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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 skills 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 and Production Arts at HRC special?

  • As a Performing and Production Arts student, you will gain vital work experience including working on matinees 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:

  • Actor
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Dancer
  • Drama/dance Therapist
  • Theatre Director
  • Teacher

What can I do next?

You will have the technical skills in performance and devising 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 Middlesex, St Mary's, Bedfordshire, Bath Spa, Leeds, South Bank, Stella Mann, Chichester and Birmingham to name a few. You will have enhanced skills to support undertaking successful auditions in the industry.

What will I be doing?

You will participate in technique classes that will develop and enhance your skills in a variety of areas such as acting, vocal technique, script writing, physical theatre, ballet, contemporary and choreography. You will learn through practical and theoretical workshops focusing on different styles of performance and practitioners such as Stanislavski, Artaud, Frantic, Graham, Cunningham, Release

You will gain a greater understanding of the industry allowing you to experience projects such as Theatre in Education, exploring different stimuli, using multi-media in live performance, preparing dance solos and monologues for progression and experience acting to camera. You will also have the opportunity to experience the production aspects of producing a performance such as taking on the role as a director, choreographer, sound designer, light designer, costume designer and learning the importance of health and safety

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, audition techniques 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 course work which will consist of research, context, reflective journey logs and evaluating yourself and others.

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

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?

There is a small cost for essential course equipment, and for optional trips that take place during the year. The cost for equipment is not expected to exceed £90, and financial support is available if required.

Fee Information

If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2020, 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 1 qualification, approx. £2000 tutition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £4800 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2019/20 and could be subject to change for 2020/21).

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 2019/20 and could be subject to change for 2020/21).

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 and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

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

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change

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