Course Information

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Performing Arts (RQF)


Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Cookstown
Week Starting: 12 September 2022
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 19
Total Hours: 570
Fee: 2700
Places Available: 16
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HND Diploma in Performing Arts offers Learners the chance to develop a broad range of skills in the subject area. This course offers an ideal opportunity to build on work from Level 3 Performing Arts or Drama, to pursue a specialist interest and focus on practical performance skills, or for those with experience in acting who wish to return to study. Skills Focus funding available towards course fees for eligible employers to up skill staff or for self employed students. Please ask for further details.

Additional Information

Fees are payable annually.

Terms & Conditions

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE).
  • 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.
  • *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Course Content

    There is a strong practical element to the course which is underpinned by academic processes. Core units focus on developing an understanding of the performing arts industry and research skills. Practical work begins with a focus on building skills in areas such as voice, movement, mask, acting and writing. These practical and academic skills are then applied to a number of performance projects. The course is structured into eight units.

    Core Modules

  • Core units:
  • Creative Arts;
  • Professional Practice; and
  • Creative Arts Research Skills.
  • Specialist units may include:
  • Development of Acting Skills;
  • Devising Plays; and
  • Outreach Drama.
  • Assessment Method

    Assessment is through assignments to be completed throughout the year. These will take a variety of formats including: presentations, written assignments, recorded discussions, practical demonstrations, rehearsal journals, research tasks, evaluations and performances.

    Progression Opportunities

    This course could lead to a career in acting for stage, screen or radio. It also leads directly into further study at higher level in subjects such as Acting, Drama, Theatre Studies, Performing Arts, Drama Therapy and Education. The course provides a range of transferable skills which would be useful in a wide range of careers, including: teaching, youth and community work, presenting, marketing, customer service and journalism.

    Entry Requirements

    Four GCSE passes including English and Maths or equivalent and one A Level or a BTEC Level 3 Diploma or an approved Access course. Refer to general entry requirements.