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Performing Arts (acting pathway) (Level 4 Higher National Certificate / Diploma)

Pearson BTEC
Performing Arts

Course Overview

This dynamic, multi-faceted course will provide you with a path to employment in a variety of on stage and off stage careers such as community performing arts, broadcasting, drama therapy and professional theatre. Building on your previous qualifications and experience, the course will allow you to enhance your skills in preparation for further studies at university level. Students of the course have been prize winners each year in the Northern Ireland Inter College Performing Arts Competitions. The course is delivered in our exceptionally well resourced Foyle Building, complete with a 170-seat theatre, dressing rooms, stage craft and property workshops and costume store. Lighting and sound equipment are of the highest professional standard. Numerous public performances take place here, and all students get many opportunities to be on stage or in offstage support roles. In the last few years our programme has included ambitious live theatre versions of films such as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Shaun of the Dead and The Big Lebowski. Students with acting, dance or technical theatre experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Start Date
    1 Sep 2023
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    1 Year (HNC) 2 Year (HND)
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate / Diploma HNC in Performing Arts (general pathway)/ HND Performing Arts (acting pathway)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 01/09/2023

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
Two young female students walking and laughing together

Course Modules

  • Choreography 2
  • Auditioning
  • Management role
  • Directing
  • Acting 2
  • Professional development
  • The performing arts industry
  • Creative research
  • Acting 1
  • Acting for camera
  • Choreography 1
  • Stagecraft
  • Musical theatre history in practice (singing/ acting)
  • Dance for camera
  • Working in the performing arts industry
  • Physical theatre
  • Sound Operation
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

32 UCAS Points plus satisfactory standard achieved at mandatory audition/ interview.Students with acting, dance or technical theatre experience are encouraged to apply.

ROI Requirements

32 UCAS Points equivalent plus satisfactory standard achieved at mandatory audition/ interview. Students with acting, dance or technical theatre experience are encouraged to apply.

Work Placement


What's Next?

Further Study

Students can progress in to second year in a number of drama/performing arts degree courses at UCLAN, Queens, UU and into third year at University of West of Scotland. Previous students have also progressed to further study at LAMDA, RADA, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Mountview.

Career Prospects

Students can go on to work in a variety of areas within the arts including professional acting for stage and screen, backstage industries such as stage management, lighting, set and sound design and education.


  • Image of Shan Farren
    This course has been an exciting and challenging journey that allowed me to discover my love of design. The excellent tutors opened my eyes to new materials, techniques and media which has helped me develop my illustration and digital skills. I’ve now decided to study Game Design at university.
    Shan Farren
  • Image of Suzanne Ramage
    When I finish my Foundation Degree I plan to progress to University and do a Bio-Medical Degree and eventually work in a forensic lab.
    Suzanne Ramage
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