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HND Performing Arts

The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Performing Arts is an exciting and dynamic full-time two-year course. The programme has an emphasis on learning skills current to the performing arts industry with the aim of increasing your employability. 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.

During the course, you will cover a number of subject areas, including a module on the performing arts industry, a module that focuses on your professional development in the industry and a creative research project.

The course is taught by subject specialists, and you will be working both independently and in small groups. There may also be opportunities for you to attend external performances and/or workshops with local theatres.

At Petroc, we offer a 20-day work placement internship (including a generous bursary payment) with a business, a local/national charity or organisation. This placement provides the opportunity to out learning into practice in a workplace setting and build stronger connections with industry contacts.

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Sep 2022 : Brannams : Full-time
Course Code : HEB137F (2022)
Level : Level 5
Duration : 2 Years

Cost : * Annual Fee £9250

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Course details


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

Entry Requirements

You should have prior attainment of a Level 3 qualification (such as A Levels, T Levels or BTEC) with the equivalent of 48 UCAS points or above. However, you may also be considered if you have relevant employment or practical experience. Please contact our Advice & Guidance team for more information.


Upon successful completion of this programme, you can progress to the BA (Hons) Professional Development (Creative Industries) programme at Petroc or complete your degree in your chosen specialism at another higher educator provider, university or college.

Depending on your specialism, you will gain skills to enable you to develop your career in the following areas: dancer, choreographer, assistant choreographer, performer, actor, costume design, sound design, set design, theatre manager, stage manager, assistant stage manager, workshop leader, education officer.

Facilities and resources

We offer excellent facilities on campus and a supportive learning environment. We also have a strong emphasis on practical work, and offer excellent links with employers and external organisations.


Q: Will I have the chance to do project work and develop my own interests?

A: There is a creative project in Year 2 of the course.

Q: Will I have to purchase textbooks for this course?

A: There is a core reading list for each module and these books are available in our learning resource centres.

Q: Is this course suitable for mature students?

A: Yes, there is usually a diverse range of ages and backgrounds on our programmes.

Q: Is there any funding available?

A: We can support you in applying for Student Finance. There are a range of support bursaries available if you meet the criteria. You will also have the opportunity to take part in the HE student Internship and bursary scheme.

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Starting Date : 13/09/2022
Course Code : HEB137F (2022) Brannams campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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