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Performing Arts

UCAS Code: W401
Institution Code: H37
Campus Code: B (Broxbourne)

This course has been created to meet modern industry standards in the field of entertainment. Students enrolling will become a member of the inhouse founded professional theatre company; the Entertainment Training Lab (ETL). Our project based learning enables students to acquire new skills and train within a focused group in acting, singing and dance. Upon completion of the course stduents will have an industry recognised qualification and enable them to top-up to the final year of a full BA Hons degree at a university. Examples of projects students train in:

  • Pantomimes
  • Street Festival Work
  • Variety and Cabaret Performance 
  • Immersive Performances
  • Entertainment Industry Studies
  • Parade Work and Costumed Interactions
  • Musical Theatre Performances and Directing
  • Dance for Musical Theatre including Tap Dance Technique
  • Performance for Television
  • Performing Plays and Text
  • Technique classes in Singing, Acting and Dance
  • Health and Fitness Management
  • Professional Development and Industry Awareness Training

With the planned £700 million Sunset Studios only a few miles from the Broxbourne campus, HRC is perfectly placed to develop the next generation of filmmakers, producers and creatives.

What can I do next?

The two most common progression pathways upon finishing the HND qualification are to apply for a third year of study at university to top-up your HND qualification to a BA Hons or you can enter the industry and apply for jobs relevant to your area of interest.

What will I be doing?

Year One Modules

  • Acting 1
  • Acting for Camera
  • Devising for Theatre and Performance
  • Musical Theatre History in Practice
  • Performing Arts Industry
  • Professional Development
  • Singing 1
  • Voice and Speech for Actors

Year Two Modules

  • Acting 2
  • Creative Arts Research Project
  • Dance for Musical Theatre
  • Immersive Theatre
  • Performance Project
  • Singing 2
  • Working in Performing Arts Industry

** Modules are subject to change **

Added Extras

As a Performing Arts HND student at Hertford Regional College you have the fantastic opportunity to engage in a range of different activities to support your studies. These include:

  • Trips and visits to theatre performances
  • Guest lecturers and networking with industry professionals
  • Opportunities to form a performance company and use college facilities
  • Live performances in collaboration with other courses such as Media or Music

How will I be assessed?

HND assessment is awarded on a Pass, Merit and Distinction method.

  • Live Theatrical Performances
  • Rehearsal Observations
  • Casting Auditions 
  • Creative Digital Material
  • Presentations
  • Practical Workshop Leadership
  • Portfolio
  • Written Assessment
  • Industry Research

Entry requirements

48 UCAS points generated from a performance vocational qualification or A Level. English and Maths requirement grade [4] or [C]. (Resit classes for English and Maths will be arranged alongside your Performing Arts HND if the requirement is not met).

Additional Entry Requirements
Group Workshop Audition


What do I need to bring?

  • Practical clothing
  • Water to every practical class
  • Notepad and pen
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Class specific equipment e.g. Ballet, Jazz and tap shoes

Fee Information

As a university student you can apply for Student Finance England to support you to cover the costs of tuition and maintenance fees. Our tuition rate is £6,165 (academic year 2022/2023).
Tuition loans from Student Finance are paid directly to the college and maintenance loans are paid to you termly to support your everyday costs of accommodation, travel and leisure.
To find out more about funding visit:

There may be opportunities for trips and visits organised, these will be at an additional charge for the students.

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change

Further Information


A HND is equal to the first two years of university degree, this means you can top-up your HND with one year of university study to achieve a full degree. It is how a HND is different to university study that makes them so unique. Compared on average to university centres you will:

  • Have more hours of contact on a HND with tutors and specialists, currently it is 14 hours per week compared a much lower number at university.
  • You will have a comprehensively devised timetable that ensures your timetable is compressed so that you do not have hours between classes and will be in classes around three days per week.
  • You will be a part of a focused team in smaller classes rather than a number of a large group.
  • You will pay considerable amount less in tuition fees for the same level of academic engagement. See above link in fees section.
  • You will have a lot of opportunity to focus your study within your units to create work that interests you.


The best way to apply is via UCAS using the course UCAS code: W401 / Institution Code: H37
If you have any enquiries or require further support and guidance with your application, please email the team directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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