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Performing Arts

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

Our provision has been created to meet modern industry standards in the field of entertainment, we at Hertford Regional College have founded a professional theatre company, the Entertainment Training Lab (ETL). Our project based learning enables students to acquire new skills and develop within a small focused group. On completing you will have a recognised qualification which provides the option to top up and progress to the final year of a full BA Hons degree at a university. Our offer of projects are:

  • Pantomimes
  • Street Festival Work
  • Variety Performance 
  • Immersive Performances
  • Entertainment Industry Studies
  • Parade Work and Costumed Interactions
  • Musical Theatre Performances and Directing
  • Dance for Musical Theatre including Tap Dance
  • Performance for Television, Radio and Audiobook

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

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

Year Two Modules

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

** 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
  • International Trips
  • 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?

To engage in the full experience of being a HND Performing Arts student you will need to, have a valid passport that will enable you to attend international locations. From time to time you may also wish to make purchases to support your studies. i.e. costumes or props.

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:

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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