HND Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

This course is delivered at the Eastern School of Performing Arts (ESPA) in Stamford and encompasses all aspects of Musical Theatre. It provides an excellent grounding in singing, dancing and acting, alongside developing individuality and performance skills. Working in a vocational manner, in a private theatre school setting allows students to focus and commit to their craft.

Students learn through a balanced programme of core training in acting, singing and dance technique along with developing artistic and creative individuality. The course comprises of modules which include Jazz, Singing, Vocal Repertoire, Acting and a Creative Research Project.

There are 15 contact hours per week and the course also allows students to take additional classes alongside the qualification to develop a five day a week schedule.

ESPA students will have their own study area on non-taught days for independent study and rehearsal. Throughout the course ESPA students will also be offered guest workshops with industry professionals.

ESPA provide a supportive environment that fosters not only the artistic development but also intellectual and personal development within all its students. The training is based around practical sessions and performance experience, where the three skills are brought together. Students will also study the historical, stylistic and professional aspects of the industry culminating in a solid understanding of the performing world.

You will have the opportunity to perform in both a showcase and full scale show during both the first and second year of the course along with some smaller community based and in house projects.

If you are applying to start in September 2021, you must meet the following entry requirements:

80 UCAS points with prior knowledge and skills in performing arts:

  • A-levels (CDD or BB)
  • BTEC (MMP)
  • Cambridge Technicals (MMP)

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language and mathematics at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

An interview and audition will also be required.

EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS

We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

UCAS TARIFF

To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator.

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Performing Arts Industry (15 credits)
  • Professional Development (15 credits)
  • Jazz Dance 1 (15 credits)
  • Commercial Dance 1 (15 credits)
  • Singing 1 (15 credits)
  • Acting 1 (15 credits)
  • Devising Theatre (15 credits)

Plus choose 15 credits of optional modules

  • Vocal Repertoire (15 credits)
  • Dance for Camera (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Creative Research Project (30 credits)
  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry (15 credits)
  • Jazz Dance 2 (15 credits)
  • Dance for Musical Theatre (15 credits)
  • Singing 2 (15 credits)
  • Acting 2 (15 credits)
  • Performance Project (15 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

  • For details of progression and module scenarios please refer to the Academic Regulations.
  • For details of assessment offences please refer to Academic Offence Policy.
  • For details of how we will inform you of changes to modules please refer to page 2 of the terms and conditions.

There are 15 contact hours per week and the course also allows students to take additional classes alongside the qualification to develop a five day a week schedule.

ESPA students will have their own study area on non-taught days for independent study and rehearsal. Throughout the course ESPA students will also be offered guest workshops with industry professionals.

Timetables are available at least 6 weeks before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 100%     Coursework (this will consist of practical demonstrations and performances, essays, journals, portfolios, rehearsal evidence and presentations)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 100%     Coursework (this will consist of practical demonstrations and performances, essays, journals, portfolios, rehearsal evidence and presentations)

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

You will be required to advance your performance technique in various regional and local theatres. During your shows you will have access to professionals from the musical theatre industry to guide your professional development such as, Directors, Stage Crew, Lighting and Sound Engineering during our full scale shows to give you an all round unique insight in to the world of the performing arts.

You will have the opportunity to apply to Theatre/Dance Colleges for further professional training. Students completing this course will also be prepared to go out into the world of work – into local or regional theatres as performers, or to develop their own Performing Arts businesses, teaching either privately or in schools and educational establishments.

You could also top-up to a full degree at university with a further one year of study.

The course is run by Eastern School of Performing Arts (ESPA).

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All FULL-TIME APPLICATIONS must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

When to apply

We advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have been successful and received an offer.

The following timeline is for applications to start a course in September 2021.

FIRST UCAS DEADLINE

  • Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 15th January 2021.
  • If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.

UCAS EXTRA

  • If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Thursday 25th February to Sunday 4th July 2021.
  • This also gives you the opportunity to add University Centre Peterborough as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

UCAS CLEARING

  • From Monday 5th July 2021 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.
  • Clearing is for those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.
  • If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.
  • If you don’t get the grades you expected, don’t panic. Just contact us during Clearing and we can  usually confirm your place very quickly. We are used to helping students at this time of year.

Types of offer

When you make an application, you will receive one of the following offers:

  • CONDITIONAL OFFER: You will have to meet certain conditions before the start of the course (such as achieving your exams with a certain grade). We will specify these conditions when making you an offer. When you achieve these grades your place will then be confirmed.
  • UNCONDITIONAL OFFER: You already meet the entry requirements for the course (i.e. you have achieved the grades already) and we are happy to offer you a place without conditions.
  • DECLINE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a place at this time. We will advise you why you were unsuccessful on this occasion and we can give you advice on alternative courses for progression.

Applicant days

  • We will be holding an Applicant Day for new students on Saturday 20th March 2021.
  • This invitation only event is available to students who are holding a Conditional Offer or Unconditional Offer. It will give you the opportunity to meet other students, academic staff and participate in subject sessions to help prepare you before starting in September 2021.
  • If you are still deciding on where to study then this day can be a great chance to see if studying with us is right for you.

Advice Sessions and Open Days

  • If you would like help with your application, more information about student finances or have any questions, then you are welcome to book onto one of our regular Advice Sessions where you can speak to a member of staff for help and advice.
  • During our Open Days we run a series of talks on a variety of topics including applications and student finance.
  • For dates and times of the latest Advice Sessions and Open Days visit www.ucp.ac.uk/events.

Key Facts

UCAS Code
1A69
Institution code
P56
Accredited by:
Pearson Edexcel

Location
Eastern School of Performing Arts (ESPA), Stamford

Duration and Delivery

HNC Full-time 1 year

HND Full-time 2 years


Start Date
September 2021

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2021/22 will be:

  • HNCHND Full-time: £6,500 per year

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.


Additional Notes

Click here for terms and conditions 2021/22 including our complaints policy.


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