Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Performing Arts (General)

This programme develops a wide range of performance skills (acting, voice, devising, acting for camera and movement) and is aimed at dedicated learners who want to move into the performing arts industry or drama school, and are looking for further practical training and a nationally-recognised Level 4 qualification (Title:HNC Diploma in Performing Arts). This full time course is delivered by experienced professionals who are experts in the industry and have an extensive  performance and teaching profile.


Introductory course information

Award: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts (General)

UCAS Code: 0F47

Institution Code: K83

Location of study: Kingston College, Kingston Hall Road

Awarding body: Students who complete the course successfully will receive a higher national qualification from Kingston University.

Course duration: 1 year (full-time)

Academic year dates: September 2018 - July 2019

Days of the week: Currently Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays (subject to change)

Work placements: N/A.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least 32 UCAS points from one A Level, a BTEC Level 3 or equivalent qualification. You will need to pass an audition and provide a satisfactory reference. Mature students with relevant performance experience may also be considered.

International Entry Requirements

High School Leaving Certificate. Satisfactory reference, audition for applicants in the UK, DVD accepted from students overseas. IELTS 5.5 or equivalent English Language Certificate.

Course overview

The course is practically driven but it also demands academic ability to build a solid grounding in performance, theory, industry knowledge, and business skills. Performance opportunities run throughout the course.

Skills covered are tailored to drama school/industry requirements:

  • Practical skills provide the building blocks and include acting, movement, voice, devising, film and TV, audition techniques. (Extra dance, production and/or writing opportunities may be customised to an individual’s learning programme if required.)
  • Industry knowledge will underpin practical skills. Participants will develop a well-presented CV and be supported to develop an industry-level profile as a performance practitioner. Knowledge about agents, agencies, unions, relevant legal and statutory frameworks, current and historic company structures, and funding, will form the basis of ensuring industry readiness.

Module information

Students will study the following Level 4 units:-

  • The Performing Arts Industry (Core, 15 credits): This provides an exploration into the creative arts industry, considering varied jobs roles and functions within the performing arts.
  • Professional Development (Core, 15 credits): Building on your knowledge of working within the performing arts, this unit encourages you to set yourself up as a professional within the industry, considering the audition process and online promotion.

The College intends for the following modules to be available, however this may depend on staffing:-

  • Investigation of Specialism (Optional, 15 credits): Research and development of a genre and/or practitioner explored by theory and practice.
  • Acting (Optional, 15 credits): Practical application of acting skills, with an opportunity for live performance.
  • Acting for Camera (Optional, 15 credits): Refining of acting technique, suitable for screen – filmed within the TV studio as KHR & CIC.
  • Singing (Optional, 15 credits): Sessions will train actors to use their voices and develop strengths vocally in singing.
  • Movement for Actors (Optional, 15 credits): Working with the body and exploring creative physicality will condition actor’s bodies ready for performance.
  • Devising Theatre and Performance (Optional, 15 credits): Provides students with the opportunity to be creative and generate performance work from a range of stimuli.
  • Voice and Speech for Actors (Optional, 15 credits): Vocal training and conditioning to support actors with their performance work.

Teaching and learning


You are taught through a combination of lectures and practicals. Practicals enable you to develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will have access to computer labs and library facilities throughout your course.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity. Assessment comprises a variety of methods including coursework, group work, practical activities, presentations, written reports, essays and examinations. Extra rehearsal space and support for self-guided company development work will be allocated as appropriate.

Academic support

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

        • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
        • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
        • academic writing (including how to reference)
        • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
        • critical thinking and understanding arguments
        • revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Visit their pages for more information.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Course costs and financial support

Fees: For the academic year 2018-19 the tuition fees for this course are:

        • UK/EU students: Full-time £4,950 (TBC)
        • Overseas/International students: Full-time £TBC


Inflation linked tuition fee rises: The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. Any increases would not exceed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast for RPI-­‐X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). This intention will be clearly advertised on the College’s promotional material.


The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

        • annual printing allowance

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

        • awarding body fees
        • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
        • the cost of books, or software that you might wish to purchase.


Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.


Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.


Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.

Careers and progression

Successful graduates can progress onto University (1st or 2nd year). The course also prepares graduates for industry auditions and employment.

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