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Performing Arts Higher National Diploma

The HND in Performing Arts provides a platform to students where they can explore a wide range of performance skills led by a number of lecturers, with a focus on live productions aimed at the community and/or education. As a BMAPA HND student, each live project has a work related outcome in either of the above sectors and requires students to build on their individual professional image as well as create a new identity within their company.

As part of the course, students will extend their technical and academic skills further, with performance outcomes toured across the four different campuses, in addition to links with industry experts and community companies/charities.

We are in the process of building close links with established Drama School Community courses which will be a viable option for students if they wish to ‘top-up’ their Level 4 course to higher.

Course Info

Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Media, Music & Performance
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Course Length
33 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS UCAS Tariff Points: Pre-2017 Entry - 120 points, Post-2017 Entry - 48 points The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 2 A Levels at Grade D BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade PPP BTEC Diploma: Grade MP BTEC 90 Credit Diploma: Grade MM Access to HE: Grade P45 If the Level 3 qualification is made up of A Levels, one A Level must be Drama or Theatre Studies. All other Level 3 qualifications must be a performing arts subject. Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above: 5 which must include: GCSE English: Grade C or 4 Are Level 2 equivalents accepted?: Yes NON-ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS Workshop Attendance

Delivery and Assessment

This course is assessed through a combination of coursework, written reports, presentations and practical workshops.


Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to a range of careers including arts administration, community theatre, theatre design, theatre in education and television and radio.

Career Opportunities

  • Writers
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Music Arrangers
  • Editors
  • Stage Managers
  • Backing Vocalists
  • Actors
  • Booking Agents
  • Box Office Managers
  • Choreographers
  • TV Film and Radio Producers