This dynamic course is designed to push you to reach your full potential, focusing on vocational training and equal sessions of acting, singing and dance. We will support you and expand your knowledge by exploring new topics with units such as ‘Acting for Camera’, ‘Audition Preparation’, ‘Ballet’ and ‘Singing Repertoire’ as well as academic sessions in ‘Working in the Performing Arts Industry’ and ‘Professional Development’.
You will also be given many opportunities to show your progression by participating in performance projects both in-house at our resident Sue Townsend Theatre and out in the community throughout the year. Leicester has some excellent links to the professional industry and we have a strong working relationship with Curve Theatre. We are often invited to watch productions, meet the cast and creative teams, as well as to watch working rehearsals and open dress runs, all of which will enhance your knowledge and give you a clear insight as to how a professional production is produced.
You will have the opportunity to graduate with a Higher National Certificate after successful completion year 1 or continue to achieve a Higher National Diploma over 2 years.
What You'll Learn
Over the course of the year, you will develop and perfect technical and performance abilities within all three disciplines of the course, as well as exploring new and exciting ways in which you could work within the Performing Arts industry.
You will be challenged appropriately and assessed accordingly to ensure you have a clear understanding of the areas that have room for improvement. You will be guided by both current and former industry professionals who intend on giving you a sound foundation and key knowledge that has helped them whilst working in the industry.
You will study the following:
Acting; sessions in classical and contemporary script, improvisation and acting for camera will allow you to test your skills as an aspiring young professional. Woking closely with peers, you will build a quiet confidence and refine your abilities. The variety of acting styles will allow you to develop in areas in which you may have not yet explored.
Jazz, dance and ballet; this will be the core of the scheduled dance sessions that you will take, working towards a sound technical ability in both whilst applying performance skills and style. You will be assessed in both sessions and may be asked to perform solo for this assessment. This will allow you the luxury of the tutor’s full attention and assessment feedback will be greatly detailed, giving you a clear understanding of areas for improvement moving forward.
Singing and vocal; sessions will involve both group work as an ensemble and as a soloist. This will allow you to refine skills as part of a large choral group as well as working on developing confidence as a solo singer and performer. You will also have many opportunities to show these developing skills to peers and audience members at regular performance intervals.
Audition technique will combine the three aspects of the course and you will start to build upon the triple-threat performer by attending weekly sessions that will link directly to the preparation for Drama School and University auditions, Business, and professionalism. Not only will you be working towards being a sound performer, you will also be working towards becoming a savvy and intellectual individual who understands the requirements of being a performer, looking into topics such as: auditions (Drama School and Professional), agents, networking, tax and nutrition.
Standard entry is 32 UCAS points (A level grade C) or BTEC Extended Diploma (PPP) consisting of at least one full level 3 qualification in a related subject. You are also expected to hold GCSE English at grade 4/C or equivalent. AS Levels are only counted towards your UCAS tariff in combination with a full level 3 qualification.
We welcome applicants who do not match standards entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and can evidence relevant experience or natural ability.
All applicants are invited for interview and audition to demonstrate suitability for the programme. You will be asked to demonstrate your skills in acting, singing and dancing through workshops and prepared work. Full guidance provided on application.
How you will be assessed
Assessments for the course will include both practical work in the form of studio/theatre-based performance. In addition to practical work, students are assessed via presentations and written coursework.
Total Fees: £6165.00
As part of this course, you will need to purchase practical dance attire, college uniform and supporting texts and scores. There will be a number of trips and productions both local and national to deepen your knowledge of the working theatre. Approximate additional costs: £150.
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
Upon successful completion of Year 1 you will be awarded 120 credits and a Higher National Certificate in Musical Theatre and you will perform as part of a group in the end of year production at our resident Sue Townsend Theatre.
Throughout the year you will have researched and applied for Drama Schools and Universities, looked into/gained professional work and have a clear path for your next steps within the industry.
Students may wish to continue study on a Higher National Diploma level 5 or progress into areas of related work within the performing arts sector. Successful completion of the Higher National Diploma, graduates may seek a place at a drama school or University top-up to full degree.
What Happens Next
Applications can be made through UCAS at ucas.com using the course code W410, institution code L36. Due to the nature of this programme, you may also be invited to attend an interview or audition. Where necessary, other means of interview/audition (i.e. telephone, web-based, CD/DVD) can be arranged.