me?

  • Working Professionally
  • University
  • Drama School

    Career options

  • Actor/Actress
  • Theatre Management
  • Public Relations
  • Production
  • Director
  • Technician, Rigger

    Entry Requirements

    The requirements for this course would be a Merit In a relevant BTEC level 3 qualification, at least a C in a relevant A Level Subjects or a total of 120 UCAS tariff points

    We sometimes also consider students who possess a high level of experience in industry but no formal qualifications.

    Please note that all offers are subject to both an interview and audition.

    As part of your studies you will also be expected to not only visit numerous examples of the art form but to take your work on tour.

  • Qualification:

    Level 4



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    On Campus

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