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Learn creative skills and perform in our state-of-the-art Michael Morpurgo Theatre at our Broxbourne campus. With professional dance studios, a recording and TV studio, plus tutors with industry experience, you'll learn the tricks of the trade in preparation for your career. Our 140-seat performance theatre, will allow you to showcase your talents with the help of the latest lighting and sound technology.
What makes Performing & Production Arts at HRC special?



  • As a Performing & Production Arts student, you'll gain vital work experience including working on matinées and evening performances at both the Michael Morpurgo Theatre and other local theatres
  • Our Performing Arts students regularly tour local schools with productions and have previously visited Princess Alexandra Hospital to entertain the children's ward
  • You will experience the production aspects of producing a performance, working behind the scenes to plan and deliver a show
  • HRC students are well-known for putting on outstanding shows, being recognised by award-winning writer, Michael Morpurgo as having "wonderful talent"
  • We are proud to be in the Top 25 colleges for student achievement in Performing Arts for learners aged 16 to 18 (2018) What do our students say?
    "The course has taught me new skills and showed me strengths I didn't know I had."
    "The course itself was fantastic; I felt challenged but knew help was there if I needed it"

    Career Destinations

    We're proud that our students go onto careers including:

    • Theatre technician - various roles
    • Community Arts Worker
    • Dancer/Actor
    • Drama/Dance Therapist
    • Theatre Director
    • Teacher

    What can I do next?

    You will gain the experience and technical skills in order to make a successful application to higher education courses such as our own HND in Performing and Production Arts or Foundation Degree and BA Hons Degree at universities and/or private establishments. Previous learners have successfully applied for St Mary's, Bedfordshire, Bath Spa, Leeds, South Bank and Birmingham to name a few.

    What will I be doing?

    You will participate in both theory and practical workshops that will develop and enhance your skills in a variety of areas such as

    • designer and operator, sound technician
    • designer and operator stage designer
    • stage manager and crewing.
    You will gain a greater understanding of the industry allowing you to experience projects such as Theatre in Education, creating an individual sound to light performance, supporting performing arts and music learners and using multi-media in live performance.

    Added Extras

    There's lots of perks to this course, including:



  • Participating in professional workshops and watching live professional performances both locally and in London
  • Learning vital employability skills such as CV writing, interview techniques, create show reel and how to present as a professional in the industry

  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through a mixture of practical performances and coursework which will consist of research, context, reflective journey logs and evaluating yourself and others and producing working technical packs.

    Entry requirements?

    To take on this course you will need:

    • 5 GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above or a Level 2 at Merit level
    • To attend an interview/ creative workshop to assess your skills and interests


    p>We also welcome applications from students with relevant experience or qualifications.

    If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

    What do I need to bring?

    You will need to provide a £90 kit fee, which will also cover trips and workshops. This will include branded clothing to wear in class and health and safety garments such as steel toe cap boots, gloves and torch. If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

    If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Fee Information

    Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2019.

    If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2019, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20).

    Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £8500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20).

    If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

    For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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